(MIAMI, July 19, 2012) – In preparation for the grand opening of the new Miami International Airport Metrorail station on July 28, 2012, Miami-Dade Transit will be conducting additional Orange Line testing beginning Sunday, July 22.
The new MIA Metrorail station is located just east of Miami International Airport.
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 six days of testing,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 will need to transfer to a Green Line train at the Earlington Heights Station to continue traveling north. This is because trains will not be able to carry passengers to the new MIA Station until July 28th. Transit supervisors will be at Earlington Heights Station to assist passengers making the transfers from the Orange Line to the Green Line trains.
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 stand closer to center of the platform for easier boarding.
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 weekday morning and afternoon rush hours, passengers will see Metrorail trains arriving at approximately every five minutes; and at approximately every 15 minutes during weekends, making it more convenient for passengers to take a train ride to Brickell, downtown Miami or other areas Metrorail travels through.
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.