Tri-Rail to run special trains to Marlins games

All aboard, baseball fans. Tri-Rail will run special trains to serve fans attending Marlins home games at night, starting with Wednesday's Opening Day game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

To get to the games, take Tri-Rail to the Metrorail Transfer Station in Hialeah, then switch to Metrorail and continue to Culmer Station in Overtown. From there, board a shuttle provided by Miami-Dade Transit to and from Marlins Park.

Do the reverse on the way home. A special northbound train will depart Tri-Rail's Metrorail Transfer Station about one hour after the games end. A bus will be available at the station for passengers who miss the train.

A special southbound train will depart the Mangonia Park Station north of West Palm Beach at 5 p.m. and stop at every Tri-Rail station along the way to get fans to Saturday night games. Passengers can figure out when the train will stop at each station by adding an hour to the 4 p.m. train schedule at tri-rail.com. On weekdays, passengers can ride the regularly scheduled southbound trains.

The Marlins are paying for the service as a demonstration project.

"We know that based on numerous calls to our customer service representatives, there is a large contingent of Marlins fans who live in Broward and Palm Beach counties who would like to attend the games but are seeking an alternative to the high cost of driving and the scarcity of parking at the stadium," said Joseph Giulietti, executive director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, which runs Tri-Rail.

Cost to ride the special trains will be the same as regular fares, with zoned fares that vary depending on where you board, and flat fares of $5 on the weekends.

Passengers with EASY Cards will pay a $1 transfer fee to board Metrorail and a 50-cent transfer fee to ride the Express Shuttle provided by Miami-Dade Transit to and from Marlins Park. Passengers without EASY Cards can purchase a one-day pass for Metrorail and shuttle connections for $5.

Tri-Rail's customer service call center hours and ticket agent hours will be extended on the nights of weekend games. For more information call 1-800-874-7245.

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