Miami Beach Baylink / Light Rail / Streetcar

A little bird told me that at a particular meeting last month it sounded like an old light rail or streetcar project was getting some new energy. He related it specifically to Miami Beach, implying that it was Baylink. This little bird is a very credible source.

Has anyone heard anything?

10 Comments

  1. sandman

    October 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Miami Beach is currently studying a few transit options including:

    -FEVE, a company in Spain, has offered to conduct a study to investigate the feasibility of light rail or streetcar systems in Miami Beach. FEVE is promoting a wireless street car system which charges batteries at stations

    -Baylink: While engineering studies were never funded in 2004 due to opposition from city leaders, the environment today is currently much more favorable

    -Miami-Dade MPO is currently studying the possibility of building premium tolled lanes throughout Dade County and using the proceeds to fund either light rail or BRT throughout the County. Miami Beach wants to ensure that they are considered for one of the potential routes

    Read more from Miami Beach about FEVE and other options:
    http://www.miamibeachfl.gov/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=71797

  2. Sean

    October 13, 2012 at 5:38 am

    sandman, post: 2209, member: 1 wrote: Miami Beach is currently studying a few transit options including:

    -FEVE, a company in Spain, has offered to conduct a study to investigate the feasibility of light rail or streetcar systems in Miami Beach. FEVE is promoting a wireless street car system which charges batteries at stations

    -Baylink: While engineering studies were never funded in 2004 due to opposition from city leaders, the environment today is currently much more favorable

    -Miami-Dade MPO is currently studying the possibility of building premium tolled lanes throughout Dade County and using the proceeds to fund either light rail or BRT throughout the County. Miami Beach wants to ensure that they are considered for one of the potential routes

    Read more from Miami Beach about FEVE and other options:
    http://www.miamibeachfl.gov/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=71797

    Great news

  3. sandman

    December 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Update:

    Miami Beach staff have met with FEVE officials again this week about a potential catenary-free streetcar system that would link the mainland.

    Details:

    [embed]http://www.scribd.com/doc/117041437″]

  4. mechanesthesia

    December 24, 2012 at 10:12 am

    WhichWayUp, post: 3007 wrote: Perfect answer. You must live here. What we need is a better way to get around WITHOUT cars. Baylink will mean that Miami Beach can be a suburb as well as a resort, like Key Biscayne, to Miami. As Miami continues to pop with construction and other industries, Miami Beach on the west side will be the place to live. All pretty exciting.

    I’m not sure about South Beach, but I live around North Beach and there’s rarely any traffic compared to places like Kendall, Hialeah, Doral, or anywhere in the “southwest.”

  5. langbro

    December 27, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Nice article about this project in the Miami Herald today, with a mention of exMiami: http://hrld.us/TDXm30

    Miami Beach may hire Spanish company to study Bay Link alternative

    Miami Beach could hire a Spanish rail company to study the possibility of creating a streetcar system similar to the stalled Bay Link project.

    BY DAVID SMILEY
    [email]DSMILEY@MIAMIHERALD.COM[/email]

    Nearly a decade after a project to connect Miami Beach and the mainland by light-rail fizzled, city leaders may hire a state-owned Spanish railway company to study a new option to link the tourist hub of South Beach to Miami.

    Whether discussions are a dead-end, or the beginning of the next major mass transit debate in Miami Beach, remains to be seen.

    But a Dec. 11 memo about FEVE has generated discussion in the online real estate and development forum exMiami.

  6. Micco Mann

    December 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Light rail isn’t the solution. Anything at-grade will only become part of the problem because the “solution” will take up a traffic lane– and God forbid a trolley breaks down. Construction costs and inconvenience will last for years as the roadway for the light rail must be dug up and strengthened and infrastructure above and below ground realigned. I opt for the BayLink monorail solution where, for the most part, infrastructure realigning and road strengthening is not needed. That solution also sets the north-south run not on crowded, narrow streets, but on beach sand– saving both money, time, and aggravation to everyone living, working, and visiting the Beach.

  7. armandoji

    December 29, 2012 at 2:56 am

    The BayLink project should be separate from Miami Beach’s mass transit system. The Baylink should be a Metrorail line such that a rider can get directly from the MIC to South Beach on the same train. One Metrorail line would run Kendall to Medley, and the second would run airport to South Beach.

  8. Felipe Azenha

    December 31, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Right on Armandoji-metrorail should be extended to Miami Beach and then it should connect to a miami beach light rail system with a dedicated row. The light rail system should be operated by miami dade transit and not the city of miami beach. Parking on miami beach isn’t a problem, lack of transportation alternatives is the real problem.

  9. yellows2k

    January 30, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Beach rail engine sidetrack but fired up

    Discussions among Miami Beach city officials about a light passenger rail linking the mainland to the Beach are on hold — for now.
    The issue did not come up for discussion last week at the city commission’s Finance & Citywide Projects Committee meeting. Instead, officials plan to host a public meeting on the issue, but stressed there is no formal proposal.

    http://miamitodaynews.com/news/130131/story7.shtml

    Also:

    Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower looks to connect a redeveloped Miami Beach Convention Center to a proposed light rail system, which could run through the city.

    Bower told the Business Journal about her interest in incorporating the long-sought transportation project at a public workshop on Tuesday at the MBCC.

    http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/blog/morning-edition/2013/01/light-rail-public-thoughts-focus-at.html

  10. Pawnmaster

    January 30, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Bah. More China Grills will be leaving if they dont incorporate easy travel (without need for parking).

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