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Old 05-12-2008, 07:41 PM
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Hello, I am relocating to Miami with work. I'll be working at the Federal Building downtown. I am looking for some comments regarding the Metro and Tri-Rail. Is it reliable? Is it anything like the Metro in DC or BART in San Francisco? Is it packed during rush hours, as in less than 1 foot between you and other people, no seats, etc? Are trains on-schedule, or consistently early or late? Is it better to take trains from the south? Or the north? Do you fear for your safety on either? Is it possible to commute from, say, Hollywood on Tri-Rail, catch the Metro, and make it downtown, on a daily basis? Or should I focus on living on the south side and go north on the Metro? Obviously it doesn't go west, so that isn't really an option. Any comments and advice greatly appreciated
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Old 05-12-2008, 08:15 PM
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It's been a while since i rode the train system. As far as i can remember, during rush hour it does get full. Sometimes you will be within one foot of people. However, the trains empty out fast as you leave the downtown area. It's not bad at all. The train times were pretty good as well.

They seriously need to expand the system though.

i'm commenting on the metro rail. I can't comment on the tri-rail.
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Old 05-13-2008, 11:40 AM
Location: Miami
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Metrorail is safe (except maybe late at night) and the service is pretty good. I took it to work from Dadeland South for many years. I had to pick up my daughter at daycare at a specific time and I found the train to be the most predictable form of transportation. The parking lots fill up pretty early, though. Even when crowded, it's nothing like the subway in NYC (never been to SF). If you live north, to get downtown via tri rail means you have to change to Metrorail at Northside, so factor that into your commute. Parking downtown is expensive so if you can take Metrorail you will save both gas and parking.
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Old 05-13-2008, 11:48 AM
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Metro Rail is about the only good thing about getting around in Miami. In my experience, it was safe as all stations are manned by M-Dade sheriff deputies, and it was reliable and punctual for the most part. Now, when will M-D figure it out and expand MetroRail's reach?
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Old 05-13-2008, 01:11 PM
Location: Heartland Florida
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You can count on metrorail more than your own car. Unfortunately connecting to it is the tough part, unless you live within walking distance of a station. Tri-Rail is notoriously off-schedule and is often delayed by track scheduling. Again, connecting to it is a problem. If Miami-Dade county wanted metrorail to be profitable, they would connect Miami Beach to downtown and the port of Miami to the airport.
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Old 05-13-2008, 04:32 PM
Location: Miami
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I ride Tri-Rail and Metrorail very frequently, actually almost daily, and I think both are really reliable, clean, safe, and better than driving.

Tri-Rail is a commuter train so trains run about every 20 minutes during rush hour, 30 mins to an hour on weekdays, and run every 2 hours on weekends. Tri-Rail is a lot more reliable than it used to be, and in the last year or so, I haven't had any problems with it and it's very cheap.

Metrorail I ride to Downtown and I've also never had a problem with it and it's very efficient. The trains do tend to get very crowded during rush hour, but the trains are all very clean, safe, and always reliable. Like I always say, if you can take Metrorail instead of driving, do it, you'll never drive again.

Also, I'd like to add that Miami-Dade Transit is currently building a new Metrorail Station at Miami Int'l Airport, at the new Miami Central Station, for Amtrak, Tri-Rail, Metrorail, Metrobus, taxis, rental cars, etc. There are also plans to expand Metrorail north to Broward County via Miami-Dade College North and Dolphin Stadium, and a west line to FIU through Doral and Dolphin Mall.

Also, if you're going to be working in Downtown, why don't you just find a place to live close to or in Downtown that way you cut your commute to a say a 5 minute walk from a Downtown high-rise? I'd suggest you look into places in Downtown or somewhere very close to a Metrorail station.
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Old 05-15-2008, 12:13 AM
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I really appreciate your comments, thank you for contributing. I will keep your advice in mind as I relocate down to Miami. You guys rock!
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