Friday, July 27, 2012

Miami Metrorail airport link set to open

Written by  Luther S. Miller, Senior Consulting Editor

Sunday's official coming of Metrorail service to the Miami Intermodal Center will integrate Miami-Dade County's rapid transit system with Miami International Airport.

The airport link allows residents and tourists to board the system at any of 22 downtown and suburban stations and ravel to the intermodal center adjacent to the airport, where they may board an automated rail shuttle to the terminals.

The new Miami International Airport Metrorail Station and Orange Line Service is an elevated 2.4-mile spur built by a joint venture of Odebrecht and OHL at a cost of $360 million.

"Moving people is what we are all about, and we have now reached the day when our passengers can move seamlessly between various forms of ground transportation, mass transit and air travel," said José Abreu, director of the county's Aviation Department that operates MIA.

The MIC is being called Greater Miami's "Grand Central Station." Constructed and managed by the Florida Department of Transportation, it is the southern terminus of South Florida's three-county Tri-Rail regional passenger train service, hosts MIA Metrorail Station and MIA Mover, and consolidates all of the airport's rental-car activities. The MIC will also be a central transfer point to Amtrak, Greyhound, tour buses, and taxicabs.