Location / Name:
Miami / South Florida area: Miami north to Mangonia Park
Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties
Tri-Rail Regional Commuter Rail
GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 305, 786
ZIP: Too many to list
Access by train/transit:
Miami Metrorail at:
The Miami Airport
MIA Mover at:
The Miami Airport
Tri-Rail is a 71 mile long commuter rail operation operating out of the
Miami area, and opened on
From Wikipedia: Tri-Rail (reporting mark TRCX) is a commuter rail
line linking Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach in Florida. The Tri
prefix in the name refers to the three counties served by the railroad: Palm
Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade.
Tri-Rail is managed by the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA)
along CSX Transportation's former Miami Subdivision, the line now wholly
owned by the Florida DOT. The 70.9-mile-long (114.1 km) system has 18 stations
along the Southeast Florida coast, and connects directly to Amtrak at numerous
stations, and to Metrorail at the Tri-Rail and Metrorail Transfer station and
at Miami Intermodal Center.
A second Tri-Rail line on the Florida East Coast Railway corridor, dubbed
the "Coastal Link", has been proposed. The line would operate between Toney
Penna station in Jupiter and Miami Central in Downtown Miami, and add commuter
rail service between the downtown areas of cities between West Palm Beach and
Miami. Combined with the existing Tri-Rail line, the Tri-Rail system would
have a daily passenger ridership of almost 30,000; or approximately 9 million
passengers per annum, doubling Tri-Rail's current ridership.
The line on which Tri-Rail operates was built by the Seaboard-All Florida Railway
(a subsidiary of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad) for intercity passenger rail
service in the early 1920s. Today, the original 1920s Seaboard stations are used
by Tri-Rail for service at West Palm Beach, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale,
Hollywood. Though no longer in use, the Seaboard stations at Delray Beach,
Opa-locka and Hialeah are still standing.
The line has no turn around for the locomotives, so all trains face the same
direction at all times - they always face south. For this reason, Dual
Operation Passenger Cabs are located on the north end of the train. So trains
travel north in "reverse" and "forward" heading south.(end Wiki)
From the Tri-Rail website: The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority: With the creation
of the SFRTA on July 1, 2003, South Florida’s three counties began efforts to work
together to ensure a viable regional transportation system. The SFRTA, with cooperation
from our transportation partners, works diligently to plan, develop, fund and operate a
seamless, safe and efficient regional transportation system. A regional
transportation system in South Florida will ensure mobility, advance
sustainable growth and improve the quality of life for our current and
To meet public demand, the SFRTA is strategically planning for several
needed transit projects to provide for the future regional mobility needs
of South Florida’s resident and visitors. These projects will allow people
to rely on transit and enjoy the benefits of avoiding our increasingly
congested highways, while saving money on gas, as well as on auto insurance
and maintenance. These projects complement existing and planned transit
service by transportation partners, and will provide the backbone of an
expanded regional transportation system that may include light rail, busways,
streetcars and rapid bus transit, as well as others. The current projects
include: encouraging, Regional Transit Oriented Development, Tri-Rail
Coastal Link and Tri-Rail Station Improvements. (end Tri-Rail)
Google and Google Maps
Once we get down to a single track leaving the station, we have the first full size signal.
After crossing the canal coming into the station, we have an industrial line
taking off to the right, and the Miami Metro going over the TriRail line.
GPS Coordinates: 25.80514, -80.25856, from NW S River Dr.
The grade crossings at NW 28th St and NW S River Dr both look like good
Hialeah Market Station
GPS Coordinates: 25.81107, -80.25876
Access is off of S Le Jeune Rd, and SE 12th St.
GPS Coordinates: 25.84216, -80.25954
Next, from East 25th St, we can see the SB signals for the crossover, then
the NB interlocking/crossover signals for the mainline and the interchange
track, and finally, the distant signals are for SB TriRail trains and the diamond.
The Miami Metro is overhead, and the TriRail / Metrorail Transfer station is behind us.
MetroRail Transfer Station
GPS Coordinates: 25.84628, -80.25964
TriRail Maintenance Facility
GPS Coordinates: 25.85450, -80.25877
Click on the picture below for the full size 2meg JPEG.... about 30
screen shots went into making the picture.
The first bridge trains come to after leaving the Miami Airport is just north
of the station, situated between NW N River Drive and NW S River Drive
crossing the Miami River. On the north side of the river, we have an
interlocking signal for SB trains coming into the station.
GPS Coordinates: 25.81059, -80.19107
Located a couple of blocks west of where exit 2B drops you off on NE 36th
Street in the Wynwood/Beverly Terrace area of North Miami. Both tracks
are completely signaled for dual direction traffic. The signals use LED's.
GPS Coordinates: 25.83443, -80.18811
Signals in advance of a crossover, in preparation for the upcoming wye north of this location.
GPS Coordinates: 25.83936, -80.18836
Southbound signals for the interlocking on the south side of the wye.
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