Tri-Rail's New Miami Station Off To Rocky Start

Apr 7, 2015

Credit Hector Gabino / Miami Herald

The launch to Tri-Rail's new stop at the Miami International Airport was off to a rocky launch last week.

The new station eliminates the need to travel by shuttle from the Hialeah station to get to the airport, saving passengers about 20 minutes. But some passengers who expected a short trip to the airport, experienced delays of up to an hour.

South Florida Regional Transportation Authority spokesperson Bonnie Arnold says the issue came from Tri-Rail running its own dispatch and maintenance of the track. It was formerly run by CSX Transportation in Jacksonville.

“There were some signal problems," Arnold said. "There were some communications issues between the dispatcher and the operation center.” 

Arnold said she hasn’t heard any more complaints about the trains being late.

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