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#1 WellTrained

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 01:35 PM

What's the drill on getting from Miami International to the Amtrak station? If I'm headed out on #92, can I give myself more time to get from airport by boarding at the Hollywood station? Thanks!

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 02:50 PM

Well you would gain a few minutes if you board at Hollywood. And both Amtrak & Tri-Rail stop at the Hollywood station.
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Posted 01 October 2011 - 05:10 PM

Well you would gain a few minutes if you board at Hollywood. And both Amtrak & Tri-Rail stop at the Hollywood station.


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Posted 01 October 2011 - 05:24 PM

Hmm, that didn;t seem to work. I'll try again.

Alan - Thanks. But I think I didn't make clear my level of ignorance! Even after reading the airport, Tri-Rail, and Amtrak websites. Does one take a bus from the airport to Tri-Rail, ride Tri-Rail for a stop or 2, then transfer to Amtrak? Any idea how long I should allow for the whole process? -- Phil

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 01:10 AM

The Tri-Rail shuttle bus departs from the baggage claim level outside Terminal E and goes to the Hialeah Market Station. Tri-Rail connects to Amtrak at Hollywood and at several other stations farther north. Tri-Rail appears to run hourly, with a few extra trains at rush hours, and is scheduled to take about 30 minutes to Hollywood.

Until several weeks ago, there was a Tri-Rail station closer to the airport. That station has been closed for construction of an intermodal station, which is expected to take two years or so. When the new facility is complete you'll be able to take the people mover (which just opened last month to serve the rental car center) from the terminal, instead of a shuttle bus. The intermodal station will serve Tri-Rail, Metrorail, buses, taxis, and shuttles.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 08:20 AM

The Tri-Rail shuttle bus departs from the baggage claim level outside Terminal E and goes to the Hialeah Market Station. Tri-Rail connects to Amtrak at Hollywood and at several other stations farther north. Tri-Rail appears to run hourly, with a few extra trains at rush hours, and is scheduled to take about 30 minutes to Hollywood.

Until several weeks ago, there was a Tri-Rail station closer to the airport. That station has been closed for construction of an intermodal station, which is expected to take two years or so. When the new facility is complete you'll be able to take the people mover (which just opened last month to serve the rental car center) from the terminal, instead of a shuttle bus. The intermodal station will serve Tri-Rail, Metrorail, buses, taxis, and shuttles.


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Railbuck - Thanks. That's what I needed -- Phil.

But Tri-Rail once an hour? I'll take a cab from the airport to Amtrak. I love trains, don't mind sitting on them (especially in a roomette) while they're delayed by the freight line company, but I draw the line at taking up to an hour and a half for what would be at most a 10 min cab ride.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 09:10 AM

Hi,

I guess this is another example of the lack of "joined up thinking". What a shame that each company only thinks about their own stuff. It would be nice if one could catch CONVENIENT public transport from Amtrak to the Airport, or vice versa!

Ed :cool:

Edited by caravanman, 02 October 2011 - 09:11 AM.


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Posted 02 October 2011 - 09:53 AM

Until several weeks ago, there was a Tri-Rail station closer to the airport. That station has been closed for construction of an intermodal station, which is expected to take two years or so. When the new facility is complete you'll be able to take the people mover (which just opened last month to serve the rental car center) from the terminal, instead of a shuttle bus. The intermodal station will serve Tri-Rail, Metrorail, buses, taxis, and shuttles.

Amtrak will also be moving the passenger stop to the Miami Central station, part of the huge Miami Intermodal Center project, after it opens. Which will make connections to the airport, Miami Metrorail, Tri-Rail, and access to car rentals (at airport prices) all very easy.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 04:35 PM

Hi,

I guess this is another example of the lack of "joined up thinking". What a shame that each company only thinks about their own stuff. It would be nice if one could catch CONVENIENT public transport from Amtrak to the Airport, or vice versa!

Ed :cool:



The number of people transferring from Amtrak to the airport each day is probably in the single digits, at best. Not worth it.
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Posted 02 October 2011 - 04:38 PM


Hi,

I guess this is another example of the lack of "joined up thinking". What a shame that each company only thinks about their own stuff. It would be nice if one could catch CONVENIENT public transport from Amtrak to the Airport, or vice versa!

Ed :cool:



The number of people transferring from Amtrak to the airport each day is probably in the single digits, at best. Not worth it.


I bet it would be more if more convenient connections were available.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 04:46 PM



Hi,

I guess this is another example of the lack of "joined up thinking". What a shame that each company only thinks about their own stuff. It would be nice if one could catch CONVENIENT public transport from Amtrak to the Airport, or vice versa!

Ed :cool:



The number of people transferring from Amtrak to the airport each day is probably in the single digits, at best. Not worth it.


I bet it would be more if more convenient connections were available.


Why? In the absence of corridor service in Florida, the airport and Amtrak serve almost identical traveling needs. Why would someone transfer from a long-distance flight to a long-distance train? Amtrak can't take you to suburban Miami destinations, the largest source of traffic to the airport, nor does it provide service to more regional destinations like Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach, and it provides skeletal service at best to intra-state destinations. And if you're going to Tampa or Orlando or whatever, why not fly to Tampa or Orlando or whatever? There's no reason for people to take Amtrak to the airport or vice versa.
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Posted 02 October 2011 - 08:14 PM

I'm not even entirely sure that Amtrak will be using the new Miami Central Station.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 10:04 PM

Looks like Miami-Dade local bus 42 runs between the airport and the Amtrak Station directly, but only once an hour. (The route runs half-hourly but splits in sections; every other bus goes to Amtrak.) This looks fairly convenient if you're willing to hang out and wait. Trip time is 20-25 minutes. Seven days a week.

If you've never caught a bus before out of MIA, it's best to head out a bit early to find the single public bus stop at the airport, which is never easy to find at any airport. The stop itself has an enclosed waiting area.
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Posted 29 October 2011 - 02:54 AM

IMHO, you would be better off taking the Tri-Rail shuttle bus from MIA to the Tri-Rail station and riding to Hollywood or Fort Lauderdale to board 92 there.
The Tri-Rail stop (79th St) closest to the Miami Amtrak station is still four blocks from the station in a run-down area.
If you want or need to board at Miami Amtrak, I would take a cab from MIA directly to Miami Amtrak.

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 05:09 AM

I'm not even entirely sure that Amtrak will be using the new Miami Central Station.

I don't know why you say that when every reference to the project says it will, ie: http://www.micdot.co...l_station.html'>MICDOT.

Of course you could be referring to the fact that Amtrak may not exist in two years, or that the budget could be cut, or there could be an anti-Amtrak politician in Florida, but we live that fear for any new planned service in the state.

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 06:50 AM

My advice... take a taxi. The hassle of going through multiple changes and waits is just not worth it. I have done it both ways - well actually all three ways, i.e. changing from Metrorail to Amtrak at Miami after a walk through a somewhat iffy neighborhood, and changing at Hollywood + the taxi option. In terms of convenience I'd rank them as follows:

1. Taxi

2. Metrorail change at Hollywood

3. Metrorail change at Amtrak Miami in Hialeah.

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 08:59 AM

Still no takers for the 42 bus? Appears to stop right at the Amtrak station, no walking to Metrorail required.

Edited by gatelouse, 29 October 2011 - 09:01 AM.

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 09:26 AM

Still no takers for the 42 bus? Appears to stop right at the Amtrak station, no walking to Metrorail required.

Buses are the absolutely worst option if you have any significant luggage. Other than that it works OK, though the clientale on that route can be - shall we say - somewhat interesting/fascinating. :)

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 11:04 PM


Still no takers for the 42 bus? Appears to stop right at the Amtrak station, no walking to Metrorail required.

Buses are the absolutely worst option if you have any significant luggage. Other than that it works OK, though the clientale on that route can be - shall we say - somewhat interesting/fascinating. :)


I travel pretty light and have taken many a bus to and from train stations.

But indeed, if you're carrying a cruise's worth of luggage, taxi is the way to go. Consider it the land-based version of the baggage fee that the airlines charge.
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Posted 30 October 2011 - 08:23 AM



Still no takers for the 42 bus? Appears to stop right at the Amtrak station, no walking to Metrorail required.

Buses are the absolutely worst option if you have any significant luggage. Other than that it works OK, though the clientale on that route can be - shall we say - somewhat interesting/fascinating. :)


I travel pretty light and have taken many a bus to and from train stations.

But indeed, if you're carrying a cruise's worth of luggage, taxi is the way to go. Consider it the land-based version of the baggage fee that the airlines charge.

You don;t necessarily need a cruise's worth of luggage for such to become a consideration. All that it takes is one reasonable sized suitcase. City buses are not designed to transport such things seamlessly, specially in rush conditions.



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