Baylink Mass Transit Set To Be Released To Bidders Next Month: New Details Revealed

A Request For Proposals to build a mass transit system between downtown Miami and Miami Beach could be sent to bidders as soon as next month, and new details of what the county wants have been released by Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

The system would connect two of the most populated areas in the region.

An alignment that could accommodate a possible future station at Watson Island has been added to the RFP, at the request of the city of Miami. A downtown Miami/Overtown Multimodal Hub or transit
station, as well as a City of Miami Beach Multimodal Hub or transit station should also be built, the request states.

Bus Rapid Transit that uses a dedicated lane on the MacArthur Causeway will also be considered as a cheaper alternative to rail and other technologies, according to the memo from Gimenez. Bus could have an advantage in the bidding, which gives a high ranking for price consideration.

Other technologies that could be built include Monorail and an extension of Metromover.

The RFP is being issued in response to an unsolicited proposal by China’s BYD and Resorts World Miami owner Genting to build a monorail system, which will now face competing proposals.

Opening a competition to private bidders is expected to reduce construction and operating costs. The solicitation could be kept open for six months.

Dade commissioners are scheduled to vote on the RFP at a September 4 meeting.

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iFlyMIA
1 year ago

Give the people what they want.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
1 year ago

Chicken sandwiches????

Anonymous
1 year ago

What we want is an expansion to the Metromover, just build the tracks, everything is already in place.

Anonymous
1 year ago

What about the stations and a new, higher capacity rolling stock? As it is now, Metrorail is more fit for Baylink.

Anonymous
1 year ago

We?
Who is this confederacy of dunces that you speak of?

Anonymous
1 year ago

I want a link
I want a BAY link
Cream buns and doughnuts
And fruitcake with no nuts
So good you could go nuts

No, now

I want the world
I want the whole world
I want to lock it
All up in my pocket
It’s my bar of chocolate
Give it to me now!!!!!!!!

Shawn Kouri
1 year ago

I can’t wait until that is operational. You would never have to worry about parking on Miami Beach ever again. Right now to get to Miami Beach you can only take a car, Taxi, Uber, Lyft, boat, and or Bus. Now there’s more options.

Ya, tu, Sabe
1 year ago

There’s also that Seaplane option 😉

Anonymous
1 year ago

Who would take a seaplane front Watson Island to the beach?

Anonymous
1 year ago

what about a zipline from downtown to the beach?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Best idea yet.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Zip line from the top of skyrise to south beach ?

Anonymous
1 year ago

In the future there will be more options*

Anonymous
1 year ago

No matter what gets proposed…they will go with the bus.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Riiiiight…..there are 1,000 options now. With the $4Billion Baylink, there will 1,001.
They just don’t teach economics in school anymore do they?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Can’t wait to see the proposals, hopefully they will connect with the government center or virgin rail station.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Exactly. I hope Brightline jumps on it and make a Miami Central connection.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The plan is for the system end at the Genting property. If we want this system to connect with Government Center (and it should!!!) we all need to write the commissioners. Send an email to all of them and let them know that for this to useful to residents, we need the system to connect to existing transit. Don’t let this be a free giveway to Genting so they can market a casino to beach monorail. Let’s make this great for all of us. The commissioners below are most likely to support such an effort.

Eileen Higgins district5@miamidade.gov
Xavier Suarez District7@miamidade.gov
Daniella Levine Cava District8@miamidade.gov
Steve Bovo district13@miamidade.gov

Anonymous
1 year ago

Awesome idea.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Nobody takes a freaking bus! And having different trains systems doesn’t help either. It’s a nightmare what the politicians are doing to Miami.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The fact that you say nobody takes the bus means you yourself do not take the bus. If you did, you’d know that plenty of people take the bus. In fact, the S is the busiest route in all of Miami Dade County. And that’s without dedicated bus lanes, sitting in car traffic.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I saw a new model bus today – nice and clean. It stopped right next to me because I was crossing the street from a bus stop. I peaked in, bus was empty and it kept making its stops with nobody waiting for it. lol.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I took a bus for a while. It was always crowded, especially from Miami to Miami Beach.
It sucked for me. It sucked so badly that that it was motivator to never have to take it again. I picked up a second job, created more economic value to society, worked 6am to 8pm 5 days a week and about 6 hours on the weekends.
Now I resent it when little privileged jerks “demand” that I pay for them to ride the “baylink” because they are too good for the bus.
The bus is a great safety net for people who need transportation. For those Americans working hard to get ahead for themselves and their families, it is my duty to help them out.
If you are a spoiled little brat and want to live in luxury…pay for it yourself.

Anonymous
1 year ago

We already are paying for it through the 1/2 cent tax for transportation we approved 17 years ago for Baylink which was promised to us. Now what the politicians have done with “our” money is a different subject.Get off your “holier than thou” attitude just because you are a work slave that worked 76 hours a week.

Anonymous
1 year ago

We?
I did not vote for 1/2 Cent Tax.
Because any serious, thinking person could predict that the politicians would raid that fund.

I’m not “holier than thou” as you have accused me of being…. I’m just a lot smarter than you.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The bay link is a limited point A to Point be connector if it not somehow linked to the metro rail and Ends at Mount Sinai Hospital.
It would take at least three transfers to a person to travel from MIA to somewhere in South Beach.
We can not afford another Carlos Gasoline Gimenez like Mayor in the next elections.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Resort World? The same group that’s done zero with the Omni, Took Two years to tear down the Miami Herald building, failed 7 years getting approvals to license a casino, failed operating a gaming boat. Yes by all means let them solve Miami/Miami Beach’s transit problems…what a waste of time.

Anonymous
1 year ago

This idea has been floating around since 2006 with a stop at Watson Island: http://bit.ly/rrcFP6 It argues that any “solution” such as BRT will only become part of the problem. Mass Trans to succeed must be fast and off the grid. Subways are impossibly expensive today. The only solution: off the grid via monorail or elevated rapid transit.

Anonymous
1 year ago

why is BRT a part of the problem?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Hate to break it to ya buddy, but elevated “rapid transit” is not that much cheaper than “subways.” I use the quotes assuming you’re trying to equate underground heavy rail rapid transit to elevated rapid transit.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Actually the idea is longer than that, the original metrorail design specs that was created in the 70’s included a miami beach line.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I just hope my grandchildren are able to experience this… before we’re underwater. Note: I’m 30 and have no kids yet.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Please – Al Gore has enough money already

Anonymous
1 year ago

About time.
This will open up mass transit to the whole county and would increase ridership throughout.

Anonymous
1 year ago

“Opening a competition to private bidders is expected to reduce construction and operating costs.” ** But you know it won’t !!! LMAO

Anonymous
1 year ago

I still like my idea which is Skyride Gondolas along the MacArthur Cswy !

Anonymous
1 year ago

Imagining connecting Amtrak from NY to MIC which is connected to the Metro Train infrustructure in Miami. The NY Grand Central station will be connected to Miami’s Grand Central

Anonymous
1 year ago

I was fine with it until the rapid bus idea came up. Again, the City wants to go cheap,and half-ass. Metro Mover is outdated and cars are too small and too slow. I say a monorail system is the most appropriate.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Wynwood, should be connected.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
1 year ago

Whatever it is, it needs to be part of Metrorail or Metromover. If not, what’s the point? This shouldn’t be another park and ride.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Carlos Gimenez must go now!!!! Otherwise we will keep hearing this stupid every other week.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Another solution in search of a problem.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Our infrastructure is perfect for the kind of huge ferries and water taxis that operate throughout the Philippines and also in Bangkok,Thailand. Relatively bare bones large vessels holding lots (even hundreds) of passengers and able to offer very low prices anyone easily affords.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Lets get massive transit transportation everywhere …… lets go green

Anonymous
1 year ago

So maybe someone can enlighten me, because I am lost here.

As a soon-to-be resident of Miami, I am trying to wrap my head around all of the different mass-transit options, Metrorail, Metromover, Brightline, etc. I _think_ I get it, but…

Why on earth would this not just be an expansion of one of the existing lines, like the metrorail? I see people here sharing the sentiment that it should, but I am baffled as to why on earth this would be it’s own, separate thing? Is there some history here or something that sheds some light on it?

Anonymous
1 year ago

1..Miami Beach is a narrow barrier island, about 80 blocks long with less than 100,000 residence. Those residents have repeatedly voted against rail to the island.
2..Gov’t trains are run horribly. The Miami politicians sucker transit lovers into paying more taxes, politicians take the money, and then the beauracrats complain that they dont have enough money to run an efficient train system.
3..The existing busses work just fine.
4..only the private transport is reliable (Brightline, Uber, Lyft, etc.)

Anonymous
1 year ago

Metromover should have stations in which both directions board on the same side, the trains are short enough that island platforms are not necessary. Think how much easier it would be connect to a building with both directions boarding on the same side.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Maybe but then you decrease capacity and possibly speed because two trains going in the opposite direction can’t stop at the same station at the same time.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yes two trains can stop at the same station at the same because the trains are short and everything is automated.

Anonymous
1 year ago

It would require rebuilding the entire system to the point Metrorail is more realistic.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Buses -,Jimenez talks buses

Anonymous
1 year ago

A Jimenez le gusta la gasolina

Anonymous
1 year ago

If I lived on the beach I wouldn’t want to take the train and be stuck at the bus station waiting for the casino to open in 2027. Seems like if I took the proposed train to the beach I would still have to take the bus to get to my friends house or the sand. Beach to casino would be a jackpot winner for casino and probably a free ride for customers.

NYC Loves Miami
1 year ago

Correct me if I’m wrong, but wouldn’t it be much faster and less frustrating to have the monorail than the mover or rapid bus transit, especially with the population growth in the future? Monorail from Miami Central to Miami Beach or triple/quadruple connect the metro mover cars.

rdiaz
1 year ago

problem is that there would be Zero integration with existing systems. So it would be a guaranteed transfer. Also that means you need to hire a whole new set of engineers and mechanics to upkeep the new system.

Anonymous
1 year ago

For some reason despite the massive development, local gov’t has no money for mass transit. Improvements will take huge investment.

Anonymous
1 year ago

That’s is the result of low taxes to attract businesses that go to states with higher taxes.

POLO
1 year ago

All we are going to get is a EXPRESS BUS LANE!

John lozano
1 year ago

Extend metro rail. Extend metro rail. Build the damn stations. Bring the orange line to the beach.