Miami’s public transit system is the largest in Florida and the 14th largest in the United States, despite Miami being one of the most sprawling and car dependent cities in the country. Miami-Dade Transit, Florida’s largest transit agency, operates the Metrorail, Metromover (an automated people mover system in downtown Miami), and Metrobus. Tri-Rail operates the region’s commuter rail system. Neighboring Broward and Palm Beach counties each have their own bus systems as well.
The Miami Metrorail opened on May 20, 1984. It is a completely above ground line, with all but a few sections being elevated. The Metrorail now has 23 stations, including connections to the Metromover system, Tri-Rail, and Miami International Airport. The 136 rail cars on the line were manufactured by Budd as part of a joint order between Miami-Dade Transit and the Maryland Department of Transportation.
Tri-Rail commuter rail service was inaugurated in 1989. Today, Tri-Rail has a 71 mile route with 18 stations, including transfers to Miami Metrorail and Amtrak. Although the line originally had single track sections, the line has had double tracked operations in place along its entire length since 2007.