Here’s What Needs To Be Done Before Tri-Rail Trains Can Begin Service To Their Completed Station At MiamiCentral

A station for Tri-Rail at downtown Miami’s MiamiCentral is already complete, but service hasn’t yet started.

The reason: Tri-Rail trains cannot begin serving MiamiCentral until Brightline’s system achieves a key safety certification.

Earlier this week, the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority announced that the Federal Railroad Administration certified that their tracks comply with federal requirements for a Positive Train Control safety system.

The tracks that run into downtown Miami are not included in that certification, however. Service cannot begin until the safety certification is granted by the feds.

Victor Garcia, a spokesperson for the SFRTA, told The Next Miami that no testing is even underway right now due to Brightline’s shutdown.

In order for Brightline to achieve certification, they need to be actively running trains, Garcia said. Once that begins, the process will take at least six months.

The SFRTA is hoping that Brightline will begin the safety testing process in the Spring of 2021, when they restart service.

A link from Tri-Rail’s tracks to Brightline’s tracks is already complete, but also isn’t yet certified. Tri-Rail trains will run on that link to achieve certification once Brightline begins running again.

Garcia said he doesn’t feel that Brightline is impeding Tri-Rail, and that there have been meetings between the two sides.

A total of $70 million in taxpayer funding was awarded to Brightline to build the Tri-Rail station at MiamiCentral.

 

 

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Anonymous
10 months ago

for gods sake…as much as miami has developed a beautiful skyline,the delays and decades of endless studies pertaining to any form of public transportation in this city is indicative of absolutly zero leadership.

Anonymous
10 months ago

But, they have given the people GREAT public transportation.. did you forget the free third world looking Trolleys?

Anonymous
6 months ago

I don’t know which third country your referring to, but I would love to visit one with Trolleys like these ones!

Anonymous
10 months ago

So now we know the real reason Brightline suspended and hasn’t resumed service…

Anonymous
10 months ago

Oh really?

Anonymouse
10 months ago

Inefficiency at it’s best

Anonymous
10 months ago

Just wait for these shenanigans when Brightline operates the Northeast Corridor. What a joke.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Brightline is not helping this community,they’ve become a problem and they want to be financed with tax payer money

Anonymous
10 months ago

This is a JOKE

Alpina
10 months ago

Wow, so for once they gave the green light and spent some money on transportation but it can’t be used because of bureaucrats…just fantastic…one step forward and two steps back

lol ew no
10 months ago

It literally says it’s stalled because Brightline isn’t running trains…not bureaucrats.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Don’t expect Miami to ever have real transit. City has been stagnant for 40 years.

Anonymous
10 months ago

“A station for Tri-Rail at downtown Miami’s MiamiCentral is already complete, but service hasn’t yet started.”

The above sentence pretty much sums up how the private sector gets s**t done while the government regulates even itself into oblivion.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Try reading it again. Brightline hasn’t installed a required safety feature.

Anonymous
9 months ago

But I don’t understand Tri-Rail won’t be using the same tracks of Brightline to pull in the Station?

Anonymous
10 months ago

It’s definitely not the fault of Tri-Rail, Miami-Dade County, or any of the local governments that contributed millions to get that station built. It’s a private company dragging their heels, admittedly during a pandemic, because their profit projections were off.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Nobody from Broward or Palm Beach wants to end up where TriRail ends now in a Miami ghetto…never been there at night or left a car but it would an experience. So sad.

Anonymous
10 months ago

The airport is the “Miami ghetto”?

Anonymous
10 months ago

Brightline doesn’t end at Miami Airport ya knucklehead

Anonymous
10 months ago

I’m pretty sure he’s talking about Tri rail.

Anonymous
9 months ago

Many times I have boarded Tri-Rail in Delray to fly out of MIA, it is far better than driving.

Anonymous
9 months ago

Whats even funnier about this comment is that Broward and Palm Beach county have become way more “ghetto” then Miami. This coming from someone who has delivered packages in all three counties almost daily. The gentrification in Miami over the years has pushed all of the lower class people into Broward and Palm Beach. Don’t believe me? Just take a drive. Broward and Palm Beach are starting to look like Brazil. Rich people on one block and extremely ghetto communities the next block over.

Anonymous
9 months ago

You are 100% accurate on that. Broward is turning into “pockets” of rich areas and outside of that mostly low income high crime neighborhoods