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Miami Intermodal Center

Miami Intermodal Center
Project Type: 
Other Surface Transportation
Sponsor / Borrower: 
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD)
Credit Agreement Status: 
Active
TIFIA Assistance: 
$270 million
Primary Revenue Pledge: 
User Charges
Project Cost Details: 

$2.043 billion

Duration / Status: 

Roadway improvements - Construction began in June 2003 and were completed in May 2008. Rental Car Center - Construction began in July 2007 and reached substantial completion in July 2010 with the facility opening for business on July 13, 2010. Miami International Airport (MIA) Mover - Construction began fall 2009 and went operational on September 9, 2011. Miami Central Station (MCS) - Notice to Proceed received on May 18, 2011 and was opened to the public in February 2015.

Fiscal Year Closed: 
FY1999
Project Description: 

The Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) comprises a multi-year program of ground access improvements to and within MIA. Major project elements include: Miami Central Station (MCS) - Intermodal center for transit (Metrorail), commuter rail (Tri-Rail), Amtrak, and intercity bus services; Rental Car Center (RCC) - New rental car facility consolidating rental car operations at the airport and providing space for 10,000 cars; MIA Mover - Automated airport people mover to connect MIA to the MCS and RCC; and various roadway improvements to improve airport access.

The Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) comprises a multi-year program of ground access improvements to and within MIA. Major project elements include: Miami Central Station (MCS) - Intermodal center for transit (Metrorail), commuter rail (Tri-Rail), Amtrak, and intercity bus services; Rental Car Center (RCC) - New rental car facility consolidating rental car operations at the airport and providing space for 10,000 cars; MIA Mover - Automated airport people mover to connect MIA to the MCS and RCC; and various roadway improvements to improve airport access.

Funding Sources: 
  • Federal Funding (Grants): $6M
  • TIFIA Loan: $270M (capitalized interest of $46M)
  • State Transportation Trust Fund (STTF): $245M
  • Florida State Infrastructure Bank (SIB) Loan: $70M
  • Other State Funding (Grants): $1,048M
  • MDAD funds: $155M
  • Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (toll revenue): $86M
  • Dedicated and Ancillary Revenues (customer facility charges, rent, lease revenue): $117M
Project Delivery / Contract Method: 

Construction Management at Risk

Project Participants: 
None
Project Advisors / Consultants: 

AECOM (Construction Manager) and 82 subconsultants

To USDOT TIFIA JPO:

  • TIFIA Legal Advisor: Nixon Peabody
  • TIFIA Financial Advisor: Montague DeRose
Project Lender(s): 
Bondholders, USDOT TIFIA
TIFIA Credit Assistance Detail: 

The original TIFIA commitment amounted to up to $539 million, comprised of two separate obligations:  1) The FDOT Program Elements loan, which closed on June 9, 2000 for up to $269 million, to be repaid from fuel tax revenues; the loan was prepaid in full on July 3, 2006.  And 2) the Rental Car Facility loan, which closed on April 29, 2005 for up to $170 million, amended to $270 million on August 1, 2007, to be repaid from fees levied on rental car users.

Financial Status: 
TIFIA credit agreements were signed in June 2000 (Roadway improvements) and April 2005 (RCF). The first TIFIA loan was prepaid by FDOT on July 3, 2006 in the amount of $17.1 million including interest, 24 years ahead of the originally scheduled maturity date. Of the $269 million, only $15 million was withdrawn because FDOT replaced it with a more competitive internal loan through the STTF. The second TIFIA loan in the amount of $170 million was approved for the RCC. An additional $100 million was requested and approved in August 2007, bringing the total for the second loan to $270 million. Both loans are expected to reach maturity in 2022.
Innovations: 
  • Use of the Construction Management at Risk (CM) project delivery method that provides the opportunity to begin construction prior to design completion, centralize risk and responsibility under one contract, and guarantee completion of the project at a negotiated price. The CM is compensated in the pre-construction phase by a negotiated fixed fee. After the award of Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) construction contracts, the CM manages a fast-track construction program and construction starts before all design is complete. The CM is required to pre-qualify all subcontractors with all trade contracts being competitively bid. Consequently, all construction work will be competitively procured.
  • A Joint Development program has been established for the MIC to capture the economic development potential in the area and enhance the functionality of the MIC by encouraging public transit use.
Project Contacts: 

MIC Public Affairs Program 
Ric Katz, Manager 
Tel. (305) 879-0559 
JSpoliansky@communikatz.com

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