(MIAMI, May 21, 2013) – The construction of Metrorail’s extension to the new Miami International Airport Metrorail Station, known as the AirportLink Metrorail project, recently was recognized among the world’s best engineering projects.
Engineering News-Record magazine, a leading magazine in the engineering industry, recently announced the winning projects of its inaugural Global Best Projects contest.
Twenty-one projects earned honors. Only five projects from the 21 selected are from the United States, including three Miami projects - AirportLink, MIA Mover, and the MIA North Terminal Development Program, which are all associated with Miami International Airport.
“With its unique and functional design, the MIA Station is truly an engineering showpiece, and we are incredibly proud that this project is being recognized among the best in the world,” said Miami-Dade Transit Director Ysela Llort.
The AirportLink Metrorail project, which was submitted by the project’s construction companies – Odebrecht-OHL Joint Venture, earned a merit award in the rail category.
MIA’s North Terminal Program took top honors in the Airports/Ports category, and the MIA Mover project — previously the winner of ENR's inaugural safety award for its Best of the Best contest — won an award of merit in the rail category.
Major cities represented among the cities with winning projects included London, Beijing, Johannesburg, Vancouver, as well as New York, New Orleans and, as mentioned above, Miami.
On July 28, 2012, Miami-Dade County inaugurated its Orange Line Metrorail service to MIA. Since then, ridership to and from the MIA Station has been steadily growing, with approximately 2,300 boardings and alightings on weekdays.
For more information about MDT’s new MIA Station and Metrorail service to the airport, the public can visit www.miamidade.gov/transit (on mobile devices, www.miamidade.transit/mobile). For information about MIA, the public can go to www.miami-airport.com. The public also can call 3-1-1, Monday - Friday, from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., and on Saturday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Closed on Sundays and during County-observed holidays.