Here's What Miami's New Downtown Train Station Might Look Like

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Courtesy of All Aboard Florida
If All Aboard Florida gets its way, Miamians will be able to hop on a train downtown as soon as next year and disembark in Orlando three hours later. The company, which owns a freight line that runs along Florida's east coast, is banking on a $1.5 billion federal loan to build a new set of tracks for the nation's largest privately run passenger train service.

Of course this is Florida, so the project still has tons of unanswered questions and a whiff of corruption tied to Gov. Rick Scott's staff. But if the train line comes to fruition, the company says Miami's new Grand Central Station would look something like the rendering above.

The new renderings are included in All Aboard Florida's redesigned website, which pitches the benefits of its new passenger line.

The firm, which is owned by Florida East Coast Railway, says the project -- which would also stop in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach -- would pump $500 million into Florida's economy, reduce car emissions, and create thousands of jobs.

In Miami, the company wants to build a massive new terminal near Government Center. The project could eventually include 1.5 million feet of retail and office space and would abut another megaproject in the works, the Miami Worldcenter.

But there are plenty of questions left for the firm to answer before it can begin the train service, which wouldn't quite be "high speed" but would jet up to 125 mph after leaving urban South Florida.

As Broward Bulldog reported earlier this month, the train line will have to go through more than 350 street crossings between Miami and West Palm, and the firm must spend millions making them safe. Some critics have pushed back against the project for proposals to close several intersections.

And it wouldn't be a massive Florida project without a hint of impropriety. The AP reported that $200 million Gov. Rick Scott has pledged to build Orlando's new train station would go directly to two groups that once employed his chief of staff, Adam Hollingsworth. In fact, the wire service even obtained text messages that showed Hollingsworth pumping the plan to Scott's office while he still worked for the developers.

It's also worth remembering that Scott turned down billions in federal stimulus money to build a full-fledged high-speed rail between Tampa and Orlando (with a later link planned for Miami), supposedly because local taxpayers would be on the hook for cost overruns -- a claim that has been thoroughly and utterly debunked.

Miami's new downtown terminal is still working through the zoning approval process -- with the train company asking the county for another 2.7 acres for the project earlier this month.

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adamic2k8
adamic2k8

Tim Elfrink where did you come up with this information on the high speed train not costing tax payers money?   I studied it because I thought it might be a good idea.   It was not!!!   In fact, the state of Florida may have had to install income tax on Floridians just to cover the cost and all the pieces would not have been connected for decades!   Also, many people would have had to lose their property through eminent domain.   By the way, Americans like cars and driving.   Once you get to a station you would have to take an expensive cab to go anywhere and you know the hotels around that area would go up in price along with restaurants and anything else so it wouldn't help anyone poor but just make Washington politicians rich because they own the land.   Name one successful train like the one Florida turned down.   Also, just because you don't pay federal tax tax doesn't mean federal money is free.   I assume you don't pay any federal tax because you seem to think it is "free" money.   I struggle to pay my federal taxes every year even having to take out loans to pay them and the last thing I want built is another money pit no one wants.   I heard this same old song and dance when I lived near Detroit how the people mover was going to do this and that and it is a piece of crap that no one uses.  Trains are a thing of the past!   Cars are freedom trains are constrictive.   Post links to where you got your supposed facts if want anyone to take what you are writing seriously.    By the way, I had two places I wanted to move, Florida or Texas because it saved me 12% of my income!  I paid 6.5% income tax plus local tax 2% then you compound that with being taxed after your taxed and it comes to 12% of every penny you make in your entire life.   The train was to get state taxes in Florida so politicians could be bought off like they are in every state that has income taxes. 


adamic2k8
adamic2k8

The author of this is a political hack or something.

Vanessa Ortiz
Vanessa Ortiz

this is b.s. why build this instead of a high-speed train? yes, lets build something that is already meh, and see how much we like it in 5 years.

Dave Rodriguez
Dave Rodriguez

Train to nowhere. To bad public transportation sucks at both end points, Miami and Orlando. So you'll still have to splurge on a rental if you want to get around. Unless of course your ultimate destinations are only South Beach and Disney World. Then this will be perfect!

Adam Locke
Adam Locke

Why cut out the treasure coast? Much more to Florida than the over commercialized mouse!

Ronald Wahl
Ronald Wahl

When I was a kid ,I remember the train station just west of the court house .That was many years ago ....

Alex Hernandez
Alex Hernandez

Artist renderings always look 500% better than the actual result.

gwagen55
gwagen55

we want rocket trains to LA and NYC not lame ass slow trains that only go 125 and take me to ORLANDO?! disney sucks 

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Carlos Rodriguez, apparently you missed where I said "I'm not saying that's what's happening here ". In other words, out of deference to your low 2 digit IQ, I wasn't comparing anything.

Isabel Duarte
Isabel Duarte

I'm Canadian, although entire extended family are Yankees though, they're born & raised in the 305-just putting that out there before someone tells me to go away. LOL I just had to say something to that NYC douche, many cities around the world (other than NYC) have a similar system-get over yourself. Aren't New Yorkers supposed to be "worldly"? Maybe you need to travel to the Netherlands, and check out Amsterdam Centraal. I guess they're dying to be like one of their former colonies. *roll eyes* Anyway, I honestly think this is great for you guys, and I hope this project is completed! :-D

Gabriel Veg
Gabriel Veg

Looks sterile and depressing. Thumbs down to the mediocre design.

Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez
Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez

and in conclusion... fuck new york and these bums that think their city is better yet they live here . .. in paradise... FOH

Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez
Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez

dave how in the hell are "thinking the world revolves around the" and "we dont take no bullshit" even related? your comparing apples to toilet paper here

Roxy Kelly
Roxy Kelly

so it will be nice for five whole minutes until all the homeless are done pissing in it.

Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez
Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez

jorge take yuor bum ass back to nyc man... aparently you still living in the 90s where you think the world revolves around your shitty ass sewer smelly city.

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

Jen Die, if funded, the train would go from 79 to 125 mph, depending on the law.

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

A train all over Miami would be great but that's county funded.

Nathalie Morot
Nathalie Morot

Well its a fuckin damn time sumthin like this was actually considered

Jeff Penczak
Jeff Penczak

If they have the same food as Grand Central then I'm all in.

Jen Die
Jen Die

Call me when the trains go over 30mph

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

Jorge, gentrification is not a NYC problem. It's an everywhere problem. You're the typical New Yorker that thinks the world revolves around them. So if Miami expands the Metrorail in the future, it's because we are copying New York -- good to know.

Jorge Fernandez
Jorge Fernandez

For a city who wouldn't know what to do with public transportation if you built it an entire network of trains and submarines. Miami loves to rub itself up against NYC by naming their neighborhoods after NYC neighborhoods and make these sorts of comparisons. Hell, you're even trying to gentrify like NYC. You're not NYC. You're something I still like to visit after living there for half my life, but you're NYC. Be yourself. It's not a bad thing. There's still lots to love about Miami.

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

Jorge, comparisons to Grand Central mean it's proposed to be a central transportation hub.

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

Jorge, why would it? Grand Central Station is a turn-of-the-century building.

Jayan Bertrand
Jayan Bertrand

Are we finally getting routes that go in directions other than straight?

Chris Cvnt
Chris Cvnt

wouldb be nice if they actually improved and extended the track-just another shallow Miami "improvement"

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

It takes 3-3.5 hours to get to Orlando anyway. Only you don't have to ride with people you wouldn't share a ride with, nor have in your home. And those toll express lanes, who decided that would charge a minimum toll in the middle of the night, they were supposed to be free.

adamic2k8
adamic2k8

You will still need a rental car because the cab ride will cost just as much!


MarioV769
MarioV769

As a native New Yorker myself, you have got to be kidding me with your ignorance. As if anything in New York is not named for the Italians, Irish, Chinese, English, Dutch, Native Americas or basically anything from around the world. I don't know if the news has gotten to you yet for the Statue of Liberty is French. Ever heard of Bedford Stuyvesant? That was partly named for Peter Stuyvesant and he was Dutch. The name New York itself is entirely British from the city of York in Northern England. Ever heard of Victoria Station in London? Perhaps when you do then you'll get the idea where Grand Central Station came from. Manhattan is Native American really never mind you're just a tool that embarrasses New Yorkers. New York is a great city perhaps the best in the world but what it doesn't need is moronic and arrogant idiots thinking that New York is some completely original city.

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