Amtrak Begins Active Preparations To Launch Service To Miami Intermodal Center

Amtrak has begun active preparations to begin service to the Miami Intermodal Center, according to a presentation last week by the Florida Department of Transportation.

The FDOT presentation was made to a meeting of the Miami-Dade Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust.

The Miami Intermodal Center was built in front of Miami International Airport in 2013, with rental cars, Metrorail, Tri-Rail, Greyhound, Megabus, and Metrobus stations.

FDOT also built a platform for Amtrak with ticketing counters, a baggage room, restrooms and offices which were completed in 2015, but it was soon discovered that the platform was too short for Amtrak trains.

In 2016, FDOT completed $5.6 million worth of road work to solve allow for the longer Amtrak trains by closing a roadway when the train is in the station and providing alternate routes for cars, the presentation said.

Despite the millions spent, Amtrak then demanded FDOT pay relocation costs, which FDOT partially agreed to. Amtrak later decided they didn’t like the termination clause in a proposed contract with FDOT and abandoned plans to serve the MIC altogether, instead continuing to serve a station in nearby Hialeah.

In 2021 however, Amtrak once again expressed interest in serving the MIC.

Last month, Amtrak met with FDOT and obtained a copy of the facility plans. There was also a site visit and test train operation scheduled for last week.

Another coordination meeting is scheduled between Amtrak and FDOT this month, the presentation said.

Brightline has also expressed interest in serving the facility but there are no negotiations currently ongoing, FDOT said.

 

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Fern
6 months ago

Finally. One good bit of transit news in this damned region

NYC Transplant
6 months ago

What would really be a nice complement would be Metrorail allowing north or southbound trains to terminate at the Intermodal center without the current change of trains. There may be a historical reason for that transfer, but it’s not how a system like this works elsewhere.

Cully W
6 months ago

The historical reason is that MetroRail was poorly planned to begin with and the Half Penny Sales Tax the voters approved of for more MetroRail was squandered on other things. So the ONLY expansion to MetroRail was a spur that goes to MIC at MIA.

Lechozo
6 months ago

The yellow line is back to regular service since a couple of months ago.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Good

Anonymous
6 months ago

brightline here would be nice.

Not Anonymous
6 months ago

Great addition to Miami’s tiny public transportation system.

Anonymous
6 months ago

We’re tiny reads mediocre

Anonymous
6 months ago

Miami is not NY — we like our cars. — you can always move back

Living off A1A
6 months ago

Never lived there. As Miami-Dade really only has I-95 as a main corridor… having ANY real train service / Transportation “System” would be fantastic! This whole debacle is really, and they admitted it, AMTRAK’s fault by providing the *wrong* dimensions to FDOT in the first place! (or the plan would have involved the relocation of NW25th St.)

Not Anonymous
6 months ago

I’m not from NY, I’m a native Miamian

Steven Crosmer
6 months ago

I live in FL and I don’t like driving here. Drivers are getting rude just as bad as they are elsewhere in the nation. One stupid thing that is infecting the problems of driving in Florida just like New York are toll roads. Many of them are bankrupt, in poor condition, laced with political scandals, and cost way too much to drive on.
Be honest! DO YOU REALLY WANT TO PAY TOLLS AND PAY MORE TO DRIVE? If so, you have no room to complain about high gas prices nor paying an arm and a leg to park for just a day. Little do we realize Florida has more miles of toll roads than any other state in the nation, and if so, why don’t we have lower gas prices? Unless the extra tax money is lining the campaign coffers of the powers-that-be, I don’t know where it is going to.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Extend Metrorail from here to Douglas Road Station, with two or three stops in between.

Anonymous
6 months ago

FDOT is so completely FOS. They screwed up the station design adding a completely unnecessary and redundant bus depot in front of the station at 21 St when the County already built one at 25 St. That’s why the station is too short. Then they go through this nonsense of building a new railroad crossing so they can close 25 St when train rolls in instead of just extending one track closer to 21 St so the train would fit. Like they should have in the first place.

Cully W
6 months ago

Maybe they should have measured the two Amtrak trains, Silver Star and Silver Meteor that serve Miami before they built MIC. There was more than enough length had they built it differently. MetroRail already brings people next to Miami Central, and Tri-Rail will serve Miami Central soon as well. I don’t see why Brightline has an interest in using MIC as well.

Anonymous
6 months ago

To the airport but not into downtown. Makes perfect sense. In the third world. WTF.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Why ? Take metro train to downtown —

Anonymous
6 months ago

What good is Amtrak when it takes you twice as long than a car to get anywhere. Amtrak and Bright line need to invest in faster services.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Maybe they should disconnect the train to make it shorter and then only allow one train car at a time lol 😆😆😆 what a waist of money. Who was the board of personnel that approved this design. Idiots

Anonymous
6 months ago

Also what good is a train when it only goes North and South. Still need a car when you get somewhere. So save yourself an Uber and rent a car and Drive to where you want to go.