Does anyone think Amtrak could move to the Miami Airport Station. It's much closer to downtown then the present station.
Downtown would be great from a passenger perspective but the station is not capable of handling an LD train and would require a very long backup move to get to the yard in Hialeah. The airport station is capable of handling LD trains, would require a shorter and simpler backup move, and even has a building built for Amtrak. It would also provide a direct connection to Metrorail and easy access to planes and rental cars. Having said that, Amtrak doesn't seem interested so I don't foresee a move anytime soon.This question has been in the air for quite some time. After the idea of moving over to MIA, Amtrak put down brand new concrete ties at the Hialeah station. To me, that was a sign that they had no interest in the move. I haven't heard of any recent interest in the move. The better place to go would be to MiamiCentral in downtown and that is now possible thanks to the Iris Connection to the FEC that Tri-Rail plans to use to get there.
For someone traveling a long distance, with baggage, children or whatever...I doubt they would do that...in the time they waited for the connecting train, they could ride to the current Miami (Hialeah) station, and get picked up or take a taxi to their final destination, without all the hassle.In the future, the way to get to downtown by train will be to change to Tri-Rail at Hollywood.
There really is no need for more space as far as space needed for building tracks and platforms is concerned. All the space necessary is already there and the siding lengths are more than enough to host an Amtrak LD train. The problem is NW 25th St. grade crossing and the fact that the platform ends at that crossing and nothing further has been built beyond that crossing.The Miami Airport station has space for another platform and two tracks. Plenty of reason to do, something unknown to me is the reason why it has not been done.