Reporting Vanessa Borge
MIAMI (CBS4) – Trains, planes, and automobiles.
Miami international Airport has made it easier for tourists to get from the airport to where they can rent a vehicle.
“From now on people will be able to go directly to the rental car center in a much more efficient way,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez during the inauguration of the new MIA Mover, a new light rail people mover which operates between the airport and the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC), which is about a mile and quarter away.
“From plane to train to car that’s basically it,” said airport spokesman Marc Henderson.
With a top speed of 40 miles per hour, the MIA Mover can make the trip to the Rental Car Center at the MIC in about three minutes.
“It’s a nice ride, it’s a great view of downtown Miami and you see how beautiful this place really is,” Gimenez said.
The eco friendly people mover replaces the current shuttle bus service.
“There’s less congestion o the roadway which means 15 percent less emissions, that’s major,” said Henderson.
Visitors arriving at MIA who need to rent a car just grab their luggage and head up to the airport’s third floor between the Flamingo and Dolphin Parking Garages, take an easy ride through the walkway and they’ve made it to the entrance of the people mover.
“You want to get off the plane, get your luggage and enjoy Miami. You don’t want to be hassled, this cuts out this hassle,” Henderson said.
The new MIA Mover officially opens to the public on Friday.