AirportLink (Miami)

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AirportLink (Orange Line)
AirportLink logo.svg
Overview
Number of lines      Orange Line
Number of stations 16
Website Metrorail's Orange Line
Operation
Operator(s) Miami-Dade Transit (MDT)

AirportLink is an extended segment of the Miami Metrorail transit system that expanded the system from the existing Earlington Heights Station to the Miami Central Station, which was completed in 2012. The Orange line has 16 stations from Kendall through Downtown Miami as well as a direct connection to Miami International Airport at Central Station via the free MIA Mover airport people mover.

History[edit]

Miami Central Station under construction in June 2011.
Guideway along State Road 112 (Airport Expressway) under construction in late 2011.
Airport Metrorail station near completion in early 2012.

In May 2009, Miami-Dade County broke ground on the AirportLink Metrorail Extension Project, a 2.4-mile extension of Metrorail that will run from the existing Earlington Heights station to the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC), now under construction next to Miami International Airport (MIA). Opened in summer 2012, the AirportLink is considered the centerpiece of the People's Transportation Plan (PTP), approved by Miami-Dade voters in 2002. The bulk of the funding for the $506 million project will come from the PTP half-penny tax, with the Florida Department of Transportation contributing $101.3 million.

The AirportLink provides a fast, reliable Metrorail connection to MIA for the millions of residents, visitors and employees who travel to and from MIA every year. With this project, Miami-Dade County has joined the ranks of major metropolitan areas around the world with rapid transit connections to their airports.

The Miami Intermodal Center is a major centralized transportation hub developed by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) that provides seamless access to all modes of transportation, including Metrobus, Metrorail, Tri-Rail, Amtrak, Greyhound, tour buses, taxi cabs and rental cars. An automated people mover (MIA Mover) connects the MIC to the airport.

Orange line station list[edit]

Station Lines Time to Downtown Opened Average weekday ridership
(02/2011)[1]
Connections
Miami Central Station      Feature parking.svg 16
min
July 28,
2012
N/A Miami Intermodal Center: Rental Car Center

Amtrak: Silver Meteor and Silver Star
Tri-Rail
MIA Mover
Metrobus

Earlington Heights           Feature parking.svg 11 min December 17, 1984 1,574 Metrobus: 17, 22, 95X, 150 Airport Flyer, 238 East-West Connection
Allapattah           Feature parking.svg 9 min December 17, 1984 1,883 Metrobus: 12, 21, 36, J, 246 Night OWL
Santa Clara           Feature parking.svg 7 min December 17, 1984 747 Metrobus: 12, 21, 32, M, 246 Night Owl
Civic Center           6 min December 17, 1984 6,462 Metrobus: 12, 32, 95X, M, 246 Night OWL
Culmer           4 min December 17, 1984 1,315 Metrobus: 77, 211 Overtown Circulator, 277 NW 7 Av Max
Historic Overtown/Lyric Theatre           2 min May 20, 1984 1,499 Metrobus: 2, 7, 95X, 195 Dade-Broward Express, 211 Overtown Circulator, 243 Seaport Connection
Government Center           0 min May 20, 1984 11,513 Metromover: Downtown, Omni, and Brickell Loops

Metrobus: 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 21, 24, 77, 95x, 51 Flagler MAX, 93 Biscayne MAX, 120 Beach MAX, 195 Dade-Broward Express, 207 Little Havana Connection, 208 Little Havana Connection, 246 Night OWL, 277 NW 7 Ave MAX, 500 Midnight OWL, C, S
Broward County Transit: 95x

Brickell           1 min May 20, 1984 4,106 Metromover: Brickell Loop
Metrobus: 6, 8, 48, B, 248 Brickell Key Shuttle
Vizcaya           Feature parking.svg 4 min May 20, 1984 1,345 Metrobus: 12, 17, 24
Coconut Grove           Feature parking.svg 7 min May 20, 1984 1,836 Metrobus: 6, 22, 27, 249 Coconut Grove Circulator, 500 Midnight OWL
Douglas Road           Free parking 9 min May 20, 1984 4,086 Metrobus: 37, 40, 42, 48, 136, 249 Coconut Grove Circulator, 500 Midnight OWL

Coral Gables Trolley

University           Free parking 12 min May 20, 1984 2,159 Metrobus: 48, 56, 500 Midnight OWL
South Miami           Free parking 14 min May 20, 1984 3,345 Metrobus: 37, 57, 72, 500 Midnight OWL
Dadeland North           Free parking 16 min May 20, 1984 6,388 Metrobus: 52, 87, 88, 104, 204 Killian KAT, 272 Sunset KAT

288 Kendall KAT, 500 Midnight OWL

Dadeland South           Free parking 18 min May 20, 1984 6,994 South Miami-Dade Busway

Metrobus: 31 Busway LOCAL, 34 Busway Flyer, 38 Busway MAX, 52, 73, 136, 252 Coral Reef MAX, 287 Saga Bay MAX, 500 Midnight OWL

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