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Miami-Dade renames airport rail project

Posted on June 16, 2010

Formerly known as the Miami Intermodal Center-Earlington Heights Connector, Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) reintroduced its 2.4-mile Metrorail extension project as the AirportLink.

"We wanted to give the project a user-friendly name that really describes its function of providing a rapid transit connection to and from the airport," MDT Director Harpal Kapoor said. "The AirportLink name is an excellent identifier that will be easily understood by visitors and residents alike."

The rail extension, which broke ground in May 2009, will run from Metrorail's existing Earlington Heights station to the Miami Intermodal Center, a centralized transportation hub now under construction at the airport.

The People's Transportation Plan half-penny sales surtax is providing most of the funding for the $526 million AirportLink, with the Florida Department of Transportation contributing $100 million.

MDT's new line is scheduled to open in spring 2012.

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