In a much-anticipated announcement, the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) revealed on Friday that Tri-Rail’s extended service into the MiamiCentral station will commence on January 13. This development offers travelers a new and convenient option for reaching downtown Miami. Raquel Regalado, a Miami-Dade Commissioner and governing board member of the SFRTA, expressed her delight, stating that after years of hard work and collaboration with various partners in the region, the public can now plan direct trips to and from Downtown Miami on Tri-Rail trains.
To facilitate this new service, the SFRTA plans to introduce a train-to-train transfer at the Metrorail transfer station in Hialeah. From there, a shuttle train will emerge from the South Florida Rail Corridor (SFRC) and travel into the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway, providing a direct route to MiamiCentral and back. The service will initially soft launch on January 13, featuring six trains departing from and arriving at MiamiCentral. Over time, the schedule will be expanded, ultimately offering 26 weekday trains, with 13 inbound and 13 outbound trains.
Regalado acknowledged the challenges faced by the SFRTA during the realization of this project and commended the board for its unwavering commitment to completing it. She emphasized the board’s determination and sense of urgency, which played a vital role in ensuring the project’s success.
The new Tri-Rail service will be available seven days a week, including holidays. In order to enhance the customer experience, MiamiCentral will be staffed with Tri-Rail customer experience specialists, who will assist passengers with their travels. This additional support aims to provide a seamless and enjoyable journey for all those utilizing the new connecting service.
It is worth noting that another transportation option for South Florida travelers is Brightline, which has been offering train service to downtown Miami since 2018. With the introduction of Tri-Rail’s expanded service, travelers now have even more choices when planning their trips to downtown Miami, enhancing mobility and connectivity within the region.