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MIA Mover

MIA Mover
MIA Mover en route to the MIA Station
Type People mover
Status Currently Operating
Locale Miami International Airport
Termini MIA Central Terminal
Miami Central Station
Stations 2
Services 1
Opening September 9, 2011
Operator(s) Miami-Dade Transit
Rolling stock Mitsubishi Crystal Mover vehicles
Line length 1.27 miles (2.04 km)[1]
Highest elevation Elevated

The MIA Mover is an automated people mover (APM) system which opened at the Miami International Airport (MIA) in metropolitan Miami, Florida, United States on September 9, 2011. The MIA Mover is designed to quickly transport passengers between Miami International Airport's Main Terminal and the Miami Central Station and Rental Car Center, as part of the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC).[2]


By 2007, construction of a people mover instead of an extension of the existing Metrorail system to the airport became the preferred option for local authorities to provide greater connectivity to the airport terminals (Metrorail will connect at Miami Central Station).[3] On March 2, 2009, ground was officially broken for the project.[4] Projected to transport 48,000 daily visitors by 2020, the MIA Mover construction utilized design-build methods and was paid for from a combination of revenue from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department’s Capital Improvement Program and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).[1][4]


Rendering of the now completed Miami Central Station

Costing an estimated $259 million to complete, the 1.27 miles (2.04 km) link travels east from the MIA Station, to Central Boulevard and finally to NW 21st Street, where it curves north into the MIC Station.[1][5] The concrete guideways are generally elevated an average of 40 feet (12 m) above grade and are supported by concrete piers every 120 feet (37 m).[6] The vehicles used are Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Crystal Movers.


The MIA Mover has two stations: the MIC Station and the MIA Station.

'MIC Station' The MIC Station is the eastern terminus of the line located on the fourth floor of the Miami Intermodal Center.[5] The station contains direct access to both the Rental Car Center in addition to connecting by skywalk to the Miami Central Station where connections can be made to Metrorail, Amtrak, Tri-Rail, buses and taxicabs.[5] The station is being constructed by FDOT.[1]

'MIA Station' The MIA Station is the western terminus of the line located on the third floor of the main terminal building between the Flamingo and Dolphin Parking Garages.[5] Constructed by MDAD, a storage and maintenance facility for the APM vehicles is located beneath the MIA Station.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Schroeder, (2009) p. 128.
  2. ^ Miami-Dade Aviation Department. "Miami International Airport: MIA Mover & Rental Car Center (RCC)". Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ Lebowitz, Larry (February 9, 2007). "People mover favored for MIA". The Miami Herald. 
  4. ^ a b Staff Reporters (March 2, 2009). "MIA Mover breaks ground". South Florida Business Journal. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d Miami Intermodal Center. "Miami Intermodal Center: MIA Mover". Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  6. ^ Schroeder, (2009) p. 129.


  • Schroeder, B.M. "MIA Mover APM: A Fixed Facilities Design-Build Perspective." Automated People Movers, 2009: Connecting People, Connecting Places, Connecting Modes: Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference, May 31-June 3, 2009 : Atlanta, Georgia. Ed. Robert R. Griebenow. American Society of Civil Engineers.
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