Tri-Rail Downtown Miami Link




Project Description

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA), in coordination with multiple partners, is extending Tri-Rail commuter rail service to provide new direct service from Tri-Rail's northern most station at Mangonia Park in Palm Beach County to its southern most station in Miami Dade County at the "MiamiCentral Station" in Downtown Miami. The 9.05 mile extension, known as Tri-Rail Downtown Miami Link (TRDML), would provide a new one-seat ride passenger service link from the South Florida Rail Corridor (SFRC) at Tri-Rail Metrorail Transfer Station to the Florida East Coast (FEC) railway corridor, into Downtown Miami.

Public Private Partnership

All Aboard Florida (AAF) is constructing an express passenger rail project known as Brightline. The construction will include the Miami Central Station which will serve as Downtown Miami's multimodal hub, providing connections to Brightline, Tri-Rail, the existing Miami-Dade County bus system, Metrorail, and Metromover.

Project Benefits

Improve rail mobility in the South Florida region

Provide enhanced connectivity to existing Tri-Rail Service and Downtown Miami Central Business District

A one seat ride into Downtown Miami

Smart Investment in Downtown Miami’s Transportation and Economic Future

Public funds leverage private investments

TRDML will provide a cost effective and strategic transit solution for Miami-Dade County. The new service will leverage AAF express train service and station investment, together with the recent US DOT TIGER grant for the needed SFRC connections to the FEC railway corridor; quiet zone funds provided by the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization (TPO); and the region's previous investment in the Tri-Rail system. The key to this leveraging is a local investment of $70 million by the public for incremental construction costs by the public partners for the MiamiCentral Station, to accommodate Tri-Rail trains and new rail infrastructure to support the extension into Downtown Miami.

Tri-rail commuter rail service into "Miami Central" is expected to begin in early 2018, with first day ridership estimates of approximately 2,000 trips per day.

Tri-Rail Downtown Miami Link (TRDML) Environmental Technical Analysis

The TRDML Environmental Technical Analysis is now available for review. If you have any comments or questions about the project, please contact Barbara Handrahan, SFRTA in writing at handrahanb@sfrta.fl.gov.

The 30 day comment period is December 5, 2017 to January 5, 2018.

Tri-Rail Downtown Miami Link (TRDML) Environmental Technical Analysis. (PDF)

Preliminary Service Plan


 

Take the tour of Tri-Rail's Downtown Miami Link route through this Google Earth simulation. The route begins just south of the Metrorail Transfer Station, where Tri-Rail trains will access the FEC tracks via the IRIS connection. The route terminates at MiamiCentral Station, which is currently under construction. The area where MiamiCentral will be located is highlighted in orange.