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The New MIA Metrorail Station and Orange Line Service

In May 2009, Miami-Dade County broke ground on a 2.4-mile extension of Metrorail that runs from the existing Earlington Heights station to the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC), which is under construction next to Miami International Airport (MIA).

The new MIA Metrorail Station and Orange Line Service is considered the centerpiece of the People's Transportation Plan (PTP) , approved by Miami-Dade voters in 2002. The bulk of the funding for the $506 million project came from the PTP half-penny tax, with the Florida Department of Transportation contributing $101.3 million.

This new service provides a fast, reliable Metrorail connection to MIA for the millions of residents, visitors and employees who travel to and from MIA every year. With this project, Miami-Dade County joins the ranks of major metropolitan areas around the world with rapid transit connections to their airports.

Project Description

  • Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) – Earlington Heights Connector MapThe Orange Line refers to the 2.4-mile elevated Metrorail extension from the Earlington Heights Station to the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) next to Miami International Airport (MIA). This Miami-Dade Transit project includes the new MIA Metrorail Station, a multi-level structure featuring landscaping, an entry plaza and other passenger amenities.
  • The MIC is a major centralized transportation hub currently being developed by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Once completed, the MIC will provide  seamless access to all modes of transportation, including Metrobus, Metrorail, Tri-Rail, Amtrak, Greyhound, tour buses, taxi cabs and rental cars. An automated people mover will connect the MIC to the airport. The MIA Mover (an automated people mover unveiled in 2011) connects the MIC’s Metrobus and Metrorail to the MIA terminal.
  • The Orange Line Service provides residents and visitors with direct Metrorail access to MIA. With this project, Miami-Dade County joins the ranks of major metropolitan areas around the world with rapid transit connections to their airports.
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Time Line

Construction began in spring 2009 and the new MIA Metrorail station and the Orange Line service were inaugurated July 28, 2012.

The total cost was $506 million. Funding for the project includes $404.7 million from the People’s Transportation Plan (PTP) half-penny sales tax and $101.3 million from Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

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Alignment

Orange Line service runs west from the existing Earlington Heights Station over NW 27 Ave., parallel to State Road (SR) 112, turning south just west of NW 37 Ave.  The Orange Line crosses over the Miami River, just east of the South Florida Rail Corridor Bridge, continuing south until it terminates at the elevated multilevel MIA Metrorail Station just east of the MIC’s rental car facility.

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