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Check Out the Future of Downtown Miami

Check Out the Future of Downtown Miami

Check Out the Future of Downtown Miami

A "higher-speed" train service is set to remake central Miami.

Plans are full-steam ahead for a new train service that will link Miami to Orlando, with additional stations in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The service, called All Aboard Florida, has already begun preliminary construction on the 235-mile route, including an iconic station in downtown Miami.

The Miami Herald published this rendering (see below) of what the station, ringed by new condo towers, could look like (the site is currently a surface parking lot). The All Aboard Florida station would connect to Miami's other rapid-transit services — Metrorail and Metromover — via elevated walkways.

The new high-rises would offer two levels of retail space, with big glass windows that will encourage walking in the downtown core. The station itself is being designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, which are responsible for the new One World Trade Center skyscraper in Manhattan.

Service between Miami and West Palm Beach could begin by 2016—with trains traveling up to 110 miles per hour—and from Miami to Orlando by 2017, with trains traveling up to 125 miles per hour through central Florida.

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