Cynthia Shahan | Clean Technica

Massive MiamiCentral train station would be a new urban hub downtown. Credit: Miami Herald
Massive MiamiCentral train station would be a new urban hub downtown. Credit: Miami Herald

 

On September 18, 2014, All Aboard Florida announced news about the plans and structure of an extensive new downtown train-station complex. Supporters of this new transit community say this is a substantial step in Miami’s quest to arrive as one the world’s great urban centers.

The start of service set for 2016 will find All Aboard Florida running 32 rail departures a day between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Orlando. It sounds encouraging. “Gov. Scott said he believes the Legislature will approve the project because it will create jobs and increase tourism,” Bay News 9 reports. “Officials said the current project doesn’t have much in common with the big-ticket rail project that was shot down in 2011.”

MiamiCentral, the name chosen for the complex by All Aboard Florida, is ambitious. What the Miami Herald call’s an “all-at-once marriage of heavy infrastructure with urban revitalization that would turn a drab stretch of downtown into a bustling fulcrum of transportation and human activity — including a food market, shops, restaurants, offices and two residential towers with that increasingly rare commodity, 800 rental apartments affordable to people who work in the neighborhood.” Read more