Miami, FL (MIA)
Opened in 1978 in the Hialeah area, the Miami station was built to a standard Amtrak plan and includes a soaring two-story waiting room, large expanses of glass and a cantilevered roof.
8303 NW 37th Avenue
Miami, FL 33147
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 65,975
- Facility Ownership: Amtrak
- Parking Lot Ownership: Amtrak
- Platform Ownership: Amtrak
- Track Ownership: Florida Department of Transportation
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
The Miami station lies northeast of Miami International Airport in the Hialeah area. To the southwest is the Metrorail Transfer Station, where travelers can access the Tri-Rail commuter rail system and the Metrorail.
Constructed at a cost of $5.7 million, the Miami station opened in June 1978 on the site of the old Seaboard Coast Line Railroad yards. Amtrak moved to the new facility from the former Seaboard Air Line Railroad station located at NW 7th Avenue and Perimeter Rd. in the Allapattah neighborhood closer to downtown; this building was subsequently demolished. More than 1,000 people gathered to dedicate the Amtrak station. The first train to depart was the Silver Meteor, which left just before the ceremony began.
Amtrak built the Miami station according to one of a series of standard designs it introduced in the 1970s to help create a brand identity for the new passenger railroad. Design was driven by practical concerns for highly functional, flexible and cost-efficient structures.The Miami facility originally had a twin in the Midway Station, which opened in the same year to serve the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Rising two stories, the building is composed of textured beige concrete masonry units interspersed with large expanses of glass that allow natural light to flood the interior waiting room. A prominent black metal cantilevered roof caps the station and its deep eaves protect passengers against inclement weather. Viewed at a distance, the roof appears to float above the building due to a band of clerestory windows that follows the top edge of the walls. Inside, a sweeping staircase leads to a raised circular seating area that looks out over the full-height waiting room.
Amtrak is scheduled to relocate to the new Miami Central Station (MCS) east of Miami International Airport 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 to the airport 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 also feature grade-level tracks for Tri-Rail commuter service and Amtrak. Tri-Rail began serving the MCS in April 2015 and refers to the stop as “Miami Airport Station.” 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 (FEC) 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 FEC 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 FEC station was located near the Dade County Courthouse, and the building was standing as late as 1962. Today, no trace beyond some tracks remains.
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.
- 150 Long Term Parking Spaces
- 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
- Shipping Boxes
- Short Term Parking Spaces
- Ticket Office
- Wheelchair Lift