For the past eight years, contractors at the end of the east runway at Miami International Airport have been building a transportation hub that links airline passengers with rails, buses, a people mover, pedestrian walkways, bicycle pathways and roads.
Called the Miami Intermodal Center or MIC for short, the $2 billion complex is the nexus of South Florida’s transportation systems and provides transportation connections that did not exist before.
Constructed in six phases, the MIC enables airline passengers to take an elevated 1.25-mile people mover to and from the airport to a consolidated rental car center and parking garage. Additionally, AMTRAK trains, Tri-Rail trains which service South Florida, the Miami-Dade’s Metromover train, and bus services are now all accessible from the MIC.
Started in 2006, the centerpiece of the MIC is a 3.4 million square foot, four-level rental car center (the equivalent of eight city blocks) to accommodate 6,500 rental cars, 120 fuel positions, 42 wash bays, and storage for 180,000 gallons of fuel. The center opened in July 2010.
Building the massive complex required the use of backhoes, excavators, loaders, mini-excavators, scissor lifts, forklifts, light towers, generators and welders, as well as a variety of aerial equipment.
One of the benefits of the new center was the easing of what once had been massive traffic congestion on the airport roads where passengers are dropped off and picked up. The center’s opening combined multiple car rental shuttle buses into one service. The shared service ended when MIA Mover – the automated elevated train that runs between airport terminals and the MIC – started operations in September 2011.
In July 2012, a new Metrorail MIA station opened as the starting point for the first new line for the county’s heavy-rail system that will run into the southern part of Miami-Dade County.
Miami Central Station, considered the MIC’s crown jewel, opened in late 2014, becoming Miami-Dade's first all-inclusive ground transportation hub and features grade-level tracks for Tri-Rail, AMTRAK, intercity and future high-speed rail service.
Neff Rental’s Miami branch rented the construction equipment used by contractors to build the Miami Intermodal Center. Ask your Neff Rental sales rep about renting equipment for your next airport and rental car facility construction project, and having it delivered on time and, if necessary, receiving 24/7 service. For more information contact Neff Rental or call us at 888-709-6333. We are ready to assist you with your equipment needs.