MIAMI—One of the most expensive and complex transportation projects currently under construction in South Florida will be finished this year: the Metrorail extension to Miami International Airport.
The new line of the elevated train, from Earlington Heights Station to a new public transportation center under construction just east of the airport, will be in operation in the spring. It will be formally called AirportLink and is the first significant Metrorail extension since the system was inaugurated in 1984.
"AirportLink will provide a fast, reliable Metrorail link to MIA for millions of residents, visitors and employees who travel to and from MIA every year," a Miami-Dade Transit press release said. "With this project, Miami-Dade joins the ranks of the great urban zones in the world with fast public transportation systems connecting to their airports."
The extension to the airport is 2.4 miles between Earlington Heights Station and the public transportation center known as the Miami Intermodal Center east of MIA, which will include Metrorail, Metrobus and Tri-Rail services, as well as taxis and national train services such as Amtrak. The intermodal center is expected to open to the public in 2013.
It only took 28 years. But now with the newly-opened MIA Mover linking the Intermodal Center directly to the terminals, trips via Metrorail or Tri-Rail will be a breeze. (The Tri-Rail station will reopen later in the future.)