When it comes to public transportation projects in Miami it’s always good to be a bit wary. There have been too many grand schemes proposed with great fanfare that eventually (and heartbreakingly) fizzled away over time.
That’s why (along with sheer laziness) I didn’t follow the plans for All Aboard Florida too closely. A new, high-speed, passenger rail service linking Orlando, West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and Miami seemed like a great idea but, really, would it ever get built?
In a word: Yes. The railway now is a real thing, with real funding, and a real launch date (2017). There’s is even a new train station — MiamiCentral — being constructed for real (in Downtown, on NW 1st Ave between NW 3rd Street and NW 8th Street).
The final details are still being worked out, like which vendors will be in the building, but the structure itself is pretty set. If you, like me, are late to the party on this, below are some renderings of the new station.
Of course, actual things don’t always look like renderings (for example, check out this 1973 drawing of what the University Metrorail Station was supposed be), but at least this project is big, bold, and real.