MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Getting from Miami International Airport to the rental car center and other ground transportation is a lot easier for travelers this weekend. All they have to do is take the train, known as the MIA mover, a quarter-billion dollar component in creating a transportation linking air travel and ground travel.

The train stretches for a little more than a mile and reaches top speeds of about 40 miles per hour, and links the terminal to the Miami Intermodal Center, a bureaucratic name for a giant transportation hub that services car rental at present, but will eventually link travelers to MetroRail, Tri-Rail, intercity bus service, Amtrak, and private transportation services.

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The rental car center has been open for about a year. The county is working on extending MetroRail to the site by next April, and the entire 27 acre project is set to be complete by 2013.

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Airport officials said the MIA Mover can handle up to 3 thousand passengers an hour, replacing what had been a rental-car shuttle bus operation with 14 hundred trips a day through the congested airport.

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Now, instead of waiting for a rental car bus to arrive, travelers take an elevator to the Airport’s internal train service, which connects to the MIA Mover.