Photos Of Downtown Miami’s New Tri-Rail Station, Where Starbucks Is Now Under Construction

Downtown Miami’s Tri-Rail station appears to be essentially completed, and a Starbucks is now under construction at the entrance.

The Starbucks appears to have an entrance from both inside the station and the street.

JFC Miami is building the Starbucks, according to a Notice of Commencement posted in the window. Udonis Haslem of the Miami Heat is a partner in the company.

The station includes tracks on the third floor, with two levels of escalators bringing passengers up from the entry level. A pedestrian bridge is also in place connecting to the Government Center Metrorail and Metromover stations.

Although the station itself looks ready, the best case scenario is for Tri-Rail service to start in late 2019. The delay is caused by a new federal safety requirement called Positive Train Control which needs to be installed and inspected before service can begin.

starbucks under construction next to station entrance:

plans for starbucks on the table:

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Anonymous

This will be the nicest trirail station by far.

Anonymous

Lol

Nick

Can’t wait.. I wish this was around when I was commuting from Miami to PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens.

Anonymous

How long was that drive ?…

Nick

Very long.. almost 2 hours each way, driving with my hair on fire.

Anonymous

Coastal Link… when? 2020? 2021? 2025? 2030? 20Never?

So easy, yet so hard for Dade County BOC.

Anonymous

20never….brilliant..!!!!?

Anonymous

Miami should have a connection to Miami Beach first via the Metromover.

Anonymous

Yep triple car metromovers would be perfect to connect to the beach. Just need to build a new maintenance building.

Anonymous

Triple cars of the current Metromover stock isn’t enough and too slow. Either the system would need to be upgraded into a proper AGT system, or just use Metrorail with the unused east-west platforms at Government Center Station.

Anonymous

When the Metromover is traveling at 30 or 35 mph past cars that are stuck in traffic and only going 5, 10, or 15 mph, then it will feel like the Metromover is going 45 or 50 mph. Plus, most people won’t be that concerned in a train that’ll get them to Miami Beach in two minutes.

AndrewN2

While I agree the metrorail/mover to the beach is a necessity and should be built quickly, the Tri-Rail Coastal link would be cheaper and and easy win for the transportation infrastructure. The rail exists, the trains exist, they just need stations.

Anonymous

You’re talking about coordination between three counties. Getting with the same program for these three counties is tougher than you think.

Anonymous

Coordination between the 3 counties is built into SFRTA which runs Tri-Rail. The problem is that they don’t own the tracks plus getting across the New River in Fort Lauderdale. They can at least get the Miami-Dade leg of Coastal Link done, but I feel like the owners of FEC tracks will want the Brightline/Virgin Trains company to run Coastal Link. They’re having issues with selling the bonds for the Orlando route, so they may need another revenue source. Would be a political fight, but they own the tracks and Miami-Dade already said they don’t care who the operator is.

Anonymous

Necessity? Why?
The Martinis on Sourh Beach cost $18+

Who NEEDS a train to get there. Anyone who can afford Miami Beach can afford a taxi or Uber to get there.
For the workers, there are 40 buses per hour going from the City of Miami to the City of Miami Beach.

Think more. Post less.

Anonymous

Think rail and get out of that air polluting type of transportation called buses and cars.

Anonymous

Clearly you haven’t taken those buses lmao

Anonymous

Most buses still spew out pollution buddy, and you didn’t mention anything about cars.

Anonymous

Right. Miami Beach is in dire trouble.
People cannot not figure out how to get to Miami Beach. It’s like a ghost town in Miami Beach.

We need (and by “we” I mean someone else) to shell out 10’s of millions of dollars to subsidize the City of Miami Beach.

Miami Beach NEEDs help. Let’s pass the hat to those in Kendall and ask each man, woman, and, child to pay $5,000 each to build it. (Will that even be enough?)

We* will figure out how to operate it year after year after year later.

Anonymous

Yes the businesses that invested in Miami Beach need the help of the working men and women of Miami Dade. We must subsidize metro mover to Miami Beach to help these Miami Beach businesses survive. Much moreimportant than Coastal Link that will support the working people of Miami Dade

Anonymous

Dude, Miami Beach is in MiamiDade!

Anonymous

Not 2020 or 2021 not by 2025
not likely by 2030 maybe by 20Never

Anonymous

Coastal Link was the bait, Brightline was the switch. Coastal Link is never, never, never happening.

Anonymous

Gee, two train services (Tri-Rail & Brightline/Virgin) that will take you into all three counties and people still want more while they think the most visited place in South Florida, Miami Beach, shouldn’t get a nod for Mass Transit… smh….

Anonymous

It would be great if the initial plans of it going all the way up to Jupiter is completed

Anonymous

Nice station. I wish it’s completed sooner than never, downtown badly needs a catalyst to take it to the next level. There are still so many empty pockets of no-life.

John

I see there will be a Chick-fil-A there too. For some reason Google already has it open.

Anonymous

Saw this comment the other idea – does anyone have a source for this? I personally am not betting on it BUT OMG hoping for it!!

Anonymous

Why in a city like Miami there is only one Chick Filet in the whole area??????

Anonymous

Because there is no “Chick Filet” anywhere else.

Anonymous

Because Chick-fil-a only hires “nice happy people” to work in their restaurants. Miami doesn’t have any of those, we only have hateful, spiteful, ugly-hearted fast food workers in this town.

I mean… have you even BEEN to a McD’s or Wendy’s around this county? And God forbid you ask them for a special order like “please no pickles, or tomato”. You’re likely to find spit in your food instead.

Anonymous

Wait WHAT?! So I wont have to schlep out to FIU or Dadeland anymore? When does it open?

Anonymous

Where do you see this?

Anonymous

Might look done, but it’s far from it. The most time intensive stuff is the crew room, closets, tech and wires, signs, etc. End of 2019 it will be completely complete! Looking forward to it!

Anonymous

When I was in the station this weekend I noticed the trirail portion was completed and how crowded the station gets during heat games.

Anonymous

How can it, it’s not in operation yet?

Anonymous

I was outside of the trirail portion of the station and the food court that is coming.

Anonymous

Oh, okay.. so you noticed how crowed Miami Central was. It is very convenient to take Brightline/Virgin trains from Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach to a Heat game.

Anonymous

Excuse me, I meant “crowded.”

Anonymous

station looks really nice

Anonymous
Anonymous

Built a terminal in all Miami major interceptions. Miami Gardens Dr. 163rd, FIU-Sole Mia, 125th, Miami Shores, 79th St, 71st, 62nd. 54th, 36th, 29″, and Overtown-Melo District.

Anonymous

Wasn’t construction of Orlando leg supposed to start this month?

Anonymous

What’s the difference between the Tri-Rail and the bright line? Don’t they go to the same places? Instead of making another train going to the same place why Not to Miami Beach?

Anonymous

Google it lazy.

Anonymous

Why would he. This Miami real estate forum is the perfect place to ask.

Dashoo

Lol how social

Anonymous

Brightline costs $60 and you get snacks. Trirail costs $8 and you get no snacks. Brightline gets there 1/2 hour faster.

Anonymous

Brightline connects the WPB, FLL, and Maimi downtowns, whereas trirail runs parallel to I-95 and closer to the suburbs and stops more frequently.

Anonymous

Is that one little pillar the entirety of the signage for people to know that that’s the entrance to a tri-Rail station? Sad. It needs much better signage from the street.

Anonymous

Now we just need another stop in Wynwood.

Anonymous

Would you rather have a giant billboard with Tri-Rail’s cheesy coconut palm background livery? I’m hoping they’ll do away with it after Coastal Link.

Anonymous

I’m hoping they do away with those palm trees on those ugly 19th century tri-rail trains period. It will disgrace our brand new modern station.