South Florida Regional Transportation Authority Tri-Rail’s new Miami Airport Station (MIA) in the US has opened for revenue service, offering immediate connectivity to the airport through a short ride on the MIA Mover.
Launched after nearly four years of construction, MIA is part of the Miami Central Station at the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC), a $2bn transportation hub that brings all major transportation services under one roof at the airport.
Commenting on the launch of MIA, Tri-Rail chair commissioner Bruno Barreiro said: "This is another significant milestone, which is symbolic of our vital role to connect South Florida to the world.
"Our loyal passengers, plus the thousands of new riders that we anticipate to travel in and out of Miami International Airport, will greatly enjoy this state-of-the art facility that we expect will become an international transit hub of which we can all be proud."
As part of this development, Tri-Rail’s schedule will be slightly adjusted to include the additional stop, which will return to being the southernmost station on the 72-mile rail corridor.
The route also includes a stop at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, the other major airport in the region.
South Florida Regional Transportation Authority spokeswoman Bonnie Arnold was quoted by Miami Herald as saying: "The key is connecting the airport to all forms of transportation.
"A world-class city needs a world-class transportation hub at its gateway. We’re finally getting there."
The former airport station in Miami was closed in 2011 for the construction of the MIC, according to Miami Herald.