In General
Getting Here
Station by Station


In General

Location / Name:
Miami / South Florida area: Miami north to Mangonia Park
Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties

What's Here:
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

The Scoop:

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 future residents.

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)

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Tri-Rail's Website
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Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:

Getting Here

Too many locations to list individually, please use your GPS..... :-)



Station by Station

Miami Airport Station

GPS Coordinates: 25.79713, -80.25824

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 photo spots.

Hialeah Market Station

GPS Coordinates: 25.81107, -80.25876
Access is off of S Le Jeune Rd, and SE 12th St.

Hialeah Diamond

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.

Opa locka Station

GPS Coordinates: 25.89988, -80.25305

Bridges and Tunnels

  Over the Miami River

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.

Over the Little River Canal

GPS Coordinates: 25.87063, -80.26015


NB/SB Colorlights

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.

NB Colorlights

GPS Coordinates: 25.83443, -80.18811
Signals in advance of a crossover, in preparation for the upcoming wye north of this location.

SB Colorlights

GPS Coordinates: 25.83936, -80.18836
Southbound signals for the interlocking on the south side of the wye.



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