After 15 Months, Tier 1 Analysis Of Beach Link Corridor Complete: First Look

Will the Miami Beach rapid transit connection being built as part of the SMART plan be Monorail, PRT, or something else? Located on the MacArthur Causeway or Julia Tuttle?

Miami-Dade officials held a public kick-off meeting on Monday where they provided an update on plans to build the Beach Corridor rapid transit system connecting Miami Beach and the mainland. Those questions are now being studied, they said.

The county completed a Tier 1 analysis of the project in August, and commenced Tier 2 as of that date, they said. The Tier 1 study began in May 2017 and took 15 months to complete.

In the Tier 1 analysis, eight possible technologies were analyzed. Two possible options were eliminated: Aerial Cable Transit was rejected due to lack of modal integration, low speed, insufficient capacity, safety, and impacts to viewsheds. Heavy Rail Transit was also eliminated because of impacts to historic/downtown properties (due to required turn radii), and cost/feasibility.

In the Tier 1 analysis, Miami Avenue was identified as the preferred corridor on the Miami side. The analysis also eliminated was the possibility of building at grade on the south side of I-395, since it would remove a traffic lane.

For Tier 2 analysis, the technologies being evaluated are Monorail, Metromover/AGT, BRT/Express Bus, LRT/Streetcar, and Personal Rapid Transit (PRT was not included in Tier 1 analysis). The expanded Tier 2 also will study the possibility of placing the link on the Julia Tuttle Causeway connected to the Convention Center, instead of via the MacArthur Causeway.

The county schedule assumes an Environmental Impact Statement process with a locally preferred alternative identified in the Summer of 2019. The Locally Preferred Alternative then moves through the federal National Environmental Policy Act requirements for ultimate entry into the Federal Transit Administration funding process in the Summer of 2020.

 

The presentation made to the public on Monday:

 

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Anonymous

Metromover to Wynwood, Midtown, Edgewater and the Beach!

The Mayor

Not happening, makes too much sense..

Anonymous

How does building a new transit facility along Biscayne Blvd hurt the environment? The entire area is paved over with asphalt and sidewalks already…

Anonymous

It makes no sense when Coastal Link is already a few blocks away. The OP is just a cheapskate who wants others to pay for his free elevated shuttle.

Anonymous

Yeah creating easy means of transportation for tourist to Miami’s main attractions is a horrible idea….

Anonymous

Metromover doesn’t serve tourists. It serves Greater Downtown Miami residents and workers.

Anonymous

Yep triple or quad car it for that route.

Anonymous

I agree wholeheartedly; although negotiating the ROW/the cost of elevating over the FEC may make that cost prohibitive in the short term (I imagine that’s part of why the Omni line terminates where it does). THAT ISSUE alone may be worth studying. The rest is so obvious it should be a crime to bury it in years of environmental review.

Anonymous

The comments up above are correct, a Metromover connecting the beach and the mainland make too much sense but that should be precisely why it gets build. An analysis to choose the mode of transportation is not needed. We already have a Metromover that is working just fine in Downtown, a study to expand it, figure out the exact cost, hiring the contractors, and coming up with a specific time table for completion, now that is definitely needed.

Anonymous

The fact they are even considering a Monorail is a joke. They need to get their act together and get something built, and quickly.

Anonymous

Monorail is not a joke. This link shows a Baylink proposal and examples of its use around the world and how they are funded. http://bit.ly/rrcFP6

Anonymous

They’ll need to make an express to the Beach otherwise it’s going to take forever to get there from Government center.

Anonymous

Too slow.

Suomynona

PRT, metro mover on wheels. Same thing. Just cheaper to build due to no “rails”.

Anonymous

Look, the answer is simple, the Miami Central station has been built and the Metrorail and Metromover connects to it. Miami already has the infrastructure in place. Just build a Metromover extension along the MacArthur Causeway into Miami Beach. What’s the study after study for? 15 months? Heck Melo builds 33 story towers in less time than that.

Anonymous

I went to the meeting and had a conversation with the planners that were there. The plan is to widen the south side of road and run Metromover at grade if that is chosen as the locally preferred alternative. All other options would be sub par except for maybe light rail but they said that this would be the most expensive choice of all followed by a fully elevated metromover expansion.

Anonymous

also, most of the people at the meeting said that they should run an express bus route from Omni station via the Venetian causeway during the meantime to increase the speed it takes to get to 17th street and above, as right now routes either take the Julia tuttle or the MacArthur

Anonymous

The Venetian causeway was not ever meant to support mass transit options to the beach…the residents would fight any traffic increases with lawsuit after lawsuit … a direct line parallel to mcarthur causeway is 20 years late …. no more bandaids

Anonymous

Studies studies studies studies studies….everything here is years of useless time wasted with study after study…. not one leader exists in Miami political circle

The Mayor

Relax, they are only on the Tier 2 step, from what I hear it’s about 10 Tiers and then start from the beginning again because Gimenez will probably want Personal Balloon System or something…

Anonymous

In Tier 3 planners determine where to go for dinner. Mexican is identified as too heavy, with several needing to wake up early. Sushi is evaluated along Miami Ave, but no viable option could be found. Ultimately a plan to order Uber Eats individually is accepted.

Anonymous

But uber eats gets stuck in traffic…..

Anonymous

I believe you are being sarcastic but this being Miami-Dade you might be telling the truth.

transplant

Someone call the Feds on the whole clown show down here. What a joke.

Oh and they still owe constituents about a $1 billion in heavy rail expansion they promised about a decade ago.

Anonymous

Time and taxpayers money.

Annoyed in Broward

Up here in broward they spent $100s of millions on the Wave(streetcar) “study” and at the end nothing got built…

dear Dade residents…appreciate your politicians for as bad as you think you have it, trust me it can get worse.

Anonymous

And this my friends is why we won’t see google amazon or other tech giants committing resources to Miami like you’ve been reading about in Texas Virginia and New York…. we will be passed over because no movement at all to improve infrastructure here…. very very troubling

Anonymous

Carlos Gimenez and Rick Scott still think that a powerpoint presentation with pictures of a fake flamingo, came 8, and Ocean Drive is all it takes to attract the tech giants to invest in South Florida.

stop with the pettiness

Hahaha nice talking points.. Rick Scott has done more for this state than any other governor has done for the their respected state…I’ll give you Dade is a circus but that isn’t Scott’s fault (just like broward). The state is booming with businesses leaving high taxed states for our business environment.

Also this hardon y’all get for “tech giants” is uneducated. Look what Amazon has done to Seattle…! Why would you want that for Miami…You want to talk about affordable housing, standards of living, and homelessness??

I prefer small business growth and if we have to have big business, I prefer those that actually supports and builds communities… I’m not a Disney fan, but they’ve done a lot more for a State(Fl) than Amazon has done for their state(WA). Also did you not see all the consessions NY had to give Amazon, the residents were not pleased, do your hw. You can even look up who I assume is your idol, socialist Alex Cortez, said about Amazon’s NY deal.

In conclusion, screw big tech, and thank you Rick Scott!

Anonymous

Keep your tech giants and their tax breaks, not needed here

marc

Removing heavy rail as an option is only about the money and the other reasons are just excuses. Having a heavy rail line going straight east from Culmer on to at least 5th on the beach has no turn issues. From that station you can go on with a mover loop throughout the beach. They already know what they want or don’t want. This is all the usual dog and pony show.

Anonymous

This is the most important post, EVER.

Anonymous

Elevated rail is the best option.

Anonymous

Elevated rail all the way from South Beach to Doral.

Anonymous

Go home doral, you’re drunk.

Oscar

That it takes 15 months to determine that aerial cable transit is a bad idea because it lacks modal integration, moves slowly, has low capacity, and would impact sight lines — when there’s plenty of free and readily available data on that all over the Internet — is exactly why people get fed up with government.

Spoiler alert for Tier 2: Personal Rapid Transit is not feasible because of many of the same reasons above plus it’s too nascent a technology, and the MacArthur Causeway alignment is preferable because of higher densities and projected ridership.

Oscar

I’ll take my multi-million-dollar consulting check in the mail, please.

Anonymous

Then they will suggest Light Rail, then they will realize that they got to 80% engineering plans with at-grade light rail that stops at all the same lights and sits in the same traffic and ends up being slower and more expensive.

Anonymous

Use triple cars on the metromover for a wynwood and Miami Beach route

Anonymous

Other cities are expanding their rail lines, meanwhile Miami has study after study.

Anonymous

Baylink was first proposed I think in 1999. We’re about to go into the year 2019. That will be twenty years since they first started discussing a rail system to Miami Beach. Imagine the amount of money that could’ve been saved even if they would’ve started building a Baylink system in 2005?!

Anonymous

Baylink went through the same process re route choice and systems. They could have saved time and money by dredging up those old recommendations. It would have told them basically the same things they learned in this most recent waste of time and money.

Polo

We all going to be DEAD by the time a link to Miami Beach is build!

Alex

Yep

Anonymous

Not dead;just underwater.

Anonymous

Look, how long are you going to DISCUSS THIS CRAP!!!

Anonymous

Until Miami Beach is underwater

Anonymous

let me guess, over a billion dollars just to cross the bay on a already paved roadway. CORRUPTION

Anonymous

more like 600MM but whats another 400MM its all just paper at the end of the day.

Anonymous

At grade rail will be stupid and take away lanes and people will drive on those lanes when they don’t see the train coming. Unless its concreted off from the rest of the highway.

Anonymous

All these studies to point out a Cable system and heavy rail are not the preferred systems!! Waste of Money.

Kiranmai Chirumilla, Odalys Delgado & Yvette Holt…What are you guys doing? You are wasting our money and time!!!

Anonymous

Did anybody tell these idiotic officials in Miami that cars and other vehicles burning fossil fuel is dumping major carbon monoxide into the atmosphere and one of the serious consequences of that is sea level rise which is apparent when we see heavy flooding on the streets of Miami and Miami Beach during heavy rains?

We humans are running out of time to reduce the number of the cars and other vehicles off the road.

Anonymous

Go home Al, your high.

Anonymous

I’m not on oxycontin like you Rush.

Anonymous

Unless it’s upgraded into a proper AGT train, Metromover is shit. Too bad Metrorail as an option was eliminated for the most arbitrary reason, but at least Gimenez’s retarded ropeway idea was shot down, too.

Anonymous

This will NEVER, EVER be built. This city likes to hang carrots for ignorant consumers.

Alex

I’m old enough to remember when I used to get excited about hearing the possibility of this ever happening. ( Studies for Baylink have been going on for about 20 years).

Now, it’s just sad how Miamians have the same conversations / arguments about which mode would be a better fit for Baylink while they just sit back and laugh at us falling for the same ol same ol Baylink pipe dream.

I love Miami but we have a long way to go when it comes to getting things done right.

Oh, and if it finally does get approved, don’t be surprised if it’s a BRT. What seems to be the least favored mode amongst all of us.

Kami

Completely agree with this. Miami politicians remind me of Brazilian and other Latin politicians. They have no long term vision, only thinking of their own careers. It’s sad and it’s the reason why Latin American countries will never reach European/Asian standards.

Anonymous

Just extend the Metro Mover from Museum Station since it’s already connected to the rail infrastructure.

Anonymous

As long as Miami Highways are packed with cars Clicking that Sunpass everyday, there will be no need to expand an alternative!! MAximum Profit!!
You gotta buy that gasoline, otherwise why are we Bombing third world Countries for?!? Freedom they said!!LOL!

Anonymous

Dumb comment. Ignorant

Anonymous

Ignorant?!?! Why would city of Miami officials want to reduce revenue from Highways to lose money building trains..it seems my comment is not the only dumb thing on here!

Anonymous

Lol but your acknowledge your comment is dumb??!

Anonymous

Get with times – America is the world’s biggest oil producer now and soon to be the world’s biggest oil exporter – no need to bomb anymore

Anonymous

PRT with contraflow lanes like the Lincoln Tunnel has for buses.

Anonymous

The MacAuther makes more sense.

Anonymous

MIami transit needs to run lateen into the night…we are a nightlife city

Bryan

Dog and Pony show. Every corridor but the NE corridor is getting BRT. It’s a done deal folks. The checks have been cut. If you search hard enough you can find the plans for each corridor (ie stations, and lane usage). If your corridor doesn’t agree to the BRT, good luck the next few decades. Hopefully, we even get the BRT as promised. Based on history of MDT, doubtful. Another day in paradise.

Anonymous

Metromover to South Beach and beyond please!

CEC

Any transportation system that is not elevated is a waste of money. If there is only enough money to add one more stop to either the Metrorail system or the Metromover, then so be it: at least the expenditure would effective and permanent. Any “study” that includes buses is a joke. Spend the money allocated for a new “study” on an extension of either of the existing systems. In particular, if there is not enough money to build 80 miles of elevated tracks, build one mile. Once construction is underway the county can look for other sources of funds to continue additions.

Anonymous

The 10 million dollar study is important to make sure the homeless trail from downtown to Miami Beach is not impeded

Anonymous

Absurd bureaucratic waste of time, surprised they didn’t include teleportation.

John

Jesus Christ. Connect the orange line from Miami international to a metro rail train that goes into Miami Beach. Just imagine taking the orange line in south beach to go straight to Miami international. Or getting off the airplane and then after the train transfer jumping into the orange line going straight into south beach. Run the orange line under Washington Avenue or Collins Avenue. Make the last stop be Lincoln mall or Collins by Lincoln mall. Do it.