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Connection Made: Tri-Rail One Step Closer To Rolling Into Downtown Miami

Tri-Rail has reached a milestone in their planned service to downtown Miami.

Yesterday, construction was completed on a link from the existing Tri-Rail tracks to the FEC tracks used by All Aboard Florida’s Brightline service, according to Tri-Rail’s social media feed.

Service is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2018, with 26 trains daily.

 

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Day Man
Day Man

Tri-Rail could literally build 2 – 3 new stations on these tracks and get the ball rolling for the future commuter intercity rail that Tri-Rail will be

3 Posible Stations:
Midtown
Little River/ Little Haiti
Gladeview

marc
marc

It’s FEC’s tracks not Tri Rails.

suomynona
suomynona

Tri Rail could still build the stations, generally speaking.

Anonymous
Anonymous

What a round-about way to go downtown. Just use the tracks along Biscayne and build the coastal link. Yesterday.

Anonymous
Anonymous

all you have to do is ride tri rail to metro rail transfer once and realize how painful and round about that is just to get to downtown. This connection and coastal link entirely should of happened decades ago

marc
marc

It was the quickest and inexpensive route only because there were tracks already accessible to cross over to FEC and get the train in to MiamiCentral. They don’t have the money to build platforms for a Coastal Link yet or even permission from FEC to use the tracks along Biscayne

Anonymous
Anonymous

maybe the case, but with brightline being a known they should have been working on getting those ready… years ago. the ROW is there, the tracks built, that’s the hardest part.

BDub
BDub

I also read a while back FEC was considering running their own local service rather than Tri-Rail.
IMHO single provider would be better, but they could at least do common ticketing.
Also they could do temporary platforms to get the service up and running and/or partnerships to build them with communities eager to get this service.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Connections are important, especially when a bulk of South Florida’s population lives along not only the US-1 corridor, but also I-95 corridor. Still, what a world we live in where building new track is easier.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The more lines, the better. Do ‘em both.

Anonymous
Anonymous

takes time my man

aceraroja
aceraroja

Literally will never drive to see my family in PBC ever again when this happens. Put my bike on the train and ride the last few miles.

Yohan Perez
Yohan Perez

They need to introduce a station somewhere at Edgewater/Wynwood/Midtown to make an Impact. There is absolutely no stop or station between Downtown and 79th st.

BDub
BDub

36th Street, as long as regulations don’t require gates to be down while trains are in the station. Put northbound platform below 36th and southbound above.
Right on the border between DD and Midtown plus 8 or 9 bus lines within a block.

aceraroja
aceraroja

Then maybe they can build a damn sidewalk along NE 2, there’s a fucking bus stop and you have to stand in a grassy pile of rubble to catch the bus there.

Guillermo
Guillermo

36th Street is a mess without a train. The density is further south at 29th Street with the gateway to Wynwood. 60,000 people visit Wynwood on the weekends. This makes it closer to the Edgewater density as well.

Anonymous
Anonymous

perfect case for train

Fredric
Fredric

I agree with all those saying they need to build the coastal link all the way down and be done with it. Even if it means that some stretches of the FEC right-of-way will need as many as five parallel tracks ultimately, so be it. Then get Brightline built all the way to Orlando as quickly as possible, since it is supposed to be a longer range intercity system and not a commuter line. That is what will or would finally fire up ridership on all of these train systems, when one can ride a train directly from West Palm to downtown Miami and back again along the coastal route instead of having to veer all the way to Hialeah and then switch back again.

suomynona
suomynona

I guess I would be ok with only one Tri Rail station in the entire Design District/Midtown/Edgewater/Wynwood area…but it BETTER BE connected to an expanded Metro Mover or Light Rail line that circulates this section of town.

Anonymous
Anonymous

So who’s taking bets on how much the embark/debark foot traffic at tri-rail station will plunge off a cliff now that people can just go straight to downtown (even if your not going to GovtCtr or Brickell but just to CivicCtr).

My bet is on 95-99% of foot traffic.

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