The Miami International Airport provides an ideal access point to Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, and has been one of the largest airports in the US for many decades. To some it is surprising to learn that MIA has more international travelers come through than other major international hubs like LAX, O’Hare, and DFW. The increasing demand and the need to accommodate a greater flow of passengers, has led the airport to the construction of new terminals, greater facilities for parking, external parking, external rental car agencies, and the organization of ground transportation options within the main entrance loop of the airport for the comfort of the traveler. Of course, complexity is inevitable and the airport has suffered pains from overloading their infrastructure, and routing the flows through the right checkpoints.
The Miami International Airport began restructuring terminals with the purpose of streamlining flows and making travel simpler for tourists الشحن السريع . Terminals were redesigned with wider hallways and rest areas, new connections between terminals were added, and volume efficiencies were put in place for security checkpoints. It seemed for many years, that MIA was different from one month to the next, with areas closed down, diverted traffic, new retail outlets, and even shortcuts that although useful, added to the feeling of being in a labyrinth to reach departure gates.
In late 2012, it was the turn for ground transportation to be restructured. A new facility known as Miami Central Station was opened about a mile and a half east of the airport, with an elevated tram known as the MIA Mover, which connects it to the Main Terminal building of MIA. The purpose of the Miami Central Station is to consolidate the ground transportation services that took up a lot of space within the airport, and a lot of vehicle traffic within the airport loop, including rental cars, and a single access point to transportation services such as Greyhound buses, Miami Metro buses, MetroRail transportation, the Tri Rail system, and Amtrak railways. The project is already in place, and is expected to be completed at some point in 2014.
The new layout of ground transportation alleviates the loop from the traffic of rental car shuttle buses, public transportation buses, and ground links of the various railway services, and simplifies access to all ground transportation options in Miami if you know where you are going.
Rental cars are easy to secure at MIA, and agencies are all together at the Miami Central Station. The new system makes it easier to get to the your car, and be out on the town. A word of caution to people who are unfamiliar with Miami. Driving in Miami can be difficult, not so much in getting around, GPS makes that very easy, but related to parking. Downtown, Miami Beach, and many hotels charge as much as $8.00 an hour for parking, and finding a parking spot can be next to impossible at times. It is a very common experience that visitors that want to participate in the neon nightlife of Miami Beach, drive around for an hour to find a place, and then have to walk 5 blocks to the clubs. Of course, having your own car available gives a sense of control over when and where you go somewhere, and that is of great value as well, and can still make it an excellent choice if those are your priorities.