Get To Know Tri-Rail

Illustration of new Tri-Rail trains

Author: Vincent Sciullo

Tri-Rail is South Florida’s commuter rail system, serving Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. It operates 365 days a year across 18 stations, with 6 stations located in Palm Beach County.

With affordable fares, connections to South Florida’s three international airports, free wifi, and onboard areas for luggage and bikes, it’s no surprise that over 14,000 riders per day choose to take the train instead of braving I-95. As a growing region, South Florida can greatly benefit from increased mobility alternatives, which are key to the area’s continued economic vitality and sustained quality of life.

Here are some things to know about how Tri-Rail can improve your commute, and key projects underway to enhance the rider experience.

Employer Discount Program

Tri-Rail’s Employer Discount Program (EDP) offers many advantages to your company at no cost. Designed to motivate employers to provide employees with a public transportation benefit, more than 2,600 South Florida companies are already onboard and are enjoying many of the benefits that the EDP has to offer. As a participating business, you can offer your workers a valuable employee public transit benefit. After enrolling, your employees will be eligible to receive a 15% discount on Monthly and 12-Trip passes. With new federal tax incentives, your company can offer workers pre-tax benefits with payroll deductions. Learn more at https://www.tri-rail.com/pages/view/employer-discount-program-employers.

New Look and New Trains

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) Governing Board approved what is to become the new look for Tri-Rail trains, changing the emblematic “blue skies, white clouds and palm trees” design for the first time since its first unveiling on Tri-Rail trains in 2001. Tri-Rail’s original fleet of coaches were introduced in 1989 matching the green and white specifications of cars used by GO Transit in Canada. The new ‘On Track’ design incorporates Tri-Rail’s logo colors. Some newly wrapped trains have already been put back in service, so be on the lookout for them! In addition to a new look, The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the SFRTA as one of six recipients to be awarded a federal grant to replace aging passenger railcars, as part of a program to improve reliability, safety and accessibility on the nation’s rail transit systems.

SFRTA will receive $71.7 million to replace 24 rail vehicles, representing 32-percent of Tri-Rail’s fleet. The funding will support new locomotives and passenger cars to replace older vehicles that have exceeded or are near the end of their useful life. The total cost of the project is estimated at $179.2 million that requires a local match that the agency will supplement with support from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), unrestrictive reserve funds, and additional federal funds.

MiamiCentral Station

In coordination with multiple partners, Tri-Rail service is being extended into Downtown Miami at the MiamiCentral Station alongside Brightline trains. The 9 mile extension, known as Tri-Rail Downtown Miami Link, will provide passenger service from the South Florida Rail Corridor at Tri-Rail Metrorail Transfer Station to the Florida East Coast railway corridor, into Downtown Miami. This new service is anticipated to begin by the end of 2023. Learn more at https://www.tri-rail.com/pages/view/downtown-miami.

Ride Partner Service

Need a connection to or from the station? Tri-Rail provide a $5.00 discount on Uber or Taxi rides to and from your nearest Tri-Rail Station in Palm Beach and Broward County. This voucher is available 7 days per week during train operating hours for up to two (2) trips per day. Uber/Taxi rides between the West Palm Beach Tri-Rail Station and the Palm Beach International Airport receive a $15.00 discount. Learn more at https://www.tri-rail.com/pages/view/ride-partners.

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