Jan 17, 2024 - News

Here's what it was like to ride the Tri-Rail from Fort Lauderdale to Miami

The Tri-Rail heading south to Miami.

The new looking Tri-Rail at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport station. Photo: Martin Vassolo/Axios

On Friday, I got to ride aboard Tri-Rail's inaugural train to downtown Miami, the culmination of seven years of delays.

My ride: I rode the train from Fort Lauderdale Airport to MiamiCentral Station, which Tri-Rail will share with the more expensive Brightline.

  • This was a complementary media ride, but the full fare would have been $7.50 for a roughly 50-minute ride.
  • The double-decker trains were spacious, with a mixture of airline-style seating and table seats. It was a little bumpy at times, but that's the price you pay to skip I-95 traffic.

Why it matters: For a Hollywoodian like myself, hopping on the train by the Yellow Green Market to catch a Heat game downtown sounds lovely.

Yes, but: The one-seat ride promised by Tri-Rail for years isn't here yet, and there isn't a timetable for its implementation.

  • For now, Tri-Rail riders will have to make a transfer at the Metrorail Transfer Station in Hialeah.

My takeaway: Tri-Rail's entrance into downtown gives riders more options and is a big first step toward further transit connectivity across South Florida, including possibly along U.S. 1.

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