World Class Infrastructure
Miami-Dade offers world class infrastructure providing for unmatched accessibility throughout the County and the rest of the world.
Miami International Airport (MIA)
Miami International Airport (MIA) handles over 40 million passengers per year, making it one of the central U.S. hubs for air travel. MIA’s air service network has multiple daily scheduled flights covering approximately 150 cities over four continents through 90-plus scheduled and chartered airlines. In 2012, MIA was ranked first among U.S. airports in international freight and second in international passengers.
MIA’s $6.4 billion Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is well underway, encompassing all aspects of airport operations, from the terminal and roadways to the cargo facilities and the airfield. The CIP will include a new fourth runway; 4 million square feet of new terminal with 130 new gates (100 international, 30 domestic), 556 ticket counters and 120 self-service check-in devices; improved road access and signage on the central boulevard; and a new train that connects the airport with the Miami Intermodal Center.
PortMiami is among America’s busiest ports and recognized throughout the world with the dual distinction of being the “Cruise Capital of the World” and the “Cargo Gateway of the Americas.” It handles more than 25 shipping lines calling on approximately 100 countries and 250 ports around the world.
The Port is currently undergoing a multi-phase Capital Improvement Plan that includes a twin-tube tunnel directly linked to the interstate highway system; an on-dock rail system providing direct rail access; and a deep dredge project that will widen and deepen the channel to 50 feet in order to accommodate Post Panamax ships, the largest class of cargo vessels. This will make PortMiami the first port of call on the eastern coast of the U.S. with this capability.
Florida East Coast Railway’s (FEC) Miami ramp terminal facility is the company’s largest and busiest facility in the State of Florida. Located conveniently close to PortMiami, steamship line customers are able to use the intermodal service to get their cargo to and from their customers in a timely and efficient manner. With an In Bond Department located at the ramp terminal and day-to-day interaction with the Customs Service, FEC offers unique and speedy handling of all customer needs.
Miami-Dade County is served by an extensive network of roads and highways that connect major employment hubs with Miami International Airport and PortMiami, as well as residential suburbs and popular visitor attractions from the Everglades to Miami Beach.
The County’s highway system includes the Florida Turnpike, Interstate 95, Interstate 75, and a network of Florida State Roads, including the Palmetto Expressway (SR 826), Dolphin Expressway (SR 836), Turnpike Homestead Extension (SR 821), Don Shula Expressway (SR 874), and Snapper Creek Expressway (SR 878). Among the twelve largest urban statistical areas in the United States, Miami has the most efficient, lowest-impact road system of all according to a ranking by Road Network Efficiency.
Miami-Dade County is also served by a growing public transportation system that reaches across the County and includes the Metromover, Metrorail, Metrobus and an expanding trolley network. Downtown Miami is served by the Metromover, a 4.4-mile elevated tram system that connects the central business district and financial district to the entertainment district with museums, a performance arts center and the American Airlines arena. The Metromover interconnects with Metrorail and Metrobus and has direct access to Miami International Airport. The Metrorail is a 22-mile, 22-station elevated commuter rail line that runs from Hialeah to Downtown Miami and south to Dadeland. Metrobus operates more than 90 routes with close to 1,000 buses covering 41 million miles per year. Beaches and other tourist hotspots are well served. Equipped with luggage racks, a new Airport Flyer express bus runs every 30 minutes from MIA to South Beach via 41st Street and Collins Avenue. The rest of the County is served by a bus and trolley network. In addition, several municipalities have their own trolley system connecting commercial and retail areas.
Outsourcing IT functions to off-site data centers has been around for more than a decade, but recent growth in cloud-based applications has accelerated storage needs and data throughput rates, thus heightening demand for data center operations. Miami is ranked as one of the top five most connected cities in the world, ahead of San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, DC., and given Miami’s unique geographical location, it serves as the international gateway for Latin American international voice, video and data traffic.
Several major data centers, including Verizon Terremark’s NAP of the Americas® and Telefónica USA’s Key Center, provide the needed telecommunications infrastructure that attracts and supports the operations of global carriers, Internet infrastructure providers, government agencies, educational institutions and leading businesses. The NAP of the Americas is a 750,000 square foot Tier-IV facility, and was the first purpose-built, carrier-neutral Network Access Point and is the only facility of its kind specifically designed to link Latin America with the rest of the world. Other local data centers include ColoHouse, Miami Data Vault, QTS, Telx MIA1 and zColo.