How to Ride the Metrorail

When you think about Miami, the things that probably come to mind are things like palm trees and beaches and nightclubs that rage all night. But did you know that Miami-Dade County also has an elevated train system? You didn't? Well, that's ok, neither do most people who live here. For some reason, despite hundreds of millions of dollars and over 20 years in operation, your average Miamian has spent more time in jail than they have on the Metrorail

The Miami Metrorial is a 27.4-mile elevated train that runs from Dadeland Mall in South Dade up US-1 into Downtown Miami and up into Hialeah and ending at the Palmetto Expressway. Sounds like a pretty useful system, right? Well, while the beginning of the line makes sense, going from Miami's crowded southern suburbs to downtown to alleviate traffic on US-1, the rest is a bit of a mystery. You can see a larger version of the map here.

The County Commision didn't design the train to go out to the beach. Nor did it design it to go to the airport, the seaport or any of the city's sports stadiums. Where it does go is the now-closed Hialeah Race Track, Earlington Hieghts and Santa Clara. Never heard of those places? It's ok. Neither has anyone in Miami.

But despite the fact that many locals malign the Metrorail, it can serve as a valuable tool for many trying to traverse their ways through the sprawling city of Miami. Miamians, stop laughing. On this site you will learn exactly where, when, and how to utilize Miami's Metrorail. You can avoid traffic. You can spend less on gas. You can meet people who will tell you they met Jesus sitting in the very same seat you are now occupying. That is if you see anyone else on the train. Most of the other passengers typically come dressed as empty seats.

Our Helpful Guide

Here you will find where to catch the Metrorail, how much it costs, how to pay for it, where you can park, and even how to utilize the sister Metromover system, which can whisk you through Downtown.

So read on, potential Metrorail rider! Despite what some locals may have told you, this train DOES actually go somewhere. And probably, believe it or not, somewhere you may someday need to go. So whether you're a tourist who doesn't want to take their life in their hands by renting a car, a downtown worker tired of dealing with parking, a South Dade resident who can't spend another minute on US-1, or one of the 6 UM students who didn't get a BMW for their 16th birthday, there is something in this guide you will find useful.

 

Downtown/Brickell

Living or working in either Downtown Miami or Brickell, Miami's financial district, will afford you the most opportunities to utilize the Miami Metrorail. The Metrorail features four stops in this area, with easy connections to the Metromover to get you wherever you need to go.

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UM Students

While many sutudents at the University of Miami have cars, parking on campus can be harder than a good amount of the coursework, Similarly, because of limited on-campus housing, many students opt to live off campus. This is why the Metrorail is a great thing for UM students...

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