Tri-Rail Signs MiamiCentral Training Agreement, Grand Opening Date ‘In The Very Near Future’

Tri-Rail won’t begin service to MiamiCentral before the end of the year, according to a September report in Miami Today.

They are however making progress, according to a new press release issued this morning.

A grand opening date for the service is expected to be announced in the very near future, the release states:

 

TRI-RAIL ACHIEVES NEXT MILESTONE TO GET INTO MIAMICENTRAL

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) received a signed Tri-Party Agreement, with Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway and Brightline, that gives permission for SFRTA personnel to begin training and testing for the implementation of Tri-Rail services at MiamiCentral Station. The agreement shows progress in the ongoing negotiations for SFRTA to operate Tri-Rail trains on the approximate 8-mile span of the FEC Corridor that connects with the South Florida Rail Corridor, and opens the door for Tri-Rail trains to test at MiamiCentral Station.

“This latest milestone was made possible thanks to the building of a great partnership that has been key to move things forward,” said David Dech, SFRTA’s Executive Director. “One of my main goals when arriving in South Florida was to ensure we were having quality conversations with our partners at Brightline and the FEC, knowing it is the only way we are going to get through the hurdles that have been holding us up.”

The agreement was achieved two-and-a-half months after David Dech was named the new Executive Director for SFRTA. Dech was hired namely for his management experience opening rail stations, leading public-private partnerships and negotiating with host and tenant railroads. He brings experience running commuter rail for a public agency and holding senior positions for freight railroads in the private sector.

SFRTA Engineers and conductors will be trained and furnished to operate Tri-Rail trains on the FEC Corridor, for route familiarization, testing of power units and checking rides. Upon completion of the qualifications, they will then be authorized to train additional SFRTA employees. Testing of Automatic Train Control (ATC) and Positive Train Control (PTC) technology will also begin during this process, ensuring Tri-Rail trains meet the requirements set on the FEC Corridor.

“I expected the negotiations to be tough because you have to be a good negotiator in order to do the type of work they do,” added Dech. “We’ve made a lot of progress and expect that we’ll be scheduling a grand opening date in the very near future.”

The plans for SFRTA personnel and equipment to begin training and testing was approved by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and all the signed parties.

 

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Thenextvicecity
16 days ago

Now that tri rail has a one seat ride Downtown, I wish that there could be some discussion about upzoning the areas around the stations. Being able to commute to work without having to drive is a huge plus and should make developments along the route attractive.

Anonymous
16 days ago

One of the best parts about pro-development down here is TOD. Developers really do need to seize the opportunities at TriRail stations to increase density and ridership. MetroRail is a great example of that.

anon
16 days ago

The Tri-Rail stations in Miami-Dade were included in the recently passed RTZ (Rapid Transit Zoning) county legislation, which is great news.

Anonymous
16 days ago

Plans have already been in the works for the Hialeah Market area, and Miami Airport is basically changing from industrial to a hotel district. Metrorail Transfer and Opa-Locka will follow suit surrounding when neighbors improve, but unfortunately, most the rest of Tri-Rail stops are squeezed right along I-95 ramps and don’t have much room for TOD. Hence why we need Coastal Link or a commuter Brightline service, as the FEC runs along older development patterns that make walkable TOD feasible.

Anonymous
16 days ago

When surrounding neighborhoods improve*

Anonymous
16 days ago

Even with the delay, it’s good to know that we’re about to get a major transit boost with Downtown Tri-Rail, new Brightline stations, MetroMover extension, South Dade BRT, and commuter rail all in the pipeline.

Anonymous
16 days ago

“about to get”…..If it’s publicly announced, then it’s a sure thing, right?

Pleezzee
16 days ago

Um, do you know in what city and county they’re referring to?

Here I believe things when I see it.

Anonymous
16 days ago

^^yes, and note the sarcasm.

bocur
16 days ago

Imagine if Amtrak ever reaches the MIC, there will be 3 train lines there , and maybe one day Brightline will go to the MIC

anonymous
16 days ago

“very-near future”

I guess it depends on one’s timeline. Could be this year, next year, perhaps this decade, or maybe this century.

Alcoholiotic
16 days ago

In the immortal words of Sara Palin, “when l find out, I’ll get back to ya… “

Azarius
16 days ago

Does that include the possibility of Tri Rail operating the commuter rail line (east of 95) for the tri county

Choo Choo
16 days ago

No, thats going to be operated by Brightline. This will just make it so instead of all tri rail trains terminating at MIA, half will go to MiamiCentral instead

Azarius
16 days ago

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Robin Stan
16 days ago

Kind of shitty that the theming in the Tri-Rail section of MiamiCentral is the same as Brightline, down to the yellow escalators and identical sign formats. Hopefully that changes closer to service commencement.

Sry
16 days ago

I don’t like the stucco ceiling of MCS – it looks cheap

I HATE!
16 days ago

Sorry Grumpy Smurf…

Anonymous
16 days ago

Of all the value engineering that MCS has suffered from, and you don’t like the ceiling?

Anon
16 days ago

Yes. Stucco with brown paint? C’mon.

MINDSET
16 days ago

I’m still surprised something was built .

Heck, we’re still waiting on a Miami Beach rail extension .

Daniel
16 days ago

Metromover was just selected for beach corridor

Anonymous
15 days ago

“selected”….not built

MINDSET
15 days ago

^
Thank you. Daniel doesn’t understand the difference.