The expansion of Tri-Rail commuter service onto the Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) corridor has been sought for decades. These efforts have evolved into the proposed Tri-Rail Coastal Link project, which would integrate the existing Tri-Rail service with new service on the FECR corridor between downtown Miami and Jupiter. While the ultimate project is still being studied and pursued, there is an exciting opportunity to extend current Tri-Rail service to downtown Miami.
"MiamiCentral" will serve as downtown Miami's multimod-al hub, providing connections to All Aboard Florida (AAF), Tri-Rail, the existing Miami-Dade County bus system, Metrorail, and Metromover. The imminent construction of AAF's world-class MiamiCentral station has led to this exciting opportunity. Commuter service could quickly begin, with a day one ridership estimate of 2,000 per day.
Fast implementation with service as early as December 2017
Opportunity to provide 26 direct trains per weekday from all points north on the existing Tri-Rail system
Smart investment in Downtown Miami's transportation and economic future
Public funds leverage private investment, free land and free rail road access, but requires a public funding commitment of $68.9 million
Public Private Partnership
The Tri-Rail Downtown Miami Link would provide a cost-effective and strategic transit solution for Miami-Dade. New service is possible by leveraging All Aboard Florida's private rail and station investment, along with the recent USDOT TIGER grant for the South Florida Rail Corridor freight
connections, quiet zone funds provided by the Miami-Dade
Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the region's previous investment in the Tri-Rail system. To leverage this private investment in Downtown Miami, the public is being asked to participate in the incremental construction costs for the MiamiCentral Station and new rail infrastructure to support the Tri-Rail Downtown Miami Extension.
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.