FDOT Has Agreed To Provide Funding For A Midtown Miami Train Station

Midtown Miami will soon have its first train station, offering Tri-Rail service.

The Florida Department Of Transportation announced this week that they would match local funding for the project, making it fully funded. The other half of funding is being provided by Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami.

The demonstration station is to be located at 36th Street, between Midtown Miami and the Design District. Tri-Rail will offer connections from downtown Miami’s MiamiCentral through Palm Beach County. City trolleys will also stop at the Midtown station.

The project will be funded for a duration of three years. If deemed successful, operation will continue.

Other areas inside of Miami being studied for Tri-Rail stations include 79th Street.

Tri-Rail still doesn’t have an exact date when service will launch into downtown Miami, but it is expected sometime in 2019.

 

(photo: phillip pessar)

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

29th Street would be MUCH better. There’s even an empty lot across the tracks from Midtown 29 building. I’m sure they could work something out. That location is much more centrally located for Edgewater, Midtown, and Wynwood. 29th St also has much less of a traffic issue than the disaster that is 36th St/NE 2nd Ave intersection.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Allegedly the city is going to do something to improve the RR crossing and intersection with 2nd Ave

Anonymous
3 years ago

Which means they will study it to death and then maybe do something in 10 years.

Suomynona
3 years ago

You’re overstating what was actually proposed.

A. Nonymous
3 years ago

A lot is in walking distance of the chosen location. Besides the trolleys, 7 bus lines are close by.

Anonymous
3 years ago

And so is 36th St., the intersection from hell. As Joe Anonymous wrote above, 29th is the better location.

Suomynona
3 years ago

It’s over a mile to the Wynwood Walls and Mana Wynwood. It’s not that convenient.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Your opinion is meaningless. They put it there for a reason.. because they’ve done the appropriate studies and deemed it the most optimal location.

William
3 years ago

Why are people so mean> I tell my 11 year old that just b/c your on a screen, doesn’t mean you have to put people down. Relax folks.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Hey William, stop being so sensitive. This is only a chat forum.

marc
3 years ago

Nope. This is a response from Tri-Rail on Twitter, “We’re just the service provider 🙂 But keep in mind this is a demonstration project to provide another transit option while the entire NE Corridor study is still ongoing. A site closer to Wynwood could be chosen as the permanent station location once the studies are complete.”

Common Sense Posting
3 years ago

This is great. Now extend the metro mover or metro rail there too. Ultimately, there should be stops at 20th street, 29th street and another one under 195.

That would transform the city.

Anonymous
3 years ago

A bit redundant when so much of the city is under-served by transit anyway? How could you even have the space to put a Metrorail/mover under I-95?

marc
3 years ago

It’ll be just north of 36th in the Design District, not an optimal location in my opinion. A platform more centrally located would service Midtown, Edegewater, Wynwood, and the Design District and avoid the cluster F that the 36th street area is.

Anonymous
3 years ago

the wynwood and midtown trolleys meet right there under the bridge… it’s a decent location

marc
3 years ago

Not optimal though.

Anonymous
3 years ago

No one is going to walk from Edgewater to the train station.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Much less from Wynwood for that matter but if the State is putting the funds, guys, let’s not be critical, better than nothing. I think we’re trending in the right direction. Next move should be a Metromover extension

Anonymous
3 years ago

What worries me is since they are probably not putting it in the most optimal location it will not be as big of a success and then the state deems it a failure and takes away funding.

Suomynona
3 years ago

The state would’ve matched the funding for a better located station, too. Your point is immaterial.

As someone else has said, if you put this “demonstration” station in a bad location, usage/ridership will be low and the state will be less likely to find additional stations or continue funding the midtown one.

This location is such a terrible idea.

marc
3 years ago

This was a response from Tri-Rail on Twitter, “We’re just the service provider 🙂 But keep in mind this is a demonstration project to provide another transit option while the entire NE Corridor study is still ongoing. A site closer to Wynwood could be chosen as the permanent station location once the studies are complete.”

Anonymous
3 years ago

Just build the damn Coastal Link already!

Cully Waggoner
3 years ago

All these Anonymous pundits commenting on a story without too much thought. They are going to build it where the tracks already are and where they have enough space for a station. Even a small station platform is 400 feet long. They will also put it where it makes the most business sense, unless they plan on abandoning it after a few years. It will also depend upon the property owners if they want to sell.

NE 36st Street location is not a good choice. The property at 3501 NE 1 AVE is owned by MIDTOWN OPPORTUNITIES IB LLC. It is on the west side of the FEC tracks and a bit small for a station with only 300 at most for a train platform and not much room for development nearby.

NE 29th Street and NE 2nd Ave is a better choice. The property at 145 NE 29 ST is owned by PPF AMLI NE 2ND AVENUE LLC, who also own six other adjacent lots to the north along the east side of the FEC tracks. PPF AMLI NE 2ND AVENUE LLC, also owns 8 adjacent properties that front NE 2nd Ave. An owner with that much land is more likely to want a train station there to make the rest of their property more valuable.

The 29th Street location is better suited and has plenty of land for Tri-Rail Station and additional development the way Brightline has done while NE 36st Street does not. There is also a brand-new development, Midtown 8 with 387 residences and ground floor retail space and a total of close to 30,000 square feet of commercial space on the west side of the tracks. Not to mention the 29th Street location is much closer to Wynwood.

So, NE 29th Street and NE 2nd Ave is where I would put the new Tri-Rail Station.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Where is our 163rd Street or even (at least) Avenutra station that was promised & proposed for the North Miami Beach area?!

Anonymous
3 years ago

FIU biscayne campus needs one too.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Give it another 10-15 years. More studies need to be done.

Anonymous
3 years ago

This line will not pass by there. This is an extension of the existing western tri-rail line from the MetroRail Transfer station East/South into Downtown. It turns South around 71st. The Aventura Station would be for the Coastal Link (completely different proposal).

Berny
3 years ago

They should stop at Aventura Mall to avoid crazy traffic for shoopers

Anonymous
3 years ago

THIS IS BIG

Anonymous
3 years ago

Is this just gonna be a two station route for now? Or is it going to connect to the tri rail line out west until the coastal link is built?

Anonymous
3 years ago

it’s going to connect with the rest of Tri-Rail at Metrorail Transfer 79th St and 37th Ave

Anonymous
3 years ago

No. It will just sit there and let you be productive while it goes nowhere.

A. Nonymous
3 years ago

Half of Tri-Rail trains will go to downtown station once service starts. Midtown station will be on that route.
Ideally north bound platform would be north of 36th, south bound south side. That could allow crossing guards to be up while train is in the station.

Anonymous
3 years ago

They did this with SunRail at Church Street in Downtown Orlando. MAJOR bad idea! People act bad, drivers act worse.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Are they going to remove those idiotic palm trees on the train?

Anonymous
3 years ago

One can only hope. And another thing, stop painting the Metromover trains, please!