For a period of 48 hours, between Tuesday, June 26, 2012 and Wednesday, June 27, Miami-Dade Transit will be testing equipment on the newly built Metrorail extension to its new station next to Miami International Airport.
This is pre-service testing before MDT provides Orange Line service to the new Miami International Airport Metrorail station starting the afternoon of Saturday, July 28, 2012.
Once the new extension to MIA opens, Metrorail will have two Metrorail lines:
- The Green Line: the existing Metrorail line serving 22 stations, from Palmetto Station to Dadeland South Station.
- The Orange Line: the new Metrorail extension that serves 16 stations from Dadeland South to the new MIA Metrorail Station. (Please see diagram below)
During the two days of testing, June 26th-27th, passengers will see four-car trains approaching their station. The trains will be labeled and announced as:
- Green Line trains
- Orange Line trains
Northbound Orange Line trains will make stops at all stations between Dadeland South and Earlington Heights stations. Passengers boarding Orange Line trains during these two days of testing will need to transfer to a Green Line train at the Earlington Heights Station if they wish to continue traveling north. Transit supervisors will be at Earlington Heights station to assist passengers.
Passengers are encouraged to listen carefully to the announcements made by the Train Operators and look closely at the front and side windows of the approaching train to know whether they are boarding a Green or Orange Line train.
Because MDT will be using four-car trains, passengers are encouraged to listen to instructions from Transit personnel who will provide guidance as to where to wait for the trains.
Orange Line trains also will have destination signs displaying ‘airport.’ However, this is part of the testing, and trains will not carry passengers to the new MIA Station until July 28th.
Since there will now be two Metrorail lines (Orange and Green) running on the same track, patrons will enjoy more frequent service at stations between Dadeland South and Earlington Heights stations. For instance, during morning and afternoon rush hours, passengers will see Metrorail trains arriving at approximately every five minutes.
For more information, call 305-891-3131, weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. TTY users can call 305-499-8971. Transit users are also encouraged to visit www.miamidade.gov/transit.