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Plans for Tri-Rail’s downtown link on track – Miami Today

With most of the partner agreements in place, final details are being smoothed out for Tri-Rail commuter service to steam into downtown Miami before the end of next year.

“We are looking at insurance issues we’ll have to deal with in the future, and we got All Aboard Florida to give us a tour of its Miami station,” said Jack Stephens, executive director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Tri-Rail’s parent.

“It’s amazing. By this time next year they expect to be in service [to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach] and told us we would not be far behind in completion of our part of the station,” he said.

That means Tri-Rail trains could be in service as early as the fall of 2017 “which is what I’m hoping for, assuming no glitches,” Mr. Stephens said.

The insurance underwriters were impressed by progress on the station, he added. “For two years, we have been saying, ‘This is coming.’ Now we can say, ‘This is what it looks like,’ and see if we can get good prices on the insurance we will need.”

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