- Safe and easy way to rent cars
- Decongests Miami International Airport’s (MIA) curbside by 30 percent
- Reduces pollution in the airport’s core
The Rental Car Center (RCC) is the first major structure of the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) Program and opened for business on July 13, 2010. It was designed and built by the Florida Department of Transportation under the purview of AECOM’s MIC consultant management team, with HNTB providing construction engineering and inspection services and Turner Construction as contractor. Sequeira & Gavarrete, a Heery International Company, was the architect of record. Upon completion, the RCC was turned over to the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, who now operates and maintains the facility.
Located at 3900 NW 25th Street, between Le Jeune Road and the now under construction Miami Central Station, its area is bounded by NW 25th Street on the north, NW 38th Court on the east, NW 21st Street on the south and Le Jeune Road on the west.
All rental car companies that operated inside Miami International Airport and many located near the airport have relocated into the consolidated RCC where each company has its own sales counter. Each of the facility’s four levels is 20 acres in size; the first three floors are dedicated to storage and maintenance operations and the fourth level accommodates a spacious customer service lobby where vehicle renters enter and choose their best option among rental car company offers – a virtual rental car shopping mall.
The RCC has many notable features such as its distinctive architecture which serves as a gateway for South Florida’s visitors. It also features the first multilevel fueling system in the United States. This innovative system required careful consideration of technical and life safety challenges, and permits a more efficient and economical car turnaround cycle for rental car companies. The RCC features:
- 3.4 million square feet
- Four levels, each 20 acres in size (approximately eight square city blocks)
- Spacious customer service facilities for rental car transactions
- Space available for 16 rental car companies
- Second largest facility of its kind in U.S.
- 6,500 total car capacity allocation
- Ready/Return car area
- Fleet Storage/Staging area
- Quick Turnaround Area (QTA) for washing and refueling cars
- 120 fuel positions & 42 wash bays
- 180,000 gallons of fuel on site
The MIA Mover, a dual track 1.25-mile elevated, light-rail people mover system, began service between MIA and the RCC on September 9, 2011. As a result, there are no rental car shuttles circling the airport’s lower level.