Ground Broken On Miami Central Station

Station Expected To Be Finished In Fall 2013

Published On: Oct 12 2011 03:41:17 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 27 2011 07:32:59 AM EDT
MIAMI -

A major puzzle piece in the Miami Intermodal Center transportation hub broke ground Tuesday.

With its scheduled opening in Fall 2013, the Miami Central Station is planned to be the central transfer point for travelers using Miami International Airport, rail and bus services, TriRail and MetroMover, with connections to taxi and shuttle services.

The hub is the final component of the $2 billion Miami Intermodal Center, which included highway transportation improvements, the Rental Car Center and elevated rail link there from Miami International Airport.

"We had, with 9/11, a little setback because some of the project had to be redesigned," said Gus Pego, District 6 Secretary for the Florida Department of Transportation. "There were a lot of permitting issues, security issues. What we want to do is deliver something that will last for generations to come."

Funding is coming mainly from federal and state transportation allocations and loans.