Then and Now: Metrorail turns 30

  • Courtney DeVane, 2, and her mother, Irene, ride the Metrorail in 1983. MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • The green line Metrorail train arrives at Government Center, while Brickell high rises can be seen in the background. C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • The Metrorail overpass approaching Government Center station in 1983. BATTLE VAUGHAN / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • From left, Michael Scher, Bob Howards and Don Blasberg show a proposed plan for the Metrorail in 1967. DON GAMMON / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • Rapid Transit supporters Ken and Marva Gay Kaltenbach at Dupont Plaza in 1978. GEORGE KOCHANLEC / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • Metrorail construction breaks ground in 1979. JOHN PINEDA / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • Metrorail construction along Northwest 27th Avenue and 79th Street.

  • Workmen remove a casting from a Metrorail platform in 1983. MURRY SILL / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • Andy Kravklis, a structural engineer, checks for cracks during a Metrorail pier cap test in 1983. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • Commuters board the northbound train at Government Center on Friday, May 9, 2014. C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • “All aboard!” yells Uviel Morales, the train conductor from Miami-Dade Transit to passengers boarding the train at the InterModal Station that connects Miami International Airport to the Metrorail. C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • Students from Richmond Heights Junior High ride Metrorail in 1983. BEN BARBER / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • Commuters wait to board the southbound Metrorail train on Friday, May 9, 2014. C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • Riders on their way to a Miami Dolphins game disembark a Metrorail car at the Civic Center Station in 1984. ANDREW INNERARITY / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • The rush hour crowd at 5 p.m. at the Government Center station board the southbound Metrorail trains on Friday, May 9, 2014. C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • From right, Grace Sonkin, Robert Steinfeld and George Ludins ride the Metrorail in 1983. RICK MCCAWLEY / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • Two commuters hustle to board a Metrorail train on Friday, May 9, 2014. Metrorail celebrates its 30th anniversary on May 20. C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • A crowded Metrorail car at the Dadeland South station in 1984. PETE CROSS / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • Commuters board the northbound Metrorail train at Okeechobee Station during Monday morning rush hour. C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • The new airport station of Miami Dade Metrorail is now operational. The Metrorail service celebrates its 30th anniversary on May 20, 2014. C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • Ysela Llort, director of Miami-Dade Transit, at the new InterModal Airport Terminal that connects to Metrorail. C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • The brand new InterModal train station that connects the airport to the Metrorail. C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF