Miami Central Station
|Miami Central Station
Southward view toward Coral Gables and Coconut Grove of Airport station; Amtrak and Tri-Rail tracks under construction left-background
|Address||3797 NW 21st Street
Miami, Florida 33142
|Line(s)||Amtrak: Metrorail: Tri-Rail:|
|Connections|| Miami International Airport via MIA Mover
Greyhound Bus Lines
Metrobus: 37, 42, 57, J (110), 133, 150 and 238
Rental Car Center
|Levels||2 (Ground floor: Amtrak, Tri-Rail, Metrobus and Greyhound Lines
Upper level: Metrorail and MIA Mover)
|Platforms||Platforms 1–4: Ground cross-platform interchange (Amtrak and Tri-Rail)
Platforms 5 & 6: Elevated island platform (Metrorail and MIA Mover)
|Parking||Multi-story parking garage|
|Bicycle facilities||Bicycle parking on ground level|
|Opened||Metrorail: July 28, 2012
Tri-Rail: March 7, 2014 (Under Construction)
Amtrak: March 7, 2014 (Under Construction)
|Fare zone||Miami Central to Golden Glades (Tri-Rail)|
|Passengers (2013, proj.)||150,000 (MIC; daily) 0%|
Miami Central Station, also called Miami Airport Station, is a rapid transit, commuter rail, intercity rail, and intercity bus union station currently under construction in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States, just outside Miami city limits near its Grapeland Heights neighborhood.
The station located on Northwest 21st Street near North Douglas Road (West 37th Avenue), just east of Le Jeune Road (West 42nd Avenue) and Miami International Airport (MIA), and south of the Miami River and the Airport Expressway (SR 112). When completed, it will serve Amtrak, Tri-Rail, Metrorail, and Metrobus, and will provide a people mover connection to the airport via the MIA Mover.
Phase I of the station, which involved the construction of the MIA Mover, Metrobus terminal, and Metrorail concourse, opened on July 28, 2012. Phase II, which entails construction of the Tri-Rail and Amtrak concourse, is scheduled for completion in early 2014. The intermodal rail station, a part of the greater Miami Intermodal Center at MIA, is expected to be among the busiest passenger stations in Florida and the Southeast upon completion.
Intercity passenger rail service into Miami began in April 1896 with the arrival of the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) at the new southern terminus in downtown, just east of the current site of Government Center station. Service between Miami and New York operated in conjunction with both the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and the Seaboard Air Line Railway from Jacksonville. In January 1927, the Seaboard Air Line Railway commenced service on its newly completed extension to Miami, with the Orange Blossom Special arriving at Seaboard's terminal in Allapattah two miles north of downtown.
Passenger service on the FEC was halted by a strike in January 1963, and the FEC downtown station was demolished that November. Seaboard, however, continued providing passenger service to its terminal via the streamlined Silver Meteor and other trains. Amtrak took over Seaboard's passenger routes in 1971, continuing to provide service to the Seaboard terminal.
In 1977, Amtrak determined it could not maintain the decaying Allapattah terminal, which also posed logistical problems for passenger coach maintenance, and moved the Miami terminus to its current location at the Seaboard passenger coach yards near Hialeah. The new Miami Central Station is located six miles south of the current Amtrak station, on a mile-long spur that branches south off of the beginning of the Seaboard (now CSX) Homestead extension near the Miami River.
Construction of the facility began on May 18, 2011, but the ceremonial groundbreaking did not take place until September 27.
Southbound Tri-Rail service terminated at the modern-day Hialeah Market in 1987. A new station opened in April 1998 at the present site of Central Station. It was the southern terminus of the Tri-Rail system until September 12, 2011, when Tri-Rail service to the site was suspended for approximately two years to facilitate construction of the new station. Hialeah Market became the temporary southern terminus for Tri-Rail with shuttle buses taking passengers between the Hialeah Market station and Miami International Airport and two trains per day stopping further north at the Metrorail transfer station with accompanying shuttle buses.
Closing of Miami Airport Station during construction
Tri-Rail's Miami Airport Station temporarily closed on September 12, 2011 to facilitate construction of the Miami Central Station. The station is expected to be closed for a period of approximately two years, during which time it will be rebuilt and connected to the airport via an escalator and people mover.
During this two-year period, the southern terminus of rail service will be the Hialeah Market Station, where bus transportation will be provided to and from the Miami International Airport through this station. Trailers have been installed to house a ticket agent and restroom facilities. Additional lighting has been installed and approximately 60 additional parking spaces have been striped. There will be 24-hour security at the station.
Two northbound trains, P638 and P642, will originate from the Metrorail Transfer Station. Two southbound trains, P631 and P635 will terminate at the Metrorail Transfer Station. Passengers will be bused to and from the Hialeah Market Station and the Miami International Airport for these trains.
By closing the Miami Airport Station, the construction time of the MIC will be reduced by approximately 21 months and will result in taxpayers saving approximately $10 million in construction costs. The impact to passengers should be less than 10 minutes in extended travel time to the airport.
The Metrorail and Metrobus stations are combine in a single structure designed by Perez & Perez Architects Planners Inc; a Miami local firm. The stainless steel and aluminum canopy was design through modern digital fabrication techniques and was manufactured by Zahner in Kansas City. The structure was shipped in modular sections and assembled on site in an eight month time-frame.
The new Metrorail and Metrobus Station has been active since July 28th 2012.
The other stations servicing AMTRAK and TRIRAIL were designed by AECOM and are still pending completion and it is anticipated to open in 2014.
Note: Amtrak service at Miami Central Station service does not begin until January 2014 at the earliest.
- Silver Star to New York City via Orlando, Washington, DC and Philadelphia
- Silver Meteor to New York City via Orlando, Washington, DC and Philadelphia
|Route #||Route Name||Route Map||Note|
|7A||Downtown Miami ↔ Central Station via NW 7th Street and Marlins Park||Map|
|37||South Miami Metrorail station ↔ Hialeah via Douglas Rd & Palm Ave||Map|
|42||Douglas Road Metrorail station ↔ Opa-locka or Miami Springs (42A) via LeJeune Rd||Map||Evening weekday terminus at Miami Central Station|
|57||Jackson South Hospital via Red Rd (SR 959) and Perimeter Rd||Map||Weekday service only|
|J (110)||Miami Beach via Julia Tuttle Cswy, 36 St & LeJeune Rd||Map|
|133||Airport/Tri-Rail Shuttle (MIA ↔ Hialeah Market Tri-Rail station or NW 79th Street/37th Ave||Map||To be discontinued when phase II is complete. This route does NOT enter Central Station.|
|150||Miami Beach Airport Flyer (Miami Beach at South Pointe Park, Alton, and 5th Street via the Airport Expressway/Julia Tuttle Causeway, and Collins Avenue)||Map|
|238||East-West Connection (Dolphin Mall)||Map||Weekday service only|
|238x||Weekend Express (Dolphin Mall via SR 836)||Map||Saturday and Sunday Only|
|297||27th Ave Orange Line MAX (Calder Race Course, Sun Life Stadium, and County Line Road via NW 27th Ave)||Weekday service only|
Metrorail Orange Line
- Greater Miami:
Note: Tri-Rail service at Miami Central Station service does not begin until January 2014 at the earliest.
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