The Florida Department of Transportation’s Miami Intermodal Center is scheduled for completion in 2013. The project’s final component, Miami Central Station, covers 16.5 acres and is scheduled to open in early 2014. It will join the Miami Rental Car Center and the Miami International Airport (MIA) Mover (completed in 2010 and 2011, respectively) to bring travellers a wealth of new options in the area.
The linking of the Intermodal Center to MIA via a rapid-transit system is seen to herald a new era of consolidated, modernised infrastructure and connectivity for Miami-Dade County – developments largely thanks to construction work carried out by Odebrecht USA and its Partners. The Central Station will connect passengers with services including Amtrak, taxis, Greyhound, heavy rail to Palm Beach, Broward ans Miami-Dade, Tri-Rail and Miami Dade Transit’s Metrobus.
The director of the Miami-Dade’s Aviation Department, José Abreu, said: “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.” The new MIA Orange Line Service and Metrorail Station, operated by the Aviation Department, boasts a 2.5 mile-long elevated spur constructed by a joint-venture between OHL and Odebrecht. The project cost $360m.
Atkins served as engineering and architectural consultants for the Metrorail project. A 20.5 mile aerial heavy rail system including 20 stations comprised the first stage of the system. Ultimately, the network will be 50 miles long, and will offer feeder bus and direct rail services to all 1.5m Miami-Dade residents.