Tri-Rail Arrival In Downtown Miami Delayed Until 2020; Study Recommends Midtown & Little River Stations

Tri-Rail has a gleaming new station at MiamiCentral that appears essentially complete, but it won’t be used anytime this year.

In the meantime, officials are looking at other possible station locations that could come online at the same time as the downtown Miami station.

A Tri-Rail spokesperson told the Herald that there is now no projected date for the start of service to downtown Miami.

Although the tracks and station are in place, a new federal safety requirement that came into effect last year called Positive Train Control is holding up the launch. A spokesperson for Brightline said that they are aiming to complete the PTC safety system before the end of 2020.

Miami-Dade’s Transportation Planning Organization is aiming to have at least one more stop added along the route by the time service begins, its executive director said.

A newly released report commissioned by the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority and the City of Miami analyzed possible locations.

Midtown Miami and Little River would be good spots for the new stations, the study concluded.

In Midtown, the analysis pointed to the area between Northeast 27th and 29th (south of Midtown) or under the I-195 overpass (north of Midtown next to the Design District) as possible stations.

An owner of a warehouse in the south location told the Herald he was interested in converting his property to be used as a station, although a city spokesperson said lack of parking could be an issue there.

The Little River station could be built just north of 79th Street.

Mayor Francis Suarez said it was important to not let the rail line go underutilized, and to relieve traffic by expanding Tri-Rail.

Plusurbia Design of Coral Gables prepared the study.

 

The owner of Miller Machinery & Supply south of Midtown Miami wants to convert to station use:

 

The Tri-Rail logos seen below were covered up as of this week:

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Anonymous

You have a property owner willing to work with government to build a train station and the city complains because of a lack of parking at the site? People are not going to drive to Wynwood to get on the Tri rail to go somewhere else. People are going to drive their cars to suburban stations to take the train to Wynwood.

Anonymous

Exactly! As much as a park and ride station is important for the 27th street station itself, a good pickup and drop off location for rideshare and a dedicated area for scooters and e-bikes is just as important, and much easier to implement. The tri-rail is currently 70 miles, with 18 stations, many of those have parking, and people would be taking tri-rail to the midtown and downtown stations for fun or for employment.

The study makes sense. Let’s get a train in the center of one of the densest and important neighborhoods in Miami!

Anonymous

> park and ride station is important for the 27th street station

No, it’s not important at all. That falls to the bottom of the list in terms of importance.

Anonymous

They would rather people
a) take uber to wynwood and create congestion
b) build parking garages

walking to/from anywhere is totally against their values

Anonymous

Yeah but see… YOU have common sense… which is what helped you come to that conclusion. It’s also why you would make a terrible local government official, way to much common sense for Miami.

Anonymous

Look at the old posts on this station “service to start by end of 2017” then Q2 2018, then the end of 2019, and now the end of 2020??

Anonymous

Getting Warmer

Anonymous

Clearly they are hoping people will just forget about it. I wonder if they’ve even started.

Anonymous

the only word to describe miami and its leadership is “tragic”

Anonymous

No, it’s criminal!

Anonymous

VOTE!!!!Don’t let older generations ruin Miami’s future.

Anonymous

^^^ THIS!

Anonymous

Can you just imagine if any subway station in New York City had designated parking?????

Anonymous

Can you imagine NYC at all if the city officials there were as dumb as the ones here.

Anonymous

“a city spokesperson said – lack of parking could be an issue there.”

(scratching my head) Um, what?…

Anonymous

Maybe this slide wasn’t a mistake after all:
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Anonymous

lol at answer A

Anonymous

I don’t understand the need for these dumb questions at all.

I mean really, how do a lot of these people get into government offices in Miami?

Anonymous

I agree midtown needs more connection, metromover, metro rail, or tri rail.. but I would love to see something at littler river bc it would be the start of connecting the most nornthern part of the city to the center(downtown) then in my opinion/hope we can we a true Manhattan like city from Little River to Coconut grove…that’s would be awesome. Then we can fill in the metro mover/rail etc.

At the end county’s commisioners reds to stop allowing appt development in Doral, West Miami, random lots on bird andy 8th and next to the palmetto, and work on concentration/density in the actual city center.

Rant over.

Oscar

I’ve mentioned it before but I would not hold my breath on Tri-Rail launching on those tracks until AFTER Brightline’s leg to Orlando is operational. I know that, publicly, the holdup is attributed to Tri-Rail’s installation of that mandated safety equipment on those tracks but I’m sure that, even if that were completed, there would be feet dragging at least until trains are running to Orlando. Until they can launch their Miami-Orlando business model, almost all of their ridership is comprised of the same type of commuter Tri-Rail would cannibalize.

Anonymous

Tri-Rail riders and Brightline riders are not the same. Neither is grabbing riders from each other lol

Oscar

Yeah, that very well may eventually be true once the Orlando leg launches and Brightline has bet a lot of money on that. Brightline’s ridership today though is comprised of mostly commuters — the exact same type of commuters that would be served by Tri-Rail on those tracks. Obviously Tri-Rail’s lower pricing opens it to a broader segment but it would still be cannibalizing too large of a share of Brightline’s current ridership if launched before the Orlando leg.

Anonymous

Brightline’s company is implementing the safety equipment, not Tri-Rail. Tri-Rail has to wait for Brightline/FEC to be ready.

Anonymous

The tracks are literally in place with the work already done for them. This could be done, however, it seems that county and local officials are purposely trying to sabotage tri-rail.

Coastal Link should have been done years ago and now that the tracks are there .. should have been building stations during brightline’s construction. there is zero will for any official to have commuter rail.

Anonymous

This isn’t on Tri-Rail or the city/county… FEC controls the land, the tracks, and the installation of PTC. Blame them and get your facts straight.

Anonymous

Brightline owners sabotaging Coastal Link. Read a little bit. They have the ROW and have stopped Coastal Link.

Anonymous

They could have paid me $200 and I could have told them the exact same locations…

Anonymous

Sorry, I’ll underbid you, $100….

Anonymous

add two zeros and then maybe they’ll consider your proposal.

Anonymous

I would have done it for free.

EJS

Parking is not necessary! Jeez, does no one in the city govt look at trends of millenials (and whatever the generation after that is being labelled) preferring rideshares to owning a car. Provide a convenient drop off location and that’s it! Parking is needed in the stations outside the city core, not within it.

Anonymous

You all need to get your facts straight. This specific story has NOTHING to do with the city/county. The right of way is owned and operated exclusively by the Florida East Coast Railway who also controls the installation of Positive Train Control. Stop complaining about how the city and county are to blame and are hostile against transit… this is 100% on FEC they are the only ones sabotaging Tri-Rail.

Anonymous

found the mayor’s pr firm.

Anonymous

Hi Francis!

Anonymous

Prove it. Prove that Brightline is the one doing this!
You know as little as anyone else and are just throwing BS out there on the internet.

Comment OP

You conspiracy theorists can say what you want… truth is while the city/county isn’t investing in proper transit, on this subject FEC holds all the cards and isn’t concerned with bringing Tri-Rail online in a timely manor, so they are at fault.

Anonymous

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article229002739.html – Brightline -Virgin Trains is doing the safety work

“A representative for Tri-Rail said there is now no projected date for when its first train will pull into downtown Miami. But in response to questions from the Miami Herald, a Brightline spokesman said it is working to install required safety controls for Tri-Rail to use its tracks, and is aiming to finish the work before the end of 2020.”

Anonymous

Then effective commissioners would do what’s necessary to pressure the FEC to move forward without delays… that’s what city government is supposed to accomplish…to establish a better way of life for its constituents

Anonymous

Commissioners work for business here, not the other way around.

Comment OP

Railroads aren’t subject to local or even state laws. Federal laws from the 1800s regulate them. There is absolutely NOTHING the city/county can do to force FEC to do anything, and if they tried FEC can just laugh and tell them to bug off… or worse, start closing off crossings and raise heck.

Anonymous

The 27th Street location is muy worthy as an entrance to Wynwood because of the Nader Museum on the west side of the tracks. He has placed a few monumental Botero bronze sculptures along his property, one of the few examples of public monumental pieces in SoFla. Also, here’s a Wynwood entrance arch idea for that intersection that would be just to the west side of the proposed train station: http://bit.ly/2te7E1M

Anonymous

Little River station by January 2035. Aventura station by 2060. Glad yon bought your TOD condo in Miami-Dade. You are Winning!

Anonymous

Of course, it makes sense to do it all at once.
The train should stop in Midtown

suomynona

It should connect to a Metromover stop at the same station.

Anonymous

If there was some kind of emergency these trains could start running tomorrow. Instead there are endless delays. The first Coastal Link planning study started 14 years ago in 2005! Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami should declare a local transportation/economic emergency and require test trains to start running by summer. That’s the only way to establish credibility.

Comment OP

Tri-Rail doesn’t even have the equipment to run both lines, so this statement is false. A lot of planning and time is required for these sort of things.

Anonymous

Would’ve preferred Metrorail or Metromover but I’ll take Tri-Rail if that’s all we can get. I live in Brickell and unfortunately it will be faster, and possibly cheaper if I go in a group, to take an Uber/Lyft than taking Metrorail or Metromover to Miami Central and transferring to Tri-Rail.

Anonymous

Metromover is free and takes 10 to 12 minutes from Brickell to MiamiCentral station. It has to be cheaper and possibly faster than Uber/Lyft.

Anonymous

So Metromover is free and should be extended everywhere, let’s see you pay for it asshole.

Anonymous

All because morons who won’t stay off the tracks. I say let Natural Selection work its course.

Anonymous

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article229002739.html – Brightline -Virgin Trains is doing the safety work

“A representative for Tri-Rail said there is now no projected date for when its first train will pull into downtown Miami. But in response to questions from the Miami Herald, a Brightline spokesman said it is working to install required safety controls for Tri-Rail to use its tracks, and is aiming to finish the work before the end of 2020.”

Anonymous

Brightline / Virgin Trains USA carried 91,903 passengers & generated $2.3M in revenue in March, up 17% and 21%, respectively, from February

Anonymous

Lo, and lost $23,000,000 in March. I know, you think it’s the same business model as Tesla.

Anonymous

I need new posts!! Why nothing new this week!

Specialedteacher

They need a break, chill

Anonymous

Yes, but when is the next study? Certainly no one here is insanely gullible enough to believe there will ever be a Midtown or Little River station do you? I moved here in 1978 and they are still talking about this.

Anonymous

lol

Anonymous

36th Street makes more sense for connections to bus lines and trolleys, there are 7 nearby.
Sorry for using the “B” word.

Anonymous

When you’re right, you’re right.

Wynwood needs a Metromover.

Anonymous

No Easter Monday post, I understand.Tri rail coastal will ignite the FEC ROW, there will be a renisance along the whole corridor aslong as global warming doesnt come true

Yet Another Anonymous

wrong religion and science