Update Coming On Amtrak To Miami Intermodal Center Later This Month

The Florida Department of Transportation is scheduled to provide an update on the status of the Amtrak station planned at the Miami Intermodal Center later this month, according to a tweet from the Miami-Dade Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust.

The Intermodal Center was built in 2013 in front of Miami International Airport, with the majority of the space dedicated to rental cars.

It also includes Metrorail, Tri-Rail, Greyhound, Megabus, and Metrobus stations, all connected to the airport by people mover.

Platforms and offices were built at the complex for an Amtrak station, which would have relocated from a facility near Hialeah.

However, it was later discovered that the platform length was 200 feet short of what was needed by Amtrak.

The solution would require closing a nearby street every time an Amtrak train pulled into the station, but it still hasn’t happened nine years later.

The update from FDOT is scheduled to come at the Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust meeting on February 24.

 

 

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Azarius
3 months ago

Almost 10 yrs with no solutions…sounds like Miami Local Politics

Anonymous
3 months ago

I can see being off by 10ft, 20ft, 30ft, 40ft, 50ft, or maybe even a 100ft… but 200ft! Geezzz, who was minding the store?!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Cars are 85 feet, so that’s “only two cars”.

Anonymous
3 months ago

So embarressing.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Why it takes so dam long! It’s very simple folks, either lengthen the platform, or shorten the train!

Fern
3 months ago

They lengthen the train in the winter months because it’s more popular then. For a large part of the year it’s actually an adequate length

Clark
3 months ago

Shortening the train kind of defeats the whole point…

Cully W
3 months ago

What the story fails to mention is that IF the idiots that designed the building had NOT placed a building and pickup / drop off zone at the south end of the tracks and instead had that building and zone on either side of the rails with nothing but a train platform between NW 25th St and NW 21st Street they would have had plenty of room for an Amtrak train, two of which serve Miami every day.

Instead, we got yet another screw up and poorly designed building by people without a clue, that how many years later is STILL not being used for all of what it was intended? These are idiots that we are burdened with and the reason crap like this gets built instead of something nice we can use.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Like the Metrorail!

William
3 months ago

The intermodal center and the tri-rail people must have the same designers and leaders….

Anonymous
3 months ago

Good news we hope. I think the longer ramp was only needed for occasional longer trains from New York

Anonymous
3 months ago

That’s because Rebequita avoids dealing with negative issues — however, if a positive outcome arrives, she’ll take the podium to get credit for it.

Anonymous
3 months ago

I think Amtrak has to pay a fee for using the InterModal Center while they don’t at old station they own in Hialeah. But is your money anyway.

Anonymous
3 months ago

No one knows how to use a ruler in Miami

Anonymous
3 months ago

top talkn bout us…

Anonymous
3 months ago

The fault lies with Amtrak who approved the station plans.

Anonymous
3 months ago

They never had any intention of using the station then bamboozled FDOT into looking for solutions. Of course FDOT should’ve actually done a field review of an Amtrak train and realized that sometimes the length varies greatly, but that’s what happens when you have highway people building railroads.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Because of this kind of situations I laugh when I read an article saying that miami is the most important city in the nation nowadays, somebody is smoking or the nation is in very bad shape.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Why ?

Gil
3 months ago

Both

Anonymous
3 months ago

Today, Brightline announced that it was 72% complete. They have been saying that completion was 70% for the last few months. They also established a goal of passenger service in 2023. A year ago the plan was to have the trains running by year end 2022. In 2012, the goal for service to Orlando was 2014. Problems with train service is not limited to government.
This story sites need for roadwork prior to service. The road network can accommodate train service today. A new 28th street now crosses the tracks. It is 500 feet north or 25th street. The only work required to establish service is the extension of the concrete platform for about 200 feet.
Amtrak service, however requires replacement of the Miami River bridge about 1/4 mile to the north. The bridge is planned for replacement in conjunction with the double tracking associated with the last couple of miles entering the Miami Airport terminal.

Anonymous
3 months ago

In this 10 years they could have closed the street and built an under pass. But then of course we have fools running our cities.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Have a nice meeting and wait another 10 years

Anonymous
3 months ago

LOL I remember a Vice President ten years ago talking about how great this project was. Meanwhile, “All Aboard Florida” was yet to be proposed.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Yeah.. and then in Miami they mucked it up, just like they did the airport expansion.

Anonymous
3 months ago

The enormity of how incompetent the designers and engineers is hard to understand.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Just Thank God they aren’t Doctors!

Bill in SC
3 months ago

There is simply no need to have a platform as long as the trains. They only need to open the doors on two train cars, one for coach, one for sleepers. They could block 25th Street and let people drive around to 28th St, no big deal.

Anonymous
3 months ago

I have full faith this will get fixed. It might take another freaking 10 years, but it’ll happen.

Especially now that they’re cutting of all bus connections to the current station

Anonymous
3 months ago

They will announce plans for a study

Steven Crosmer
3 months ago

If Amtrak went back to running split train operations in separate sections to both Miami and Tampa, that would fix the problem. They have built a new platform at Tampa that can hold longer trains than Miami Airport, and since the ridership counts have been higher at Tampa than Miami, it would make sense to send the shorter train section to Miami and the longer section to Tampa. The cost for doing this would be $0.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Can anything get done in Miami that’s not highways?

Walter Zullig
2 months ago

Actually a bypass road was built, complete with lights and safety measures, for use on the rare occasions when an Amtrak train was too long to fit into the station. And after the millions spent on that Amtrak still is not using the new station. The new facility with its direct connection to MIA Airport and a 17 minute Metrorail ride to downtown would be far better for the passengers than the present out-of- the way station.