Take A Peek Inside All Aboard Florida Station, Set For Hearing Next Month

A Dade County board is set to review plans for All Aboard Florida’s downtown station on July 17.

City of Miami officials have also taken steps to ensure that they are represented on the committee reviewing the plans.

The hearing comes as an Orlando TV station dubbed the AAF trains ‘casino express’, with activists accusing the company of planning to funnel tourists from Orlando to a Resorts World Miami casino in Miami.

All Aboard Florida has also been required to charge inflated ticket prices of up to $30 on routes between Miami and Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach as part of a deal with Tri-Rail, which doesn’t want competition.

Below are the latest station plans and renderings, including new interior views.



The following design guidelines provide general guidance relative to the design of All
Aboard Florida Miami Terminal Station facilities. They are intended to compliment the
Administrative Site Plan Development Parameters of the Downtown Intermodal District (DID)
Corridor Subzone. However, if these design guidelines are found to be in conflict with the
provisions of the DID Corridor Subzone, the DID Corridor Subzone provisions shall prevail.
Architectural Style & Building Materials
The architectural ‘style’ of the Miami Terminal Station should be responsive to the
development’s primary function as a 21 st Century transportation facility; the sub-tropical
climate of South Florida; and the urban context of Downtown Miami. Therefore, the
architectural style should:
 Reflect the contemporary nature of the facility through streamlined geometries that
evoke movement and connectivity;
 Utilize contemporary building materials and construction methodologies that are
technologically advanced, highly durable, and easily maintained against the severity of
the urban environment;
 Respond to local climatic conditions through the use of exterior building materials that
are light colored with high albedo to reduce heat gain; and
 Provide architectural elements that create generous ground-level pedestrian areas
protected from the elements of sun and rain and promote connectivity to adjacent
transportation modes and uses.
Buildings: Architectural Facades and Treatments
The design of architectural facades and treatments should:
 Provide frequent pedestrian entrances at the ground-level and a high percentage of
transparent glazing;

 Avoid blank walls. Instead, active façades incorporating doors and windows should be
provided when possible;
 Conceal all outdoor storage, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and communications
equipment and appurtenant enclosures from view from any street frontage or sidewalk
by liner buildings, walls, streetscreens, landscaping, or other similar device or method, to
the extent feasible.
 Avoid the use of security doors or screens. When necessary, operating hardware should
be concealed from view and screens should have a high percentage of openings.
Parking, Loading, and Service Areas
Parking, loading, and service areas should:
 Be primarily accessed from secondary street frontages (NW 3 rd , 5 th , 6 th and 8 th Streets) to
emphasize the importance of NW 1 st Avenue and to minimize impact to vehicular traffic
 Be internalized to the overall development footprint with limited visibility from adjacent
rights-of-way; and
 Be obscured with streetscreens, landscaping, or other similar methods when they cannot
reasonably be located such that they are concealed from view from adjacent street
rights-of way.
Streetscape & Landscape
Streetscape and landscape components should be provided to harmoniously connect the
development with the surrounding urban context, and should:
 Enhance the overall design of the development, continuity of the streetscape experience,
and soften and beautify the surrounding urban environs;
 Reinforce clear pedestrian wayfinding and connectivity;
 Provide a comfortable pedestrian environment through the provision of shade and by
serving as a buffer to vehicular traffic along surrounding streets and avenues;

 Assist in visually screening undesirable elements, such as vehicular service or mechanical
areas; and
 Utilize plant species that are resilient to the harsh urban environment and require
minimal irrigation. Native plant species are encouraged.
The design of architectural lighting should:
 Create highly visible, inviting spaces while minimizing glare to the public realm and
adjacent properties. Average lighting levels measured at the Building Frontage should
not exceed 20 fc (foot-candles).
 Highlight unique architectural elements and compliment the rhythmic patterns of multi-
block long buildings;
 Provide street lighting fixtures that favor compatibility with the overall building design
rather than compatibility with standard FPL street luminaires;
 Protect residential uses within the development from the spillover effect of light.
 Conceal exposed rooftop parking lighting fixtures from view from surrounding streets.