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Tri-Rail Expansion Along Northeast Corridor Is Delayed For Now Over Who Would Run The Trains

Pedro Portal
El Nuevo Herald
The government-run commuter line Tri-Rail may start a second line east of I-95, but studies needed for the venture are on hold as a for-profit rail company decides whether it would rather offer the service instead.

A state agency has halted a study needed for Tri-Rail to launch a northeast commuter line running between Miami and Aventura as local officials await a decision on who would run the trains.

The long-sought “Northeast” commuter route would run on tracks being installed for the Brightline railway that’s slated to launch service between West Palm Beach and Miami by the end of 2017. Miami-Dade had planned to subsidize Tri-Rail operating on the same tracks but serving more local stops, including Aventura and North Miami Beach.

That strategy ran into trouble recently when Brightline, a for-profit company, told Miami-Dade it might want to operate the commuter line itself, said Alice Bravo, the county’s transportation director.

Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald.