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Tri-Rail marks historic arrival at MiamiCentral, paving the way for enhanced connectivity

County commissioners host commemorative train ride celebrating Tri-Rail's grand entry

In a historic moment for South Florida's transportation landscape, Tri-Rail, in collaboration with the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA), launched its inaugural service in Downtown Miami. Miami-Dade Commissioner Raquel Regalado spearheaded a celebratory event, marking a significant milestone for the region's commuter rail connectivity. The exclusive train ride, by invitation only, commenced from the Tri-Rail Corridor, culminating at the newly integrated MiamiCentral Station. Continue reading this news to get complete details on the inaugural event.

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Tri-Rail's journey to Downtown Miami - A commemorative train ride

Tri-Rail's special train, an exclusive by-invitation-only service, embarked on a journey from the West Palm Beach Station at 9 a.m., making express stops at key locations including Pompano Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale Airport, Metrorail Transfer stations, and Cypress Creek. The ceremony unfolded with the train's arrival at MiamiCentral, symbolizing a groundbreaking leap in South Florida's regional connectivity.

Raquel Regalado, the Miami-Dade Commissioner, expressed immense pride in this achievement, emphasizing the economic significance of bringing affordable commuter rail into the urban core. She acknowledged the collaborative efforts of county, municipal, state, and federal partners, as well as the instrumental role of Dave Dech, SFRTA's Executive Director and a dedicated governing board.

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Downtown Miami link project - Transformative connectivity

The Downtown Miami Link Project (DTML), a collaborative initiative involving various regional partners, successfully established passenger rail service between the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway and the South Florida Rail Corridor, linking seamlessly to Downtown Miami. Key supporters invested $70 million in construction costs to facilitate Tri-Rail's integration into MiamiCentral, boosting opportunities for enhanced connectivity and economic growth.

Chairman Oliver G. Gilbert, III, praised SFRTA for this monumental shift, emphasizing the arrival of Tri-Rail as not just a convenience but the lifeblood of a thriving, world-class community.

As Tri-Rail's inaugural journey into Downtown Miami echoes through the region, it signifies a crucial step toward a more connected and prosperous future for South Florida. Stay tuned for more updates on this transformative transportation project.

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