Tri-Rail’s New One-Seat Express Service From Downtown Miami Begins July 1

Tri-Rail has announced the start date of a new express service from MiamiCentral that won’t require a change of trains.

Service will begin July 1, 2024.

The train will stop at just five stations:

  • West Palm Beach Station
  • Boca Raton Station
  • Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Station at Dania Beach
  • Metrorail Transfer Station
  • MiamiCentral Station

Departure from West Palm Beach is planned at 6:30 a.m., with arrival at Miamicentral at at 8:05 a.m.

A return express train is planned on the same route, departing MiamiCentral at 5:35 p.m.

In addition to allowing passengers a one seat ride, travel time will be reduced by more than 30 minutes thanks to the express service.

Tri-Rail will also continue to operate its current schedule to MiamiCentral, with 26 trains operating on weekdays and 23 trains on weekends. That service requires a change of trains to and from MiamiCentral.

 

(photo: Phillip Pessar)

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anonymous
20 days ago

This is excellent news for the Trirail network. Hopefully riders realize that you dont have to pay an arm and a leg to get from West Palm to Miami anymore. if enough riders actually utlize this train than they could add more express trains in the morning/evening.

Jim
20 days ago

This is a start… but why is it only in ONE direction, and only ONE train? What about anyone commuting north FROM Miami?

anonymous
20 days ago

totally agree with you on that. Im guessing eventually you’ll see trirail add an express train going north.

anonymous
19 days ago

Tri Rail will also have and afternoon train going north at around 5:30.

anonymous
19 days ago

I bet this is a pilot program to gauge interest. I hope it’s a success.

Anonymkeks
19 days ago

Because Tri Rail doesn’t have any more trainsets to use.

Anonymoose
18 days ago

When do the new trains come in, that will be compliant with emissions standards and able to go directly into downtown Miami?

Anonymous too
18 days ago

I don’t know about the locomotive refurbs (to improve emissions, efficiency and other things), it’s on-going. I’ll guess 4-6 months each? Without improved emissions they can’t go to Miami Central.

In 2023 Tri-rail received a grant to help replace 1/3 of its fleet (passenger cars (24?) and locomotives). The new cars will have improved AC, Power outlets, Wifi, improved bathrooms…etc. I thought they spoke about 5 years then so we might be looking at 4 more years now. The train manufacturers are all very busy and have a lot of orders from all over the country. Probably why it’s going to take a while. Brightline has been waiting for additional cars too.

I’m concerned that the train order is a replacement, not for additional cars to add capacity. Maybe they could refurb some of the older ones so they’d have a couple extra trainsets for more service.

Sam
19 days ago

Because there is only on two way track used for multiple things

Anonymous too
18 days ago

This train will also allow them to measure ridership and interest both in express service and to/from Miami Central. I’m sure if enough people use it, they may add more (as long as they have the trains to do so).

I’m surprised at least one didn’t already exist (to the airport). Most commuter lines across the county offer one or more limited stop express trains weekday mornings/evenings.

anon
20 days ago

glad we’re catching up with europe from 50 years ago

anon
19 days ago

150 years* but really america had this all until we got rid in the 60s, so just reinstating the proper order!

Joey
20 days ago

The details are in the print, if you live in Miami and need to go north, you are out luck. It should be two express trains in opposite directions at those proposed times.

anon
20 days ago

Choo Choo!!

Intermodal in a bad way
20 days ago

Still not the coastal link. At first I thought this would be on the FEC tracks using those stations that are already there, of course neither line really has an FTL airport station yet.

anonymous
20 days ago

Who cares if its not on the FEC tracks? The downtown West Palm Station is only a few blocks away from Brightline West Palm and you got dropped off in the same station in Miami. Also, the trirail train gets you into Miami just 15-20 minutes more than brightline and will be a fraction of the cost compared to Brightline

anonymous
19 days ago

also, if you are in West Palm they Circuit App offers a gold cart transportation service that is free to get you to the station if you live in downtown area

Anonymous
19 days ago

Apples to oranges anyway. Coastal Link was planned as a frequent stop commuter service for denser cities along the FEC tracks. Apart from Miami and West Palm Beach, most CSX line stops are in suburban areas tucked along I-95.

Anon
20 days ago

Great progress

Anonymous
19 days ago

About f-ing time. With Brightline taking over part of Coastal Link, SFRTA needs to work on extending Tri-Rail along the FEC tracks through Northern Broward County and Palm Beach County, into Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter to the north, and along the CSX spur into Kendall from Hialeah Market to the south.

Ex-Londoner resident in 33132
19 days ago

Finally…am thrilled beyond words. Tri-Rail will be honored by my British bum on its seats July 1

Anon
19 days ago

London calls your name, they want you to return, your unseasoned fish and chips awaits you

Running late
18 days ago

After being away for three years, I’ve started to ride the Tri-rail AGAIN as of March 1st. I have arrived on time twice in the last three months. ABSOLUTELY FREAKING INCREDIBLE!

evan
19 days ago

So anyone in Miami wanting to take tri rail downtown will still have to transfer at the metro rail station. Rest of the stations all in areas Brightline serves. I understand it’s a bit more west, and obviously cheaper, but doesn’t seem very efficient in terms of moving more people.

Rob
14 days ago

Until there is a willingness on the part of South Floridians to act like adults and relinquish those parking lots called I-95, the Palmetto or the Dolphin, the mass transit industry will take baby steps. If the service is used, they will undoubtedly increase the frequency.

Jordan
19 days ago

But what about the people who wake up at 5am and get to the office at 6am?

Disregard….

Those people are wealthy, don’t need government trains, and don’t whine and complain about traffic because there isn’t any in the morning.