Tri-Rail Connection To Airport Coming Within Weeks As Miami Central Station Nears Completion

After years of waiting, passengers will soon be able to get directly to and from Miami International Airport using Tri-Rail.

Tri-Rail confirmed today on Twitter that the Miami Central Station opening will be opening within weeks. Previously, a spokesman had only committed to opening the station sometime this Spring.

Passengers of the 71-mile Tri-Rail system will be able to access the airport by taking an escalator to the MIA Mover, followed by a three-minute ride to the terminal. MIA Mover trains depart approximately every 90 seconds, and MIA has ordered additional Mitsubishi Crystal Mover cars to add new capacity next year.

Tri-Rail has been shuttling MIA passengers to the Hialeah Market Station since September 2011, when they closed the airport station to rebuild it. At the time, they said that construction would last approximately two years. By closing the station instead of building while keeping it open, they claimed that they would save $10 million and 21 months of construction time.

The cost of the Tri-Rail station is now pegged at $92 million, up from the $85 million originally budgeted.

Other components of the Intermodal Center, including the car rental center and metrorail link, are already open. An Amtrak connection has been plagued by delays and won’t open until Summer 2016.

 

 

 

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Anonymous
6 years ago

why is this station also being called miami central station? Is that not the official name of the one downtown.
I thought the airport transportation hub is called the MIA Intermodal center,

Obviously
6 years ago

I was confused about the exact same thing until I stopped thinking about it and blurted out – JUST HURRY UP AND FINISH AND OPEN THE DAMN THING!!!!!

suomynona
6 years ago

With the Tri-Rail already connecting to MetroRail, there’s no need to have Tri-Rail connect Downtown with All Aboard Florida’s station, in my opinion. Not at the cost of $70M in public funding (or thereabouts?). I’d be in favor of it if Tri-Rail and MetroRail didn’t already have connecting stations.

Obviously
6 years ago

The argument about that has been hashed over already. Some people feel that a Tri-Rail station link to AFF downtown can spur other stations in Miami along the Biscayne corridor. If that’s a possibility, then I’m all for connecting Tri-Rail to AFF in downtown Miami.

suomynona
6 years ago

Other stations for which system? MetroRail doesn’t need a downtown Tri-Rail line to extend north. And a northern terminus for MetroRail can always have a link to Tri-Rail.

Paul
6 years ago

I think ‘Obviously’ is talking about the other stations in the Tri-Rail Coastal line, which will include stops in Overtown, the Design District, North Miami, North Miami Beach and Aventura.

suomynona
6 years ago

MetroRail doesn’t need a downtown Tri-Rail connection to expand north. Where would this Tri-Rail extension actually be located? Because it seems nothing more than wishful thinking that this public subsidy will actually expand rail north from downtown along Biscayne.

Paul
6 years ago

Are you just arguing about the semantics of the word “spur” or am I missing something? The subsidy would directly result in a northward expansion of rail. That’s the whole point of the subsidy, so I really don’t see what you’re getting at.

suomynona
6 years ago

By Tri-Rail extension, I mean the Tri-Rail to AAF connection. What is the proposed route for that?

marc
6 years ago

Do yourself a favor and go look up the Tri Rail Coastal link. Its been in development for a few years now and nearing its realization. Its way ahead of Baylink or any western endeavor.

suomynona
6 years ago

I actually did after I asked. Should’ve probably done it the other way around but what can ya do?

If the eastern Tri-Rail is actually happening, this won’t drastically affect it either way. But I’m now in favor of it anyways.

PLB33154
5 years ago

From what I understand it will be base & backbone for the Tri-Rail Coastal Link integration into AAF and full-system of the SFRTA. Currently Miami has two non-usable (in the big picture) train systems. As integration moves forward—the more usable each system becomes.

Fredric
6 years ago

I don’t want to split hairs here but being “against” something, or even just not thinking it is necessary is a big problem these days. Your experience shows how important it is for one to be fully informed before passing judgement on something.

suomynona
6 years ago

The horror…

Juan Carlos Contreras
6 years ago

This station has been closed four years. Enough said about how much transit is valued here in Miami. A shame.