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Old December 10th, 2011, 07:01 AM   #41
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The station is connected to the airport with a short automated people mover line.

It borders the airport property, just doesn't actually go up to the terminal.
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Old December 10th, 2011, 09:09 AM   #42
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Is the service to airport open yet? The orange line.
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Old December 10th, 2011, 04:57 PM   #43
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The spur to the airport is going to open in spring of next year.

The rental car facility portion and the people mover to the airport terminal have already opened up to the public.
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Old March 29th, 2012, 05:55 AM   #44
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From the beginning, the Miami Metrorail system was designed and envisioned to have more lines than the current single line. The proposed lines included the following:

* The 13.6 mi (21.9 km) Biscayne/Northeast Corridor following U.S. Route 1 (Biscayne Boulevard) from Government Center up to the Broward/Miami-Dade county line in Aventura.
* The 9.5 mi (15.3 km) North Corridor up NW 27 Avenue to the county line.
* The 17.2 mi (27.7 km) East–West Corridor from Government Center west to the Florida International University main campus in University Park, as well as east from Government Center to the Port of Miami.
* The 5.1 mi (8.2 km) BayLink from Historic Overtown/Lyric Theater station to South Beach, Miami Beach.
* The South Link, a 21 mi (34 km) extension of the Green Line from Dadeland South to Florida City,
* The 4.5 mi (7.2 km) Douglas Road extension from Douglas Road station to the Miami Intermodal Center.
* The 15 mi (24 km) (West) Kendall Corridor down Kendall Drive from Dadeland North station west to West Kendall and north to the FIU main campus.
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Old March 29th, 2012, 06:04 AM   #45
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That's 85.9 miles of rail! It's ridiculous how difficult and expensive it is to built metro systems in this country .
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Old March 29th, 2012, 06:11 AM   #46
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Opening line to airport alone hugely improves the Miami Metro system.
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 09:59 PM   #47
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Opening line to airport alone hugely improves the Miami Metro system.
At long last we have a set opening date for Miami Metrorail to the airport :

28 July 2012

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http://www.miami-airport.com/bus_and_rail_info.asp
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Old June 23rd, 2012, 05:11 PM   #48
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Finally!
I will be arriving on Aug, 11. Hope to use already opened Station, that will greatly decrease my transportation time.
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Old June 23rd, 2012, 05:48 PM   #49
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Opening line to airport alone hugely improves the Miami Metro system.
I agree. When building a metro a line to the airport is pretty much a no-brainer.
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Old June 24th, 2012, 12:30 AM   #50
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Once Tri Rail and Amtrak platform is done the intermodal station will really help Miami public transit system. Airport, Intercity, commuter and metro all in one place.

Next step I would think is to extend the metro to Marlins Stadium or Dolphins Stadium?
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Old June 24th, 2012, 08:36 PM   #51
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Once Tri Rail and Amtrak platform is done the intermodal station will really help Miami public transit system. Airport, Intercity, commuter and metro all in one place.

Next step I would think is to extend the metro to Marlins Stadium or Dolphins Stadium?
Extending Metrorail to the Dolphins Stadium / the Broward county line was one of the first extensions Miami had planned on but the Federal Government rejected funding for the 9.5 mile extension TWICE! Without the 50% matching funds from the FEDS it couldn't be built even though the county already has secured the right-of-way.

A extension to the Marlins ballpark would be easier since it's only about a 1.5 mile extension from the current existing line & the the county Government could probably pay for itself just like they did with the new link to the Airport.
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Old July 27th, 2012, 11:46 AM   #52
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Train to plane: Metrorail line to run to Miami International Airport starting Saturday

Metrorail trains will run to Miami International Airport starting Saturday.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/2...rail-line.html

By Alfonso Chardy

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Finally, after a 28-year wait, Metrorail will reach Miami International Airport starting Saturday.

Miami-Dade Transit will open the new Orange Line from Dadeland South Station in Kendall to the new airport station at the giant Miami Intermodal Center just east of the airport. It’ll be the first new Metrorail line since the elevated train system opened in 1984.

“By opening this new line we will be connecting downtown and other areas to the leading economic engine of the county, the airport”, said MDT director Ysela Llort.

Although the train trip from Dadeland South to the airport station will take less than half an hour, passengers will have to muster some patience depending on whether they park their cars at a Metrorail station or take the bus or Metromover. Then the total trip to MIA could run an hour or more.

On Wednesday and Thursday, a reporter simulated a trip to MIA on both Metrorail and by driving from Key Biscayne to the South Miami station, one of three where you will be able to park cars for up to 30 days.

It took about 25 minutes to reach the station from Key Biscayne in rush-hour traffic. Finding a parking space took about two minutes. Waiting for the Orange Line train during rush hour was about 10 minutes. The trip to MIA from South Miami will take about 23 minutes once service starts.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/2...#storylink=cpy
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Old July 27th, 2012, 01:19 PM   #53
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That is just awesome architect. I know that this journey was so hard to me when We go for the picnic, but now it is more comfortable and desirable.
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Old July 27th, 2012, 07:17 PM   #54
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MIA has for some reason become a popular picnic spot for local families.
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Old July 29th, 2012, 10:18 AM   #55
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New Metrorail Orange Line to Miami International Airport opens

Orange Line opens with few passengers, lots of dignitaries — and only a little trouble.
http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/2...-to-miami.html

By Alfonso Chardy and Kristofer Rios
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Sonia Dillon, a visitor who had just arrived from the Dominican Republic, became the first regular passenger to ride on the new Metrorail Orange Line from Miami International Airport to Dadeland South in Kendall.

She got a slice of cake and was welcomed on the train by several high-ranking county officials who also rode on the first train that departed from MIA station minutes after Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez cut the inaugural ribbon and declared the new line open to service.

“Now Miami-Dade joins other great cities like Paris and Tokyo and London in connecting their airports to the urban core,” Gimenez said soon after he used a pair of giant scissors to cut the ribbon strung in front of escalators leading from an airport transit hub to the futuristic new MIA Metrorail station.

It was a historic moment when Dillon, who was carrying two small bags, boarded the first train that departed from the station heading south at 12:02 p.m. Ever since Metrorail opened its first line in 1984, county transit authorities had wanted to add the airport route. But the plan only materialized when county voters 10 years ago approved a half penny sales tax for transportation projects. The line, which took three years to build, was largely funded with tax revenue. About $404.7 million of the $506-million cost came from tax revenue and the rest from the Florida Department of Transportation.

Though the vast majority of passengers on the first train were county and state transportation officials, one of the riders out of the MIA station was Dillon, the first paying passenger. She said she had just arrived on a flight from the Dominican Republic when someone told her there was a ceremony going on at the new Metrorail station and that the first train was about to depart and could take her to her destination in Kendall.

“I’m here to visit some friends who live in Kendall, and when they told me that the train served the Dadeland North station I decided to give it a try,” she said. “Now every time I fly here I’ll take the train. It’s better than paying $40 for a cab.”

After she sat down in one of the cars, someone gave her a slice of the cake in the shape of a Metrorail train that transit officials were serving guests.

The second train that left the station some 30 minutes later was also largely filled with transportation officials. But among them was the second paying passenger, Jacqueline Medina, who had just arrived from Nicaragua to visit relatives in Miami. She was headed for the Vizcaya station.

“This seems better than waiting for the bus that I used to take on previous visits to Miami,” said Medina.

Regular service began after the opening ceremony which went on for almost two hours with speeches by Gimenez, Miami-Dade Transit director Ysela Llort and visiting congressional leaders like Cuban-American Republican Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart and David Rivera.

Toward the end of the ceremony, Ros-Lehtinen, Diaz-Balart and Rivera staged a protest walkout when Gilberto Neves, president and chief executive officer of Odebrecht USA, the project contractor, rose to speak.

Afterward, Ros-Lehtinen told El Nuevo Herald that she and her colleagues walked out because a subsidiary of the parent company is upgrading the Cuban Port of Mariel.

“I’m hopeful that under Mayor Gimenez’s leadership, the taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars will not further flow into the pockets of a company that refuses to sever its economic ties with the blood-soaked Castro regime,” Ros-Lehtinen told El Nuevo Herald after the ceremony. “Along with my congressional colleagues, I walked out in protest of the company’s business dealings with a tyrannical dictator. Using taxpayers’ money to pay companies that deal with Castro’s dictatorship means that Americans are being forced to fund unethical behavior against their will.”

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Toward the end of the ceremony, Ros-Lehtinen, Diaz-Balart and Rivera staged a protest walkout when Gilberto Neves, president and chief executive officer of Odebrecht USA, the project contractor, rose to speak.

Afterward, Ros-Lehtinen told El Nuevo Herald that she and her colleagues walked out because a subsidiary of the parent company is upgrading the Cuban Port of Mariel.
These people need to get over it, it's been 50 + years already.
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Stupid retards. The MIA station looks nice, but is this the last Metro expansion for a long, long time? It's just stupid that Miami blew it's chance to build a comprehensive metro system.
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There are charter flights from MIA to Havana.

Those retards need to keep up with the bitching or they might be voted out by their fellow retards.
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Old August 4th, 2012, 08:09 AM   #59
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More people hop on Tri-Rail buses

ridership doubles since 2010

Shuttle service at stations gets passengers to other destinations



Edgar Sanabria of Hollywood looks for an empty seat on a Tri-Rail shuttle… (Mark Randall, Sun Sentinel )

July 31, 2012|By Angel Streeter, Sun Sentinel

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/201...-bonnie-arnold


BOCA RATON — They were probably one of Tri-Rail's best kept secrets.

Get off the train at any number of stations and there were free Tri-Rail shuttles waiting to take passengers to another destination — a corporate park, shopping center or downtown.

Now, word has gotten out about these mini-bus routes and ridership has spiked. The number of riders taking advantage of these rides increased 54 percent this year compared to last year.

And the number of passengers has more than doubled in the last two years. In 2010, 444,298 people boarded the shuttles. This year, 935,919 got on the 22- to 45-passenger buses.

And more shuttles are coming to Tri-Rail stations. The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, which runs Tri-Rail, plans to launch shuttles in Hollywood by the end of the year and a Boynton Beach shuttle is in the works.

The shuttles have made a difference for passengers such as Giancarlo Fantauzzi, of Pembroke Pines. He gave up his hourlong drive to Boca Raton in March after finding out that a free shuttle from the Boca Raton station would drop him off in front of his office on Military Trail.

"That's why I didn't take the train before," he said. "I didn't know how I would get to work from the Tri-Rail station. When I found out the shuttle was available, that's when I started taking the train."

The transportation authority credits the increased use of the shuttles on several efforts by the agency.

Officials added shuttle services at Opa-locka last year and Lake Worth almost two years ago. On underperforming shuttles, they changed the routes. For instance, shuttles at the Pompano Beach station were re-routed to go to a corporate center. And Cypress Creek station shuttles were re-directed to go to Holy Cross Hospital.

Most importantly, the agency started letting passengers know the shuttles were available and what routes they took.

"Last year, we really marketed them," said Bonnie Arnold, Tri-Rail spokeswoman. "We had an extensive campaign. We had not done that before."
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» The failure of a local sales tax to produce revenues as expected should dampen excitement around the latest extension of Miami’s Metrorail system.

Last week, Georgia voters overwhelmingly denied the passage of the T-SPLOST referendum, which, among other things, would have provided $7.2 billion for transportation over the next ten years to the Atlanta region thanks to income from a 1¢ sales tax. About half of that funding would have gone to public transit operations and expansion; in the city of Atlanta itself, the program would have paid for the beginning of work on the Beltline transit corridor, a light rail line to Emory University, several BRT lines, and a MARTA heavy rail extension. Voters were clearly unconvinced of the value of the transportation investments, were motivated by anti-tax sentiment, and felt that the projects would not benefit them directly. The result may be decades of increasing traffic in the metropolitan area with few new alternatives.

Yet some voters also expressed another concern: That the proposed projects, despite their inclusion in the official list of priorities, would not actually be built. Their sentiments were not necessarily unreasonable. The $7.2 billion supposed to be generated by the tax was an estimate, and if the economy continues to underperform, it’s quite possible that the actual revenues collected could have been much lower. Moreover, the list of transportation priorities was itself based on project cost estimates, which, if you know anything about U.S. construction projects, are liable to increase wildly.

If anyone was paying attention to Miami, they might be especially skeptical of the tax’s value. There, voters passed a 1/2¢ sales tax increase in 2002 by a huge margin. They were promised an enormous expansion of rail transit service, with dozens of miles of new lines shooting out of the existing Metrorail system in virtually every direction. What they got in reality, however, was one project: The 2.4-mile, one-stop Orange Line extension to the Airport, which opened last weekend at a cost of $506 million. No other rail service is expected to be funded before 2035.

Nonetheless, the Airport extension, which will bring downtown Miami within a 15-minute trip of the airport, is an impressive addition to the city’s transit network. The terminus at the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) is a beautiful feat of steel, concrete, and glass. By next year, the $2 billion MIC will allow for connections between Metrorail, Amtrak, Greyhound, rental cars, seven bus routes, and the region’s commuter Tri-Rail line. An automated people mover called MIA Mover already connects the complex to the terminals.


Miami’s Metrorail system, showing 2.4-mile extension to the airport and new Orange Line. Ridership in the southern part of the system is higher, so doubling service to the south is a reasonable decision. Source: Miami-Dade County. Read a critique of the new map from Cameron Booth.

The MIC station is expected to see 7,500 daily riders on Metrorail, a huge increase over the 66,000 daily riders currently recorded on the system’s 24.4 miles, according to APTA (up from about 45,000 a day in the late 1990s). Ridership on the system has been increasing relatively steadily since it opened in 1984, unsurprisingly considering the city’s growth during that period. Since 2000 population increase has been particularly quick, with the city now housing more than 408,000 people, a more than 10% increase over the past decade. Miami’s population density of more than 12,000 people per mile is now about the same as Chicago’s.

Thus the argument back in 2002 that something needed to be done to significantly improve the rail system. The People’s Transportation Plan, as it was known, was supposed to have raised $17 billion over 25 years, enough to guarantee the completion of a 10.6 east-west Metrorail corridor and 9.5-mile north corridor by 2016.

Several problems arose. The North Corridor, originally supposed to be the first project completed, repeatedly received poor ratings from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) thanks to low ridership estimates and poor management on the part of Miami-Dade transit. The FTA would have to contribute a significant portion of the project’s cost for it to be funded. At the same time, its projected price tag increased from $515 million to $1.63 billion. Similar problems plagued the East-West Corridor, of which the Airport Link was supposed to be the first phase. Indeed, the cost of this project doubled since initial estimates.

Meanwhile, the beginnings of the recession (which hurt Florida particularly badly) led to a decline in tax revenues. And the system, whose finances had been incorrectly tabulated in previous years, spent far more than expected on operating deficits and a new headquarters, leaving only the $400 million in local funding for the airport line.

By 2010, a partial expansion of bus service was basically entirely reversed, the other rail projects simply do not exist according to the Miami-Dade website, and the only improvements to the North Corridor have been in the form of an improved bus line.

Just as problematic, even when hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in new transit capital, the system has had trouble providing the services that an effective public transportation network is supposed to offer. While Metrorail service has been increased slightly to provide for a distribution of 10-minute peak services on the two branches (the Orange Line to the airport and the Green Line to Palmetto, the other, older terminus), at nights and weekends, trains will leave the airport only every 30 minutes. Nobody should be expected to wait half an hour for a train at the airport when arriving on Saturday at midday. And fewer people will ride as a result. How could the funding for this essential purpose not be available?

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