Years After Station Built, Amtrak Still Negotiating With FDOT To Serve Miami Intermodal Center

It is almost five years after Amtrak was supposed to begin service to the Miami Intermodal Center.

Construction on the rail hub began in 2011, with a forecast completion of September 2013.

The Amtrak station was built, but never opened. The problem – the platform length is 200 feet short, thanks to a miscommunication between Amtrak and FDOT.

Amtrak spokesperson Kimberly Woods provided the following statement on April 19:

Florida is an important market for Amtrak. The Silver Star and Silver Meteor trains connects New York and Miami four times a day. We are excited about the prospects of serving the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) and discussions continue with the Florida Department of Transportation. We have no immediate plans to serve the MIC. Amtrak continues to provide service at the Miami station in the Hialeah area.

One solution that had been discussed was closing off an adjacent street to car traffic every time a train pulled into a station. That “fix” still hasn’t been implemented yet.

All other planned components of the Miami Intermodal Center are operational, including Metrobus and Greyhound stations, Tri-Rail, and a car rental center. There’s also land available for expansion.

The MIC is linked to Miami International Airport by the MIA Mover, a people mover system. A train departs approximately every 90 seconds, and takes about 3 minutes.

 

almost seven years later, the amtrak platform and lobby remain unused: