Projects: Miami Central Station
- Automated People Mover between Miami International Airport (MIA) and the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC)
- Benefits air travelers as well as workers commuting into MIA
- Eases passenger traffic at terminal curb-fronts and on roads in and out of MIA
- Service every two minutes between 5 a.m. and midnight daily & an on-demand call-button service between midnight and 5 a.m.
The MIA Mover is a light-rail automated people mover system operating between MIA and the two major structures of the MIC, the Rental Car Center (RCC) and the Miami Central Station (MCS). The MIA Mover was Miami-Dade County's contribution to the MIC Program; it was built and is being operated by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD). The Florida Department of Transportation was responsible for its guideway foundations and construction of its station at the MIC. The MIC Station was completed in January 2011, and the MIA Mover became operational on September 9, 2011.
The MIA Mover system has two stations. The MIA Station is located on the third level between the Flamingo and Dolphin Parking Garages at the airport; it connects with the airport's third-level moving walkways. The MIC Station is located at the fourth level of the RCC between the RCC's Customer Service Lobby and the MCS, via an elevated pedestrian walkway. Its dual elevated guideways span 1.25 miles, allowing trains to travel in both directions. Its approximate path runs east from the MIA Station through to Central Boulevard and on to NW 21st Street, curving north into the MIC Station, directly above the MIC Terminal Access Roadways.
The MIA Mover is a vital component of the MIC Program because it is an intermodal connector. It is a rail line that will link the airport to Amtrak and Tri-Rail, and it is already providing a connection to Metrorail and Metrobus. It serves the growing number of air passengers using MIA, which totaled 39.5 million in 2012, who rent vehicles or choose to use public transportation to reach their destination. It also provides transportation to MDAD and for cargo and airline workers commuting into MIA everyday. MIA accounts for approximately one out of six jobs in the county.
As part of the MIC Program's decongestion strategy regarding the roads in and around the airport, rental car shuttles have been eliminated and replaced by the MIA Mover.
As a result, it is estimated that 30 percent of vehicular traffic was removed from the roadways and passenger traffic at the terminal curb-fronts was also reduced.
FDOT’s contribution of $100 million included the guideway, foundations and the stations located at the MIC and MIA. Visit the Financing section of this site for more information.