Tri-Rail Station At Miami International Airport Delayed Until January

The long awaited Tri-Rail station at Miami International Airport, already a year behind schedule, has been delayed again.

An FDOT official told the Sun Sentinel that the station won’t open until at least January due to ‘quality control issues’.

The Miami Airport Tri-Rail station was temporarily closed in September 2011 and replaced with shuttle service from Hialeah Market Station. At the time, FDOT forecast that the new station at the Miami Intermodal Center (which is linked to the airport) would open in two years.

The Amtrak station at the MIC is also delayed, and a spokesman did not provide an opening date.

 

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amonte
6 years ago

The whole public transportation system here sucks. Instead of great systems like Chicago’s, where they have one public transportation entity with three sub divisions handling different areas, one handling the city train and bus, one handling the commuter rail (suburbs) and another handling the suburb’s bus, we have a minimum of five different entities, one handles the city’s public transportation, which is just the trolley I think, commuter rail with Tri-Rail and each county has their own system. H O R R I B L E.

Marc305
6 years ago

I could not agree with you more. I am from Washington D.C. and the system there is amazing! I was just there last month and could not believe how backwards we are here in Miami. We need the Metro to go to the beach and Aventura, that would be a good start.

amonte
6 years ago

I’m not sure if all the way to Aventura because I’m not sure if it’s too far. If the city train is also going to go through some suburbs, it’s always the surrounding, outlying suburbs.

Fredric
6 years ago

You guys are being too harshly critical of the public transit in Miami. Of course public transportation in Miami leaves much to be desired. But perhaps you are forgetting that Miami and South Florida did not even begin to construct rail transit systems and the elevated Metro Mover in Miami until the 1980s, whereas most all other cities in the US which have far more extensive rail transportation got started with their systems generations earlier than that.

Also of note is how little assistance Miami-Dade and the rest of South Florida have gotten from the Federal government for public transportation. Since construction on the Metrorail began in the early 1980s, the feds have been decidedly anti-transit and this includes not only Congress but often the Executive branch as well. When the Miami Metrorail first opened to the public in 1985, then president Ronald Reagan sarcastically stated that it would have been cheaper to buy every citizen in Miami a brand new Lincoln Continental.

With hostile resistance like this and the financing difficulties which result from that, in part, no wonder there are problems with fragmented systems management, inadequate routing and the like! This is not to say that local officials have not made plenty of mistakes and that there has not been corruption embedded within the whole process because obviously these issues have been present from the beginning. However, I feel that some credit is due here for continuing to have foresight and fighting against the automobile/highway expansion mentality instead of giving in, as easily could have happened. And it is still early in the game. In twenty years Miami may well have a world-class public transportation system.

amonte
6 years ago

Besides that our public transportation here leaves much to be desired, my comment was about how disorganized and crap our public transportation system is in how we don’t have one entity for public transportation, we have at least five.

Instead of having one entity, let’s call it the Metro Transportation Authority since Miami uses “Metro” for all their public transportation names, with three sub division or “operators” or “service boards.”

One for the city train and buses that also cover outlying suburbs, in this case, Miami, Miami Beach, South Miami, North Miami, etc.

One for the commuter rail for the suburbs, in this case, Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. For those who don’t know what a commuter rail is, it’s what the Tri-Rail is.

And lastly, one for the suburb’s bus. In this case, for the Dade suburbs that aren’t the outlying suburbs that don’t have access to the city bus, Broward and Palm Beach.

Also, stop referring to the Miami metro area as South Florida. Miami metro area consists of Dade, Broward and Palm Beach while South Florida is a region. South Florida consists of Miami metro area, the Keys and I believe a few other areas, I think Martin and Port Saint Lucie counties north of Palm Beach. Two completely different things.

Edward
6 years ago

I agree with you as well when people start comparing apples to oranges because the Northeast corridor has the best public transportation in the country by far. No other region in country have yet build the system they have up their. We are very lucky we have any public transit and they cared enough to even expand it. A lot of cities don’t have any rail like Indianapolis, Cincinatti, Columbus, and a host of other cities have yet to put any plans forward.

anonymous
6 years ago

The trains are diesel. If the rails and crossing are in place, let’s get the trains moving to the airport!

CEC
6 years ago

MAKE A DEAL WITH THE FRENCH TO CONSTRUCT A COUNTYWIDE TRAIN SYSTEM. PARIS HAS ONE OF THE BEST AND MOST EFFICIENT METRORAIL SYSTEMS IN THR WORLD. STOP CONSTRUCTING NEW HIGHWAYS THAT ARE OBSOLITE BEFORE THEY ARE FINISHED. IF SOMEONE JUST MUST USE THEIR AUTOMOBILE, MOVE TO MONTANA; YOU WILL HAVE PLENTY OF “PERSONAL SPACE” THERE.

Gordon Lee
6 years ago

How hard is it to build a sidewalk with a railroad track next to it???