Tri-Rail Now Expected to Begin Service To MiamiCentral In Late 2022

Downtown Miami’s new commuter rail service from Tri-Rail is now expected to begin in late 2022, according to the Herald.

Originally, service was planned to begin in 2017.

Here’s what needs to happen before service can begin, according to Tri-Rail’s director:

  • New software for trains (five months to install, plus another 90 days to train staff)
  • Ultrasound testing of concrete at MiamiCentral’s platforms (three to five months)
  • Modifications to trains so they can fit into MiamiCentral (unknown)

Before any of the work can begin, it must be approved by a board that oversees the train service. The next meeting is expected in late January.

The new timeline was revealed yesterday at a workshop yesterday.

Also at the workshop, Brightline CEO Mike Reininger said the company disagreed with an engineers report that claimed ramps entering MiamiCentral might be too weak to handle trains. The design criteria was developed by a “highly respected global engineering firm,” he said.

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

Modifications to trains so they can fit into MiamiCentral (unknown)

I’ll go with the unknown timeline

Anonymous William
1 month ago

Tri-rail screwed the goose on this one.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Brightline did

Anonymous
1 month ago

Tri-Rail can’t even finish adding pedestrian bridges to the rest of their train stations and has been using the same thirty-year-old cars with that hideous paintjob, mixed with some shoddy Korean hand-me-downs from Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Brightline is looking at expanding to Tampa before even completing to MCO.

Livin' off A1A
16 days ago

Actually Tri-Rail did. They used the size of the carriage. And did NOT include the ADA step-lips… basically the “mind the gap” fillers. If they shave them down to fit into Miami Central… then they might not be ADA compliant in the other stations.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Of course you would randomly side with the private as that is who you worship and I guess their shhht don’t stink.

Anonymous
1 month ago

And if yrs from now there is a catastrophy based on the miscalculation by Brightline you would still simply blame it on the govt entity because that is always the typically lazy American thing to do.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Honestly, I’ll believe it when I see it. The incompetency surrounding this project has been staggering.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I hear ya… but extending the Metromover to new routes is a problem?

The incompetency surrounding this city is staggering.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes, expanding your two-tin can maximum excuse of a train involves R-O-W acquisition and a lot of money I don’t see you paying for, while you criticize a higher-capacity monorail proposal.

Anonymous
30 days ago

Azz wipe, let me explain something to you. The Metromover system is system that’s already in place and been for over 30 years. We have been looking at stops in places like the one in Museum Park which basically sat unused for years. The one just north of 395 next to huge empty lots by the Adrienne Arsht Center. And the system ending stupidly at an unused stop on NW15th st and north Miami Ave. The proposed Monorail is a useless system because the Metromover can do exactly the same thing it’s proposed and do it more seamlessly. Whatever money that is spent on acquiring property along new Metromover routes can be recouped from developers who seek to build projects next to them with little to no parking. Now empty head, your quip about “a train involves R-O-W acquisition and a lot of money I don’t see you paying for” is as ludicrous as your accusation is because I “own” a home in Miami which I pay taxes every year for. Can you say the same?

Anonymous
1 month ago

“Article expected in late 2022 announcing service to begin in late 2023”

Anonymous
1 month ago

Are you sure it won’t be 2030?

Anonymous
17 days ago

Scheduled to open in tandem with the metrorail expansion.

Anonymous
1 month ago

If they were a “highly respected global engineering firm,” this would’ve never happened in the first place.. they should be held responsible for the misuse of public funds and failure to deliver in a timely manner. Brightline should pay for brand new Tri-Rail trains that’ll fit the station they incompetently built!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Wasn’t brightline tracks already in place before the decision was made to add Tri rail? If so why are you blaming brightline?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Tri-rail should get new, more modern trains anyway. If they’re going to use someone else’s tracks they should have made sure the tracks were compatible with the existing their trains and pay for any changes.

Fern
30 days ago

They did not build the station. And Tri-Rails newest cars are 6 years old. Before construction began for MiamiCentral. They were designed at least 8 years ago. Brightline and their contractors should have known what the platform should be sized

Fern
30 days ago

I really don’t know how Brightline managed to build a station that didn’t fit cars that have been in service for almost a decade

Anonymous
30 days ago

Is that about the cars being longer than the station? If so I hope that doesn’t halt the project. I’ve seen s few trains in Europe with that situation, and passengers knew to move to front cars if they were getting off at specific stations.

Jim
27 days ago

That was Amtrak at Miami Airport

Livin' off A1A
16 days ago

Actually Tri-Rail is at error here. They used the size of the overall carriage. And did NOT include the ADA step-lips… basically the “mind the gap” fillers. If they shave them down to fit into Miami Central… then they might not be ADA compliant in the other stations. At the base of it all… it’s Tri-Rail’s fault. (just as Amtrak didn’t send the correct dimensions for the Silver Flyer from NYC for the construction of the MIC at MIA)

Ciparoo
1 month ago

Engineers report says platform might be too weak
Brightline CEO who’s not an engineer: “I disagree!”

Anonymous
1 month ago

Sounds like a Republican thing to say. Just disagree with facts and experts. Not like there are any consequences for saying the Sun is a hoax!

Anonymous
1 month ago

This is so embarrassing, for all parties involved!!!

Anonymous
29 days ago

I am within walking distance of brightline station and have been waiting since 2017 for tri rail station..gross negligence and political incompetence at work.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Fire Steve Abrams!!!! Fire Teresa Moore!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Time for tri rail to update equipment. The equipment they run look like from the 70’s

Anonymous
1 month ago

So basically, two thirds of next year for the first two bullets, and the biggest issue that is the third bullet, is unknown…

Union work employee
29 days ago

So glad they finally make the train to go all the away to Florida city wow Miami is become a great city to be easy finally to get around my Co works at my office build are trill about the expansion great job guys

Union work employee
29 days ago

The money that going to be generated off this will put a mark in the paper for several city that follow Miami view the of city .finAly can get the work faster and people can get to there appointment on time city starts be coming something bigger then it is

Optional
25 days ago

I moved to Hollywood 2 years ago, with hopes that TriRail was going to Miami Central in a few months, in order to avoid the horrible traffic to downtown Miami. I can see now that this will not happen anytime soon, due to the incompetency of Miami’s politicians/law makers.

It’s disgusting to see how nothing gets done in public transport here. Projects get pushed back for years and years. Meanwhile, they are making a ridiculous amount of money on Express Lanes.

Melo is sigma and Chad
1 month ago

So I would say 2024

Jim
27 days ago

Brightline is simply sharing the building that they own with Tri-Rail. They will not be using the same platforms and tracks, because Brightline uses high platforms and Tri-Rail uses low platforms, AND their ticketing system isn’t compatible. It’s simply a track-share program with some stations being mostly co-located, but not directly. Think Kissimmee Amtrak and Sun Rail being at the same place with SunRail’s platform located at the end of Amtrak’s.

The platform width was a huge error – one akin to the mistake made at Miami International who built the platforms too short for Amtrak. There are people living on the beach who make stupid, costly mistakes like this.

Sheila Eastbitch
26 days ago

my baby takes the morning train
he works from 9 to 5 and then
he takes another home again
to find me waiting for him

Anonymous
26 days ago

Miami the city where “Transit Dreams” go to die.