Video Shows Amtrak Train Fitting Into The Miami Intermodal Center In First Test Run

Amtrak recently completed a successful test run for the first time ever into the Miami Intermodal Center.

Several videos posted to Youtube show that trains were able to fully enter the platform area, without blocking a nearby street.

Previously, there was concern that the trains would be too long for the platforms at the MIC, and require the closure of Northwest 25th Street while parked.

It isn’t clear if Amtrak wants to run even longer trains into the MIC than the one tested.

A baggage cart driven from Amtrak’s planned head office at the MIC to the train was also tested, the video shows.

The Florida Department of Transportation completed the station at the MIC in 2015, intending for Amtrak to use it. However, Amtrak did not accept the terms of a lease agreement, and never operated from there.

 

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Adrian Diaz
6 months ago

You mean they could have tested this out a decade ago and did not?

Qtip
6 months ago

What do you expect? Amtrak is bloated failing government subsidized operation….you think they have have to plan anything or give a damn about trying to be successful???

Anonymous
6 months ago

B-but… Rick Scott canceled HSR that would totally be successful and actually be built!

Anonymous
6 months ago

…just like HSR in California, right??? And Florida–not a private company, would’ve been on the hook for maintenance and operating costs. Only 17 year old potheads and section eighters wanted that “deal”.

Jacpb
6 months ago

Lol

Angel Rod
6 months ago

They didn’t have the Adequate funding to Achieve this run into MIC .

Yo momma’s so fat…
6 months ago

If the train fit into yo momma’s pu$$y, then it should fit into the station

Anonymous
6 months ago

Anyone who wants to expand Amtrak should ask why it took 7 years to run this very basic test to see if the train fit. It literally involved running a test train on a 2 mile stretch from the current Amtrak station.

In that timeframe Brightline has built 3 stations and an entire corridor plus almost has the Orlando line ready.

Anonymous
6 months ago

It’s because FDOT built the platform too short to accommodate the trains, so Amtrak wasn’t able to immediately occupy the space. By the time Amtrak could occupy it, the attorneys were too busy fighting over who was more right while fighting to the death over the contract. This doesn’t have anything to do with Amtrak being incompetent, as you imply.

In the end you get what you pay for, and greedy morons like you seek to defund public goods like Amtrak and then complain that it’s not “good enough” just to push privatization.

ignoranymous
6 months ago

Ouch!

...
6 months ago

FDOT is government.
Amtrak is government.

If you think bungling transportation is a Public Good, then you probably work for the government, and that isn’t good.

Government is not the solution. Government is the problem.

The Orange Man
6 months ago

^
Meanwhile, I’ll take some of your taxpayer money you pay to the government and create a new branch of the military called “SPACE FORCE.”

I know I know, you’re saying “don’t we already have an AIR FORCE and isn’t this redundant?” Look, I’m the president, and I can do whatever I want with your money.

Anonymous
6 months ago

what a logical fallacy.

“why do we need a coastguard, we already have a navy!”
“Why do we need marines, we already have a navy, and an army!”
or lets go back to 1947, “why do we need an air force, we already have planes in the army!”

Different branches have different specializations. Space is and will be a next frontier of American self defense. No fault in getting ahead of the curve on it.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Maybe if Amtrak didn’t have a history of systematically downsizing our once great passenger railroads and render half-baked solutions when money is thrown at them (see Cuomo’s Penn Station overhaul pet project)… but okay, blame FDOT for a project built with Federal funds your beloved Brandon once praised.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Oh sure, it’s all FDOT’s fault and Amtrak hasn’t been a failure from the beginning. You wonder why Brightline is viable.

Anonymous
6 months ago

The platform was built to accommodate warm-season trains. Amtrak runs longer trains in the winter and that wasn’t factored in. The street’s still gonna be blocked temporarily in wintertime but the bypass has already been built.

Anonymous
6 months ago

An entire line has been built to service the south Florida area and extend to Orlando. No crying about why Amtrak or another government entity couldn’t do a simple test that takes 15 minutes in 7 years is gonna erase that.

Lol @ “we just need to pour money into it!” You had a bunch of bureaucrats fighting over who was to blame and you don’t see the issue? Tax payers dollars were spent litigating who was to blame instead of a simple test being conducted. That’s where the money went. That’s what we paid for. A bunch of lawyers litigating instead of a solution.

Amtrak is a debacle because it’s run by moron bureaucrats. The solution isn’t to give them more money. It’s to do away with them entirely

Anonymous
6 months ago

7 years later…🤦‍♂️

Melo is sigma and Chad
6 months ago

This transit hub is under utilized, it needs density around it like other metrorail stations.

Anonymous
6 months ago

It needs to be extended to Douglas Road, and density around stations in between.

Melo is sigma and Chad
6 months ago

About time, hope they start using the platform by EOY

Anonymous
6 months ago

Wow, what a monumental occasion. A train fitting in a train station!

Anonymous
6 months ago

Hey, in Miami, we’ll take whatever we can get.

Measure twice cut once
6 months ago

How do they not know that the train would fit, I have an extra tape measure you guys can borrow

Anonymous
6 months ago

The problem is they tested a train length that is smaller than what Amtrak is using now!

Huh?
6 months ago

Please elaborate

Anonymous
6 months ago

The one that runs for decades from DC to Hialeah is LONGER, i.e., carrying more cars to accommodate the larger number of passengers. This one is a shorter, commuter version. So, the first problem still hasn’t been addressed.

Exit 1
6 months ago

I hope Brightline takes over instead of Amtrak. Brightline is a much better option. I wouldn’t be surprised if Brightline makes a connection to homestead / Florida City “exit one” and maybe to the keys before Amtrak is ready to use MIC. LoL

Anonymous
6 months ago

Theres no way a train goes to the keys, theres no space for tracks. US-1 is where the old Overseas Railway was

Anonymous
6 months ago

Brightline is building tracks in Orlando, why can’t they do that here?

Anonymous
6 months ago

Hippies in the Keys don’t want any tourists, ignorant of how their economy survives between hurricanes.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Such a dysfunctional and backwards way of transit (not) working here lol. We need Amtrak servicing MIC, Tri-Rail in Government Center, and TOD at all the northern Metrorail stations just like those south of Downtown. I really wonder what the people that work for these agencies and companies do all day.

John
6 months ago

They sit around in their lawn chairs telling you to wear your mask. If only so much effort was put into other tasks. That’s what u get from govt works and contractors.

Anonymous
6 months ago

South of downtown are well off areas, and north of downtown has some TOD (Brownsville, Northside, etc.), but more is appreciated.

Linda
6 months ago

There was a battle over who was right about the platform…But the idiots on both sides turned it into a childish fight…so in the mean time Brightline wanted the station at the Miami Intermodal center…this is why Amtrak is taking it because they know Brightline will take over their biggest paying route – Miami to Orlando…Amtrak needs to get there sh**t together because they are way behind on what’s going on in Miami with Brightline and Tri Rail…they are way to focused on their North East corridor…having said that the other corridor they are screwing with is the sunset limited (MIa, Jax, Los Angeles)…they stopped running trains between Jacksonville to New Orleans…they blame Katrina but CSX runs on those tracks…The Southern Rail Commission is trying to bring it back but Amtrak only wants to open a part of it…I hate the BS Amtrak is doing on this because I have family in Pensacola Fl…. I am an Amtrak fan, I’ve used their trains many times but Amtrak is mismanaged and needs an over haul…I’m very disappointed in them…

Anonymous
6 months ago

and they need faster trains

Not Anonymous
6 months ago

Maglevs!

Anonymous
6 months ago

LOL, I didn’t know Maglevs could run on 100-plus year-old railroad tracks.

Paul Harrison
6 months ago

Nobody’s using Amtrak to go from Miami to Orlando. It’s too infrequent (twice a day) And it doesn’t go via the same route as Brightline – the latter uses the FEC to Cocoa and then uses a new purpose built track to get to Orlando. Brightline is awesome, but it doesn’t relate to this at all. The idea they’ll take over the North East Corridor (their biggest paying route is NOT Miami to Orlando! That’s nuts!) is utterly absurd.

As for it being a childish fight, no, it wasn’t. The platform is, despite the breathless tone of this article, too short. Amtrak runs different length trains during the summer and winter. It’s always been known that the smaller trains will fit into MCO. The FDOT knew the length of Amtrak’s trains and managed to build a station that was too small. Maybe they didn’t have the space. Maybe they read the specifications incorrectly. Maybe they thought there’d be a workaround. But regardless of the reasons, you can’t fit a quart into a pint pot, and it’s not a “childish fight” to not do something that’s completely impossible.

Finally, yes, CSX is running trains from Jacksonville to New Orleans, which is why Amtrak has been demanding access now for several years, and the National Association of Railroad Passengers has been demanding that access too. Amtrak cannot run those trains when CSX refuses to give them access, and CSX, not Amtrak, is the entity blocking restoration of the passenger route.

The politics that resulted in the creation of Amtrak were ugly, but it’s not responsible for the consequences, those you have to lay at the feet of the Nixon regime and all the politicians who created Amtrak in the hope passenger rail would soon be gone. Amtrak needs teeth: in particular, if a Class A refuses to allow *it* to restore passenger rail on a line, Amtrak should be able to force the Class A to run its own passenger trains, unsubsidized, using its own equipment, as CSX (in this case) has clearly broken the agreement that lead to Amtrak’s formation in the first place.

kas
6 months ago

Why doesn’t Amtrak lay tracks between Miami and New Orleans. BNSF, CSX, UP and few other freight railroads just seem to treat Amtrak like a joke. Since CSX built Brightline locomotives, one could see Brightline serving this route.

Facepalm
6 months ago

Name

Melo is sigma and Chad
6 months ago

yall been claiming this ten years ago

Roy
6 months ago

Good news. Stop the hate.

Drac
6 months ago

Everything must have an opposite.

Hate is the opposite of Love.. Love is the opposite of Hate.

nonmous
6 months ago

In case you’re not aware, you can move to “hurricane alley” in the mid west anytime you want.

Anonymous
6 months ago

I think you mean “tornado alley,” or Commiefornia right when the Big One finally happens.

Anonymous
6 months ago

you’ll be long dead before that happens

Douglas Frost DeNunzio
6 months ago

Nice to know that Miami International Airport station is being improved on.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Tri rail is a good service but it sure looks like a dinosaur in motion.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Of course Amtrak may need to run longer trains into the station. That video showing it just missing the intersection proves nothing. OMG. come on!

Paul
6 months ago

While I was in control of all train movement in and out of Albany/Rensselaer the same issue happened. The new high platforms were built too close to the interlocking limits making impossible to change engines on southbound from No1 track.

Anonymous
6 months ago

I guess it happens all the time hhahaha brightline downtown, MIC, New York.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Who is taking a long distance train to the most southern airport on the East coast and who is taking it from Miami to head long distance North? Sorry my ignorance but I just don’t know.

Anonymous
6 months ago

it gets surprisingly crowded I think. When I have ridden it between Miami and Jax and Miami and Tampa you would feel like there’d be people on it. Most people would not ride it all the way through they ride it to intermediate stops. Some of these routes are pretty critical for rural areas, which is why Amtrak doesn’t get dissolved. Its kept on life support from an alliance of big city reps in the northeast and rural reps from out west.

I think the reason why it struggles is that more so than speed is frequency and reliability, they don’t own the tracks and I think they in theory can take precedent but the freight companies don’t want them to operate on their tracks.

Tereso
6 months ago

Unfortunately leftist New Yorkers moving to Florida

ignoranymous
6 months ago

And unfortunately where are righties moving?

Train fanatic
6 months ago

Well some Amtrak trains will still be too long. For example the silver meteor from New York. Riders in the last two sleeper cars will just need to board a few sections down. As for blocking traffic on 25th Street. There’s already a quick detour built for that.

kas
6 months ago

Brightline on the West Coast is just waiting for approvals on some environmental bs tests to run between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The train will have speeds up to 185 mph, while Amtrak trains will be way slower and no date when it will be operational.

Elpit Oncabezon
6 months ago

🤮 so inefficient. Give us a subway system please. The population will be 8 million by 2030.

chris
6 months ago

bro what

Tyrone
6 months ago

You can always go back to NY and beat up in subway stations

Jason Allman
6 months ago

Another waste. Move on…..