All Aboard Florida unveils designs for Miami station

Express passenger rail service between Miami, Orlando expected to begin in 2016

By Christina Vazquez - Reporter

All Aboard Florida has unveiled its designs for a planned multimodal hub station in Miami.

Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez were on hand for Wednesday's announcement.

All Aboard Florida is a privately funded, 235-mile express passenger rail service that will transport passengers to and from central Florida and Miami, with stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

South Florida leaders and All Aboard Florida executives touted the Miami station as a nine-acre transportation hub, which will be situated just east of Miami-Dade County Hall.

The new Miami station will be built near Florida East Coast Railway's old downtown train depot.

Opened in 1912, it operated during the glory days of railroad travel. Henry Flagler founded Florida East Coast Railway in 1895 and is credited with making South Florida a tourist destination through his passenger rail service. 

Historian Seth Bramson told Local 10 the company's downtown train station was demolished in 1963.

Florida East Coast Industries expects construction of the new station at the historical location to begin as early as the end of this year.

All Aboard Florida is expected to create more than 10,000 jobs during construction.

Opponents argue the train will bring more noise and congestion.

The express train is scheduled to begin service in 2016.