- Miami Central Station
Miami Central Station
Amtrak intercity train station
Metrorail metro station
Tri-Rail commuter rail station
Frontage of the station showing the new Metrorail platforms, June 2011
Station statistics Address 3797 NW 21st Street
Grapeland Heights, Miami, Florida
Coordinates Coordinates: Lines Amtrak: (2013):Silver Star
Metrorail: (April 2012)
Connections Miami International Airport via MIA Mover
Metrobus: 37, 42, 57, J (110), 133, 150 and 238
Ground floor: Amtrak, Tri-Rail, Metrobus and Greyhound Lines
Upper level: Metrorail and MIA Mover
Platforms Platforms 1–4: Ground cross-platform interchange (Amtrak and Tri-Rail)
Platforms 5 & 6: Elevated island platform (Metrorail and MIA Mover)
Tracks 8 Parking Multi-story parking garage Bicycle facilities Bicycle parking on ground level Other information Opened April 30, 2012 (expected) Accessible Owned by FDOT Fare zone Miami Central to Golden Glades (Tri-Rail) Traffic Passengers (2012, proj.) 150,000 (daily) 0% Services Preceding station Amtrak Following station Terminus Silver Startoward New York City Silver Meteor Metrorail Terminus Orange Line (2012)toward Dadeland South SFRTA Terminus Tri-Railtoward Mangonia Park
Miami Central Station, also called Miami Airport Station, is a rapid transit, commuter rail, intercity rail, and intercity bus union station currently under construction in Miami, Florida, United States, in the Grapeland Heights neighborhood.
The station is just south and east of the Miami River and Miami International Airport (MIA), respectively, and adjacent to the Airport Expressway (SR 112) on North Douglas Road (West 37th Avenue). When completed, it will serve Amtrak, Tri-Rail, Metrorail, and Metrobus, and will provide a people mover connection to the airport via the MIA Mover.
Phase I of the station, which involves the construction of the MIA Mover, Metrobus terminal, and Metrorail concourse, is scheduled to open in April 2012. Phase II, which entails construction of the Tri-Rail and Amtrak concourse, is scheduled for completion and opening in mid 2013. The intermodal rail station, a part of the greater Miami Intermodal Center at MIA, is expected to be among the busiest passenger stations in Florida and the Southeast upon completion.
Intercity passenger rail service service into Miami began in April 1896 with the arrival of the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) at the new southern terminus in downtown, just east of the current site of Government Center station. Service between New York operated in conjunction with both the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and the Seaboard Air Line Railway from Jacksonville. In January 1927, the Seaboard Air Line Railway commenced service on its newly completed extension to Miami, with the Orange Blossom Special arriving at Seaboard's terminal in Allapattah two miles north of downtown.
Passenger service on the FEC was halted by a strike in January 1963, and the FEC downtown station was demolished that November. Seaboard, however, continued providing passenger service to its terminal via the streamlined Silver Meteor and other trains. Amtrak took over Seaboard's passenger routes in 1971, continuing to provide service to the Seaboard terminal.
In 1977, Amtrak determined it could not maintain the decaying Allapattah terminal, which also posed logistical problems for passenger coach maintenance, and moved the Miami terminus to its current location at the Seaboard passenger coach yards near Hialeah. The new Miami Central Station is located six miles south of the current Amtrak station, on a mile-long spur that branches south off of the beginning of the Seaboard (now CSX) Homestead extension near the Miami River.
Construction of the facility began on May 18, 2011, but the ceremonial groundbreaking did not take place until September 27.
Southbound Tri-Rail service terminated at the modern-day Hialeah Market in 1987. The current station opened in April 1998 at the present site of Central Station. It is currently the southern terminus of the Tri-Rail system.
On September 12, 2011, Tri-Rail service to the site was suspended for approximately two years to facilitate construction of the new station, with Hialeah Market becoming the temporary southern terminus for Tri-Rail. Shuttle buses will take passengers from the Hialeah Market station to the Miami airport, with two trains per day stopping further North at the Metrorail transfer station (with accompanying shuttles) instead. 
Places of interest
- Miami International Airport
- Miami Intermodal Center
- City of Doral
- City of Miami Springs
- Melreese Golf Course
- Grapeland Heights Park
Existing routes serving the site when completed
NOTE: As of Sept. 2011, this station is closed to finish construction of the Intermodal Complex.
Route # Route Name Route Map Note 37 South Miami Metrorail station ↔ Hialeah via Douglas Rd & Palm Ave Map 42 Douglas Road Metrorail station ↔ Opa-locka or Miami Springs (42A) via LeJeune Rd Map Evening weekday terminus at MIA 57 Jackson South Hospital via Red Rd (SR 959) and Perimeter Rd Map Weekday service only J (110) Miami Beach via Julia Tuttle Cswy, 36 St & LeJeune Rd Map 133 Airport/Tri-Rail Shuttle (MIA ↔ Hialeah Market Tri-Rail station or NW 79th Street/37th Ave Map To be discontinued when station is reopened. 150 Airport Flyer (MIA ↔ Lincoln Road, Miami Beach via the Airport Expressway, Julia Tuttle Causeway, and Collins Avenue) Map 238 East-West Connection (Dolphin Mall ↔ Earlington Heights station) Map Weekday service only
New service upon Central Station completion
Route # Route Name Route Map Note 6 Coconut Grove Metrorail station ↔ Central Station via Downtown Miami and Brickell Map 7M Culmer Metrorail station ↔ Central Station via NW 7th Street and Marlins Ballpark Map 97 27th Ave MAX Central Station ↔ Calder Race Track/Dolphin Stadium and County Line via NW 27th Ave Weekdays Only 836X West Miami-Dade ↔ Downtown Miami via Central Station and Dolphin Expressway (SR 836) Weekday rush hour service; limited-stop
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- MIC – Airport/Miami Central Station
- MDT – Orange Line/AirportLink Metrorail Extension Project
Greater Miami CBD Urban centers Major thoroughfaresNorth 36th Street · North 79th Street · North 103rd Street · North 125th Street · West 7th Avenue · West 27th Avenue · West 107th Avenue · Allapattah Road · Alton Road · Bird Road · Biscayne Boulevard · Collins Avenue · Coral Reef Drive · Coral Way · County Line Road · Flagler Street · Galloway Road · Gratigny · Ives Dairy Road · Julia Tuttle Causeway · Kendall Drive · Killian · Krome Avenue · William H. Lehman Causeway · LeJeune Road · Ludlam Road · MacArthur Causeway · Miami Avenue · Miami Gardens Drive · Milam Dairy Road · Miracle Mile · Ocean Drive · Okeechobee Road · Old Cutler Road · Port Boulevard · Red Road · Rickenbacker Causeway · South Dixie Highway · Sunset Drive · Tamiami Trail · Venetian Causeway Colleges and universities Parks and recreationAmelia Earhart Park · Arch Creek · The Barnacle Historic State Park · Bayfront Park · Bicentennial Park · Big Cypress National Preserve · Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park · Biscayne National Park · Chapman Field Park · Crandon Park · Dinner Key · Everglades National Park · Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden · Fort Dallas · Fruit and Spice Park · Greynolds Park · Haulover Park · The Kampong · Matheson Hammock Park · Oleta River State Park · Peacock Park · Shark Valley · South Pointe Park · Tamiami Park · Tropical Park · Virginia Key · Zoo Miami Major districts and attractionsAdrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts · American Airlines Arena · Boca Chita Key Historic District · Coral Castle · Design District · Downtown Miami Historic District · Jungle Island · Lummus Park · Homestead Historic Downtown District · MacFarlane Homestead District · Miami Art Deco District · Miami Seaquarium · Monkey Jungle · Normandy Isles Historic District · North Shore Historic District · Miami Riverwalk · South Beach · Villa Vizcaya Major shopping centersAventura Mall · Bal Harbour Shops · Bayside Marketplace · CocoWalk · Dadeland Mall · Dadeland Station · Dolphin Mall · The Falls · Lincoln Road Mall · The Mall at 163rd Street · Mall of the Americas · Mary Brickell Village · Metrofare Shops & Cafe · Miami International Mall · Miracle Marketplace · The Shops at Sunset Place · Southland Mall · Village of Merrick Park · Westland Mall Primary modes of transport
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