Tri-Rail To Wynwood: Brand New Train Station Design Released As Property Owners Continue Push For Transit Connection

Wynwood’s Business Improvement District and property owners there continue to push for a Tri-Rail stop, and have released conceptual plans of a train station in the neighborhood.

The new station design was prepared by Kimley Horn, a traffic consultant.

Bill Rammos, a private property owner with the largest frontage along this section of tracks, commissioned the study.

Plans show that the platforms can readily fit in the rail right of way along his properties near NW 27th Street.

Two additional studies have been commissioned by the Wynwood BID and by the City of Miami which show that a station in the vicinity of Rammos’ property would provide the greatest benefit to the highest number of people as well as having the least adverse impacts on traffic.

Residents of Wynwood, Midtown, Edgewater and Overtown would be within a few minutes walk of the new station.

Tri-Rail to downtown Miami has been delayed until at the end of 2020, Miami-Dade’s transit director said this month.  Tri-Rail’s deal with Brightline’s parent company allows another station to be built between downtown and 71st Street, as long as Tri-Rail pays for it and doesn’t impede Virgin Trains, according to the Herald.

Another possible station location in the area is underneath I-195 at 36th Street.

 

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Anonymous

This is the proper location for a station, on the crossroads between Edgewater and Wynwood, one block to midtown. Connect to it with some bike lanes and it would be a huge benefit to the community!

marc

Absolutely.

Anonymous

No, the perfect location would be at least near a damn Metro mover station for people getting to/from downtown & North Dade/Broward/palm Beach destinations.

marc

Sooooo much more centrally located than the spot under I-195 next to the cluster F that is 36th street.

Anonymous

At 36th street, the south bound platform could go south of 36th and northbound north of it. Trains in the station would not block 36th.
There are easy connections with 8 bus and trolley lines, and a lot within quick walking distance.

suomynona

The 36th St location blows.

Anonymous

Just build it already. What is the problem why do our leaders not care at all? What am I missing? This seems so obvious! #CoastalLink

marc

What’s obvious is a private company owns the ROW and ultimately decides who uses it. It’s why Tri-Rail is taking forever to get in to MiamiCentral.

Anonymous

The approval of the Aventura Station included conditions that Require the private company to work with Tri-Rail to create Tri-Rail stations on the NE Corridor line.

marc

Right, did you read the agreement. There’s no condition that requires it. It’s a consideration perhaps “in the future.”. You know who determines when this future is? Virgin does. It’s a BS move, along with the inclusion of “low income housing” to ultimately get the approval for the subsidy.

Anonymous

If that is true we should speak up and change this. We can’t be subsidizing private wealthy rail companies to connect to a mall, and Tri-Rail not getting fair use of the tracks if taxpayer money is helping them to make profits.

marc

That was a condition some of the commissioners were advocating for but Virgin wouldn’t budge so the subsidy was voted down. That is until they included the “low income housing” element and commissioner Monestime flipped getting the needed vote and it was approved.

NYC Loves Miami

Thanks for clearing that up marc.

Anonymous

You must be new here. This was said at the exact public hearing where it was approved!

Anonymous

So vote the bozo’s doing it out of office! Let your voice be heard.

Anonymous

This Tri-Rail was supposed to go all the way up to Jupiter downtown area

Anonymous

Get it done. Another possible station is the old Lemon City station site at 62nd street.

Anonymous

Metromover should be extended to Wynwood.
Tri Rail can be an additional feeder.

Anonymous

Agree
That’s how you build density

Anonymous

What the heck is a “Wynwood Norte?”

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Right? What happened to North Wynwood or just good ole Wynwood?

Anonymous

Haha new neighborhood name

Anonymous

Wynwood Norte is the name invented by Texas developer Westdale Wynwood who are trying to massively upzone that area of Wynwood which is mostly single-family.

Anonymous

There was a piece in the Miami Herald I think about how it was actually an attempt by locals to preserve their area by not having it swallowed by an expanding Wynwood but instead gentrify slowly and on their terms.

suomynona

I like it. They’re certainly different types of neighborhood north/south of 29th St, even if they’re both “Wynwood”.

Anonymous

Ever heard of the WOW (West of Wynwood) district ?

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Wynwood….Norte? This is a first for me…

Anonymous

See, you propose spending $76 million for a fairly useless train station in Aventura and all of the sudden some good ideas start popping up. Trains to Wynwood, Edgewater, and the Design District are long overdue, and a relatively easy step! This is something that could actually help stimulate the moribund downtown office market. Too bad none of Mayor Gimenez’s relatives are involved or it would have happened long ago.

suomynona

These proposals have been around for years.

Anonymous

I hope brightline trains make a stop at this proposed station. That is the only way BL can stay profitable. 50,000 well to do residents within 1 mile cannot be ignored.

Anonymous

The only way BL thinks they can stay profitable is to charge you way to much to ride and ensure there’s no competition from Trirail.

marc

You’re right. The people that can afford to spend $20-30 per person round trip from MiamiCentral to Aventura are not taking a train. It will be a tourist shopping ride if that.

Anonymous

You’re right. Since Brightline is charging $9 to Aventura the $4.50 they’d get to Wynwood is going to keep them in the black for sure.

Anonymous

Two shopping centers owned by one married billionaire power couple, Aventura mall & Design District, Sofer and Robins. And THIS is where our leaders want to put train stations. HAVE YOU NO SHAME?

A station at 27th street is superior in EVERY way and will serve MANY more people today and into the future. What exactly is going on here???

Anonymous

Since they cannot build stations everywhere , It will be great if every City could have a free shuttle to the closer station 😉

Anonymous

lmfao!!

Anonymous

Long time coming. Even a short metrorail extension through this area would’ve benefited people, instead Gimenez opted for newer bus station coverings on the busway.

Better wynwood and edgewater than Aventura of all places lmao

Corruption?

The idiots involved in Midtown Miami neglected to add space for a train station.

Anonymous

Since this is bound to get entangled in Brightline-Tri Rail joint operations fights I have to ask – would it be so hard to build an elevated Metrorail line over the FEC ROW that wouldn’t interfere with Brightline ops?

Hell, ideally it would be a two-deck elevated structure that removed the street crossings Brightline has to deal with now and added Metrorail for shorter distance hops on top.

The city-county could finance both in return for air rights over the ROW.

Anonymous

Sounds like a good idea! But let’s spend 10 years studying it first.

-County government

Anonymous

Great project. Needs a connected parking garage.

Anonymous

Underappreciated troll.

Anonymous

Build this AND the one on 36th street. Smart.

Anonymous

Smart if you want to give Brightline an excuse to not let Tri-Rail ever use its ROW because its trains stopping ever four feet clog the line.

suomynona

At this point it’s best to assume Brightline will never allow TriRail to use its lines.

suomynona

I would be in favor of 2 stations if they significantly reduced the distance/walk-time to the station for the average Wynwood, Edgewater, Midtown resident/visitor.

Anonymous

would be better closer to design district

Anonymous

yes. closer to the homeless district.

Anonymous

You can already walk pretty easily from Midtown to the Design District but the gap between downtown, Wynwood, and Midtown needs to be bridged and this location does it very nicely.

Corruption much?

The people who planned Midtown forgot to leave space for a train station. Instead, they sold every sq inch.

Anonymous

Tri rail runs hourly for most of the day. It only runs more frequently for rush hour.
When Miami Central becomes operational, only half the service will go to downtown Miami.
The other trains will continue serving Miami Airport.
Service every 2 hours is not very useful.
A much better serving plan is to have a metromover extension from the school board station.
The total length of of the addition to Midtown is less than 1 mile.

Anonymous

Presumably the frequency of Tri-Rail can be increased, particularly since this would be a separate line from the existing ones; it’s not set in stone by Biblical proclamation.

Agreed Metromover extension would be fantastic in the alternative or as well, but this seems to be impossible for reasons that never get adequately explained.