Lidia Dinkova | Miami Today

What are now mainly parking lots might turn into a bustling downtown Miami train station complete with retail, offices, residences and a hotel.

All Aboard Florida, a subsidiary of Coral Gables-based Florida East Coast Industries LLC, plans to build the southernmost station for its Orlando-Miami express rail line within a linear chunk of land linking Northwest First and Eighth streets along Northwest First Avenue near county hall.

While All Aboard Florida hasn’t released official plans for its downtown Miami station, proposals in an environmental assessment show what could be.

The preferred station location – the option recommended for further study – calls for an about 45-foot viaduct that would run along the existing Metrorail and take passengers not only over Northeast Eighth and Sixth streets but also over the existing Metromover tracks along Northeast Fifth Street.

The line would pass at street level underneath the Dolphin Expressway and then begin the incline onto the viaduct. Northwest Eleventh and Tenth streets would be blocked to allow for the train’s escalation, records show.

The street closures would affect “local streets rather than a major state or federal thoroughfare,” and alternate routes are nearby, according to the environmental assessment. Read more