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Old August 8th, 2012, 08:09 AM   #61
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^ thanks for the article desertpunk. Miami has had issues since the transit tax was imposed a decade ago starting with the North corridor which would have extended for 9.5 miles/15.3 Km north of the Dr. King station all the way to the Broward County ( Ft. Lauderdale metro) line. The reason this was chosen first is because the county already owns the right-of-way & environmental impact studies are complete.
However the Federal Government turned it down twice even though it would serve the largest campus of the Miami Dade college with tens of thousand of students, another connection to the Tri-Rail commuter line and would wind up where the Miami Dolphins stadium is and serve many residents from Broward county as well.

The East-West corridor still doesn't have the property assembled needed to even begin planning for it &the "BayLink" line which was supposed to connect Metrorail to South Beach was rejected by the former Mayor of Miami Beach a few years ago even though around 70% of the voters on the beach supported the transit tax.

As for a decrease in bus service the article left out that the Feds came in and Audited the financial books of the transit agency and they suspended Federal grant money for almost 2 years forcing the agency to cut back on bus service as well!
Throw in the recession as well and it's been hellish for the agency to say the least but at least they got this line to the Airport open.
By the way the article is off saying that it's going to take 30 minutes to wait for a train at the Airport!
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By the way the article is off saying that it's going to take 30 minutes to wait for a train at the Airport!
Take a look at the Metrorail schedule for nights and weekends (http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/rai...les_entire.asp) and you might even discover that the one who is "off" is you!
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Old August 8th, 2012, 09:53 PM   #63
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^ yes you are correct and I was off!
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Old September 17th, 2012, 11:40 PM   #64
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New Metrorail line popular with airport travelers

While it’s easier to get to and from MIA now, some regular commuters complain it has put the squeeze on regular service.

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Caroline Junco and her boyfriend, Gustavo Ugarte, who had just arrived from Peru, found the Metrorail station at Miami International Airport and boarded the train waiting at the platform, along with their bulging suitcases.

Although they had never used Metrorail before, the couple knew what to do because a friend had recommended taking the train as they completed their journey to West Palm Beach.

“She told us it was cheaper to use the train,” said Ugarte, who works for a car dealership in Lima and was traveling with Junco, who runs a women’s clothing firm in the Peruvian capital.

Junco and Ugarte are the typical passengers of the new airport Metrorail route that began service on July 28 — the first new line to be inaugurated since the elevated trains began rolling in 1984.

Many of the passengers using the new route are international travelers like Junco and Ugarte, who flew to the United States for the wedding of their friend, Pamela Gallegos, in West Palm Beach.

They boarded Metrorail at the airport station then switched to another line at the Earlington Heights Station to reach the Tri-Rail connection.

Other travelers who use the MIA line are passengers like Pablo Rueda, a Spanish businessman who came from San Jose, Costa Rica, en route to Madrid and had a few hours to kill before boarding his next flight.

“I landed from San Jose and now I’m going to Madrid, but I took a few hours to go for a walk through downtown Miami,” Rueda at the MIA station. “Very convenient.”

Others have a specific goal at MIA. Mike Dwiggins had rented a car and had just returned it at MIA.

“I took Metrorail to the airport because it’s cheaper than a cab, only $2,” said Dwiggins. “The service is excellent.”

Still others who use the route are persons accompanying friends or relatives who are leaving on flights from MIA, and airport employees.

The new service has yet to draw large crowds, but it seems to be gaining popularity — at least among those who rely on it. According to figures supplied by Miami-Dade Transit, an average of about 1,750 riders pass through its MIA station on weekdays.

There have been a few complaints.

Some passengers who generally use only the original Green Line from Dadeland to the Palmetto station near the Palmetto Expressway in Northwest Miami-Dade said that after the MIA Orange Line service began, the Green Line trains were overloaded at peak times because they had been shortened to four cars from six.

Karla Damian, a Miami-Dade Transit spokeswoman, said the trains were shortened because the agency had to equip the new route with existing cars.

Damian said that while trains were shortened, the agency increased the frequency of service between Dadeland South and Earlington Heights. For example, she said, during weekday peak hours the trains’ frequency increased to every five minutes from the previous 10.

“In order to provide this service and the increased frequency, we had to shorten trains to four cars instead of six cars,” she said.

“At the same time, the department has under observation the use of cars to make sure they do not overfill” she added.

Metrorail cars will be replaced eventually under a contract with the Italian company AnsaldoBreda recommended recently by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. The company underbid the next-best offer by about $5 million, according to county officials.

The total contract price is estimated at $313 million.

On Thursday, when a photographer and a reporter from El Nuevo Herald traveled on different trains, cars during the evening rush were full but not overloaded.

“That probably happened just after the new route began,” said Wendy Smith, a passenger interviewed at the Government Center station in downtown Miami. “But they cars are not as overloaded now.”

Another passenger, however, said the number of passengers had remained the same.

“For me there is no change,” said Michael Ukwendu. “What is happening now is that the trains run more frequently and thus the service is more efficient because they do not have to wait as much between trains.”

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^ diablo234 thanks for posting the above article. The first two passengers from Peru won't have to make a double transfer on Metrorail when the new Tri-Rail commuter station that goes to West Palm Beach opens right next to the new Metrorail station in about a year. They will just dismembark at the Inter-modal center and by pass the Metrorail station then board a train at the Tri-Rail station to W. Palm Beach.
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Old December 16th, 2012, 12:50 AM   #66
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Old December 16th, 2012, 04:59 AM   #67
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Are people really supposed to walk up all those stairs? It looks like its 6 stories tall?
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Old December 16th, 2012, 07:26 AM   #68
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I see Miami went with the lowest bidder with their new railcars, let's see how those hold up in 25 years after minimal maintainence
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Old December 16th, 2012, 09:19 AM   #69
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I wonder how South Florida would been shaped if they built up the Metro system they original planned.
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Old December 19th, 2012, 01:34 AM   #70
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I see Miami went with the lowest bidder with their new railcars, let's see how those hold up in 25 years after minimal maintainence
I was gonna say, I just read on the Dutch HSR thread about the problem rate with the AnsaldoBreda rolling stock. Oi. Can't say I think they're very pretty cars, either.
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Old December 19th, 2012, 04:05 AM   #71
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I was gonna say, I just read on the Dutch HSR thread about the problem rate with the AnsaldoBreda rolling stock. Oi. Can't say I think they're very pretty cars, either.
Pretty rolling stock is the least thing Miami cares about. I think they would like some new lines before they start worrying about how 'cute' their trains look.
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Old December 19th, 2012, 04:09 AM   #72
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I like the tunnel in the first pic. Something tells me Miami has no underground sections.
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Pretty rolling stock is the least thing Miami cares about. I think they would like some new lines before they start worrying about how 'cute' their trains look.
Just saying, if you're going to buy trains from a company that isn't known to be good at making them, at least make them pretty trains.
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Those stairs are way too long. Maybe an escalator will go there?
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Those stairs are way too long. Maybe an escalator will go there?
Well they did leave some extra space on that column so I think they are going to place an escalator there at some point.
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The Government Center station has an unused and partially completed ghost platform for an unbuilt East-West Metrorail line adjacent to the third level (the mezzanine level) below the current Metrorail Station.
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Metro alongside the massive Brickell CityCentre megadevelopment:

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