8303 NW 37th Avenue Miami, FL 33147
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|Parking Lot Ownership||Amtrak|
|Track Ownership||Florida Department of Transportation|
|150 Long Term Parking Spaces||ATM||Accessible Payphones|
|Accessible Platform||Accessible Restrooms||Accessible Ticket Office|
|Accessible Waiting Room||Accessible Water Fountain||Baggage Storage|
|Bike Boxes||Checked Baggage||Dedicated Parking|
|Enclosed Waiting Area||Help With Luggage||Pay Phones|
|Quik Trak Kiosk||Restrooms||Shipping Boxes|
|Short Term Parking Spaces||Ticket Office||Wheelchair|
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The present-day Miami station is a modern concrete structure built in 1978 and lies just east of the Miami International Airport in the Hialeah area. It is also the southern terminus of the Tri-Rail commuter rail system. At the time of its construction, Amtrak was building stations to a standard plan and the Miami station is very similar to the Amtrak station in St. Paul, Minn.
Amtrak is scheduled to relocate to the new Miami Central Station (MCS) once it is completed. The MCS, a new transportation hub for the Miami-Dade County and South Florida region, is part of the larger Miami Intermodal Center (MIC), which will also include a rental car center, major roadway improvements, the MIA Mover transit system and a joint development component. The U. S. Department of Transportation has identified the MIC as a project of national significance. The completed center will cost approximately $1.7 billion and is expected to serve approximately 150,000 commuters and travelers daily.
The rental car center portion of the MIC opened on July 13, 2010. All rental car companies that operated inside the Miami International Airport and many located nearby have relocated into this consolidated facility with each company having its own sales counter. Each of the facility's four levels is 20 acres in size, with a spacious customer service lobby on the top floor where it meets the MIA Mover, a light-rail people-mover that connects directly into the airport, and which opened on September 29, 2011.
The MCS will feature grade-level tracks for Tri-Rail, Metrorail (upon completion of the Airport Link), Amtrak, intercity and future high-speed rail service. Until the station opens, Tri-Rail is operating with shuttles from the Hialeah station, and the current Amtrak station remains in service. A public esplanade will connect the rail areas to Greyhound, Miami-Dade Metrobus, intercity buses, shuttles currently serving the airport and taxis. An elevated pedestrian walkway will span the tracks from the esplanade to the MIA Mover.
Though native peoples had occupied it for centuries, Europeans first arrived in the Miami area in 1566, when Pedro Menedez de Aviles claimed it for Spain, and a Spanish mission constructed a year later. In 1836, under American control, Fort Dallas was built and occupied during the fighting of the Second Seminole War.
The city of Miami, as we know it, began with the railroad. Henry S. Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway was supposed to terminate in Palm Beach, which it had reached by 1894. However, with the severe freezes hitting Central Florida in 1894 and 1895, he rethought this decision. It is said that Julia Tuttle, one of two main landowners in Miami (then called Biscayne Bay) sent him a bouquet of orange blossoms to show that her area was unaffected and that her groves were still producing. Tuttle, along with William Bricknell, offered land to Flagler’s railroad in exchange for routing the line through Miami. By 1896, the Florida East Coast Railway reached Biscayne Bay, at present downtown Miami. Flagler further developed the area surrounding the new station by dredging a channel, building streets and the Royal Palm Hotel, instituting the first water and power systems, and financing the town’s first newspaper, the Metropolis.
That original Florida East Coast Railway station was located near the Dade County Courthouse, and the building was standing as late as 1962. Today, no trace beyond some tracks remains. The Miami station has been located in several different places over the years.
Miami has grown very rapidly in the 110 years since its founding, that explosive growth earning it the nickname, “The Magic City.” Miami prospered during the early 1920s Florida land boom, and suffered after a destructive hurricane in 1926 and the Great Depression of the 1930s. During World War II, Miami and the south Florida area played a large role in the battle against German submarines; the war expanded the city’s population considerably by bringing military families to settle there. After Fidel Castro rose to power in 1959, many Cubans came to Miami. Today the city is a major international financial and cultural center and is considered a gateway to South America.
Amtrak provides both ticketing and baggage services at this facility, which is served by four daily trains.