It’s official! The first of Miami’s new high-tech MetroRail trains opened to passengers yesterday. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the MIA airport station at 10 a.m., and the train left the station shortly after with executives from Hitachi, local politicians, county employees, and media. It traveled the short distance to downtown Miami’s Government Center station before being released into general service.
The four-car train “is the first of 136 cars to come, replacing the entire fleet of 33-year-old vehicles.” New trains will have digital signage, high-speed WiFi, bicycle racks, security cameras, and more comfortable seating. The $380 million retrofit is expected to be completed in 2019.
The full story at The Miami Herald: Metrorail Launches First New Train in Miami-Dade