Yeah; either on-airport (wad of cash with wings emoji) or one of the cheaper options (and just get them to drop you off at the MIC and save them a trip through the terminal hell).If this move is made, would MIA be their only stop in Miami? I assume if you live there and want to park overnight, you just use the airport parking?
From the standpoint of using Metrorail, this isn't as good a move as it might seem. At night it can take forever to get a train out of the airport station. I sat there waiting for 40 minutes in this past spring. I'd rather hoof it 3 blocks from the Amshack.
With all due respect, speaking as a native Miamian who railfanned and traveled into and out of this station for decades, the station at 8303 NW 37th Avenue is no Amshack. It may not be a historic depot and it is built in Amtrak's 1970s brutalist poured-concrete corporate style which isn't everyone's taste, but it is a relatively modern air-conditioned facility with a proper waiting area. Amshack refers to stations that are basically sheds or shipping containers on concrete platforms usually adjacent to the local railroad yard- that is not what Miami got. Ironically, the old Seaboard Station, which Amtrak called at briefly before the real estate was liquidated, would have been slightly closer to downtown but not really much more convenient to anything going on in Miami in modern times. The neighborhood of the Amtrak station which is basically right between Northside and Hialeah got a bad rap but the area where Seaboard Station used to be is no picnic either. In fact, when I was growing up in the '80s and '90s that was a nasty part of town where nobody would be caught dead after sunset. Those parts of Miami have and will continue to gentrify as the parts of town close to the coast become increasingly vulnerable to flooding, but it wasn't always that way. The land where the Hialeah station is also due for a significant increase in value.Presumably. South end of the MIC is at NW 21st Street, south end of the Hialeah yard (where it looks like there's a crossover to the Tri-Rail tracks) is just south of NW 92nd Terrace, those streets are on the 10/mi Miami grid, so about 7 miles.
It's substantially longer than backing from the wye they use into Tampa. I assume they can't do what I do when I play Derail Valley and just take the remote on top of the back of the train and hang out, and they probably also aren't set up for an engine on each end like Brightline.
When I took the Silver Star out of the existing Amshack back in May they only pulled the train to the station right at boarding time (an hour late, heh).
I am not very familiar with that station. The few times I have used it, was just long enough to pass thru it from the train, and on to the bus over to Miami Beach.The current Maimi Amtrak Station is an AmStation in my opinion.
Facilities for Amtrak at MIC will be pretty minimalist since the headhouse is of inadequate size. The airport terminals are accessed via the airport people mover, and one can then access whatever is land side in the terminal.My memory of an Amshack was the original station at Worcester MA where I caught the Inland Route train to Philadelphia in 2001. A squat rectangular building with a ticket counter, a couple dozen plastic chairs, and restrooms. Shortly thereafter they moved to the renovated historic Union Station which is much nicer although admittedly facilities are still somewhat lacking there.
Going back on topic what sort of facilities will there be at MIC? Is it close enough to the airport terminals that one can take advantage of restaurants etc. there?
It's 3.6 mi. from MIC to the yard turnout. The train will be empty. It would be a deadhead move; they could take as long as they need. Someone suggested they might attach a switcher to the back of the train to pull it down to MIC or back to the yard.So Amtrak is going to a 6 or 8 mile backup move everyday, and four times a day from MIC to the yard? Ok then.
3.6 miles is roughly equivalent to the distance between LA Union Station and 8th St Yard, which has been a routine move for Santa Fe from 1939 to 1971 and for Amtrak since 1971.
Not just rental cars but lots of hotels around the airport too. Many offer free shuttles to the cruiseports the next morning. Very convenient for cruise passengers.Easy access to rental cars is very important to me and can make or break an entire trip. If I were in charge of Amtrak I would try to bring car rental agencies back to train station counters by offering to share labor costs and staffing overhead. Such a proposal may not be very appealing right now but maybe in another year or two things will start getting back to normal again (if we can avoid WW3).
About 5 or 6 grade crossing. Compare that to over ten in the backup move in Tampa even though the distance is shorter. The Tampa backup even includes crossing the TECO Trolley line which is protected by interlocked signals.How do the number of grade crossings compare?
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