Tri-Rail Will Soon Begin Testing Tracks That Will Bring It To MiamiCentral

Tri-Rail will soon have access to Brightline’s downtown Miami tracks to begin testing, according to a spokesperson for the agency that runs the trains.

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority is now working with Brightline in preparation for Tri-Rail’s new service to MiamiCentral, Director Of Public Affairs Victor Garcia told The Next Miami.

Service will begin sometime in 2022, he said. The agency does not yet have an exact date from Brightline when it will have access to the tracks.

In 2016, taxpayers gave Brightline a total of $70 million to build a Tri-Rail station at MiamiCentral, which still hasn’t opened. A link from Tri-Rail’s tracks to Brightline’s tracks is also already complete.

The holdup has been the installation of a Positive Train Control safety system, mandated by the Federal Railroad Administration.

The PTC system was also needed for Brightline to resume its own service, which is scheduled for November 8.

With the system now in place, Tri-Rail can soon begin testing the tracks and eventually start service, once Brightline allows access.

Unlike Brightline, Tri-Rail kept running through the pandemic, and there has been strong demand for its service.

Data from the American Public Transportation Association’s Public Transportation Ridership Report for the First Quarter 2021 showed Tri-Rail having the second highest ridership recovery among commuter railroads in the U.S.

Since the first quarter, Tri-Rail has continued to show one of the biggest percentage ridership increases in the nation, with ridership now at a steady 60% of pre-pandemic levels and growing.

“Tri-Rail has had one of the best recoveries among commuter railroads in the country,” said Steven Abrams, SFRTA Executive Director.

Tri-Rail said it will resume its full 50-weekday and 30-weekend train schedule beginning on Monday, October 25.

At its lowest point, service was reduced to 18 weekday and 12 weekend trains for several months, before being incrementally increased through October 2020.

 

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A duck who flew from Miami Lakes
1 month ago

Now we need the Amtrak station at the airport to be finished

Azarius
1 month ago

The tracks from the port to Mia need to be next to come to service. That’s a major gap that needs to be filled

Anonymous
1 month ago

There are some tracks that run through Allapattah too I think would be great to get in service and the Lehigh spur that goes to Doral.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Also, Metrorail extended down Northwest 37th Avenue to Douglas Road Station with plenty of stops along the way, making a solid transit corridor. At this rate, frankly it could be finished before Amtrak.

Living off A1A
1 month ago

Not gonna happen! Amtrak admitted that they supplied SFRTA with the wrong information. Therefore, the trains cannot be accommodated! And you wonder why Amtrak is a national embarrassment? However, I don’t see why they can’t just close 25th St. and permanently reroute traffic to NW28th St. to extend the platforms to meet Amtrak’s needs. It’s a lot of work >>> and the county “doesn’t have the funds” to pay for it. (???) C’est la Vie!

William
1 month ago

Electrify the line and journey times go down 30%

Anonymous
1 month ago

Except then you have to do more idiotproofing on the tracks, which will take 30 years.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Been hearing this since 2019…..

Adrian
1 month ago

I wish the Amtrak ran into Brightline to make it into a real union station.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I wish the government and Amtrak were competent to build a station with platforms long enough for its trains.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I wish the FEDERAL Government would get out of the train business all together.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Great news. with direct connection to downtown – Tri-Rail can actually function as real commuter line.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Don’t get your hopes up

transplant
1 month ago

Build the metrorail above Brightline’s tracks and have stops at Wynwood, Midtown, Design District, Little River, etc.

Anonymous
1 month ago

That will be perfect. There are so many tracks in the area and will be easy to build up.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Maybe we should have Brightline and/or Trail-Rail stations there first, taking advantage of existing infrastructure, and then if there is demand… I’d rather see Metrorail extended to FIU, Doral, Little Havana, and Miami Beach. There as so many roads in the areas and it will be easy to build on medians.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’d rather see Metrorail extend the way I want it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Dade county has miles and miles of railroads, why they don’t use it to create a light train? What is the excuse? Seems like our politicians are more concerned to get more benefits from the new high-rises being built than care about the citizens; if our government really cares, why they never built the line from Government Center to the west,

chupacabra
1 month ago

light rail/mass transit doesnt generate property tax and permit fees for the city and banana republic politicos to squander….

Realtalk Reilly
1 month ago

So, it appears to me that what’s been going on is the following:

Despite Brightline agreeing with the County to give Tri-Rail access to its MiamiCentral station as a condition of building that station, Brightline doesn’t really want to share its tracks with Tri-Rail, which essentially competes against Brightline’s own trains. So Brightline has been using every excuse in the book to delay giving them access. Do I have that about right?

Lechozo
1 month ago

Yes, but it cut wto ways: the connection could also allow freight trains from the FEC yard or the port to use the Trirail/CSX tracks instead of the coastal tracks

Anonymous
1 month ago

About time

Anonymous
1 month ago

SOON?!? What does that mean?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Make me wonder, why the County are not smart enough to use those thousands miles of Railroads here

Anonymous
1 month ago

CSX is their excuse, and Federal safety regulations to keep Darwin Award mongs from being struck by trains while walking on the tracks don’t help either.

The reality is they would rather spend out tax dollars on benefits for themselves rather than what’s good for the county as a whole, typical of banana republic and poverty pimp politicians.

Tri-Rail to downtown... what a genius thought
1 month ago

Tri-Rail direct to downtown

Anonymous
1 month ago

How can anyone believe these people who have been saying that was going to occur in 2019, 2020 than again in 2021. The reason given has always been the same. If this badly needed extension to downtown Miami ever gets done, I’m sure it won’t be before the end of 2022. Many of us older people cannot drive on I-95 or want to transfer to metro rail on trains that don’t have a bathroom if needed. It would be nice to go to Miami from Broward and spend an afternoon there.

Anonymous
1 month ago

So by 2027 we can use this to commute?

AbyNormal
1 month ago

We need an express (MetroRail) Train – Dntn to Airport with No stops or opportunities to get Mugged.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This sounds like someone who’s never ridden metrorail lmao

Anonymous
1 month ago

You know there isn’t a lot of muggings In Miami this isn’t NY, lol you might get scammed or randomly shot on south beach but not mugged lol

Anonymous
1 month ago

No need, Tri-Rail will go direct from Downtown to the Airport.

Yet Another Anonymous
1 month ago

Noon. No.. no noo

Anonymous
1 month ago

It won’t be going directly to the airport or to the airport it goes north with the first stop being the metro rail/Tri rail transfer being the first stop.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Is someone going to pain’t over the tri-rail palm trees?