Brightline Trains Will Soon Be Rolling Through This Clogged Midtown Miami Intersection (Photos)

It could be a matter of weeks before Brightline trains begin regularly rolling through one of Miami’s most traffic-clogged intersections.

Cargo trains already use the tracks, but rarely operate.

Eventually, the same tracks could also be used for the Northeast Line (as part of the Smart Plan), as well as the Tri-Rail Coastal Link service.

Double tracking was recently completed to allow for Brightline service:

Cars are regularly stopped on the tracks due to heavy traffic congestion:

A sign says that pedestrians are prohibited. Brightline’s parent company owns the right-of-way and arrests pedestrians for trespassing in some areas:

Further south, there are up to four tracks ahead of the ascent into MiamiCentral:

 

 

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BOVO for Mayor

I can just imagine the morons stopping in between the tracks during rush hour! Mark my words, a very bad accident will happen in this intersection in the coming months.

Anonymous

on day one……..

Anonymous

Vegas odd makers agree.

mitch

Good! Sometimes only after getting hit they will learn the lesson; if they do survive.

William

As the trains approach this intersection.. they will be going much slower. I doubt a bad accident. There will be some incidents but not as bad as folks think. And remember that the trains already run on those tracks. And the fecr right of way has existed for a 100 years.

Anonymous

The trains do travel through here regularly but no one obeys the law.Everyone parks their car on the tracks and disregard the surroundings while on their phone.
They have no chance against the quieter Bright-line Trains, it will be sad but is just Darwin’s Law.

Anonymous

It is call KARMA…

Anonymous

Unfortunately there are more cars and mentally challenged drivers than there were decades ago. Odds are there will be blood on the tracks. And broken smartphones.

Anonymous

Lets the games begin!!!

Anonymous

Does anyone else notice that all the REALLY bad drivers in this town, all have “I Am MDC’ stickers on their cars?

Anonymous

…Because a train going at ANY speed vs a stationary car won’t somehow be BAD for the car occupants. Someone needs to pick up a physics book. LOL

Anonymous

Brightline trains are not slowing dramatically through intersections. That defeats the whole purpose of a fast train. Idiot drivers have to understand the issue and yield to the trains. No doubt there will be some accidents because of Miami’s very high % of idiot, ignorant, rude, law-breaking drivers.

Anonymous

Of course next month when the train starts coming to Miami it will be an bloodbath.

Anonymous

This is why we need light rail.. up Biscayne from downtown. Instead, we’ll keep building condos with hundreds of car parking spaces each.

Anonymous

This is a false dichotomy. Miami needs both local and regional trains. We don’t have to choose between one or the other.

Anonymous

Yes, the Coastal Link should be built as well… But that’s commuter rail.

Light rail on Biscayne (or NE 2nd) can replace many local trips.

Anonymous

A rail line on Biscayne will only make matters worse. Removing traffic lanes will only exacerbate an already dismal situation.

Anonymous

THIS, ALL OF THIS.

I commute from Ne 15th to Aventura (209th) and Biscayne needs a light rail like YESTERDAY. It would completely activate the corridor and reduce traffic by a ton!

Anonymous

Soon you should be able to catch a Trirail train running on those FCC tracks. So far it appears Brightline won’t be stopping in Aventura (a major omission since a station across from the mall would be well-served).

Anonymous

Coastal Link would surely have a station near Aventura Mall with the tracks being right there on other side of Biscayne Blvd. Coastal Link would essentially run as a local train with Brightline being the express. I think it’s good to keep the Brightline stops to a minimum or its speed aspect would be eliminated, though they could always throw in one stop like Aventura or Boca/Delray between the main stops if the market demands.

Anonymous

Define soon…. There are no plans for this to happen… say in the next year, or two.

ROBERT

Brightline can’t stop at Aventura, that’s the job of local distributor/collector services, local bus, metromover, commuter rail. Brightline is HrSR, minimum stop and intercity.

Anonymous

Since Brightline owns the tracks, it can do anything it wants. Aventura Mall is the second largest indoor mall in the U.S. I think putting a stop there would be smart for both Brightline and the mall– especially if the Soffers share the cost of building a station and pedestrian bridge across Biscayne Blvd to the mall. Plus, giving people an option to ditch their cars to get to the mall would reduce gridlock in that neck of the woods.

Anonymous

Solution is a stop in 30th St that purposefully serves both Wynwood, and Midtown. Anything east of 95 should be built w/o parking

Anonymous

What a logical statement.

Common Sense Posting

Totally agree. They should expand the metro rail or even the people mover past the Canvas development and have two stops, one around 25th street for Wynwood and then one half a mile down for Midtown and Design District.

It would completely change Miami. The mainland core would be entirely connected!

Anonymous

I Beleive there is a stop planned for that area .

No stop in Midtown

The dopes at Midtown Miami have no plans for a train stop between NE 29 and NE 36. Worse. (It was discussed 15 years ago but never got done). Midtown is now built up or allocated and no stop can be located between 29 and 36. Dopes.

mitch

It is a fact that Brightline trains take just about the same time to clear an intersection as a regular red light do take to go back to green; and trains would pass by the intersection less times that a traffic light changes in a day. We just need to get used to see the trains rolling by and obey traffic and rail signals. This is not anything new, we just need to get used to it.

Anonymous

Train haters on the loose.

Anonymous

I really don’t understand what is happening in south Florida, it should be called “South Complaining Florida”

Anonymous

What’s up with the subtle shade in the title?
Lol

Anonymous

Explain?

Local Resident

The problem is the red light to go to Miami Beach. It only lets 5 cars at a time for vehicles on 36 ST. Although Biscayne BLvd sees a lot of traffic, the light on 36 ST should be extended to allow more vehicles. Also sometimes it is hard not being on the train tracks because if you wait until 36 st is cleared up when coming from the north side, cars from the south side will get in front of you and you will never be able to get onto 36 st.

Anonymous

Let the idiot remover ROLL!!!

Anonymous

Stay OFF the tracks! That is all you need. Been the same basic safety rule for more than a hundred years now.

DeezNutz

LETS COMPLAIN ABOUT NOT HAVING ENOUGH TRANSIT OPTIONS… TRANSIT ARRIVES, OHHHH NOOO.. BUT NOT LIKE THAT…. MAKE UP UR MINDS!

mike

In 2015, Melbourne, Australia established the Level Crossing Removal Authority to oversee grade separation at 50 highly trafficked level crossings. It is high time for Miami to pursue a similar course of action.
http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

Anonymous

ha…..around here that will require 25 years of studies….!!!!

Anonymous

The United States has been aggressively removing crossings for decades.

Yohan Perez

Normal day, it takes 20mts to cross the signal. I shudder to think what happens when BL starts.

Anonymous

Ride a bike.

Ron

Perhaps the insurance companies could come with a new clause stating that if you were to get clobbered by a train because you wanted to be a dumb ass and got caught on the tracks, no insurance coverage will be available due to your negligence. Also if the insurance company finds out that a ticket was issued for being on the tracks, your rates would go immediately.

Common Sense Posting

I don’t know enough about rails, but seems like the solution might be to start building elevated tracks over these busy crossings

Anonymous

No. This makes the solution worse. Miami is urban and we need at grade infrastructure that is friendly to pedestrians.

Anonymous

Either side of the tracks are cutoff from each other due to the on grade setup. Raising the tracks above the road or the road below the tracks would leave pedstration crossing access while increasing the safety of all the drivers.

Anonymous

Plus, it would alleviate some of the gridlock at that intersection which I believe was called the worst in the county.

Anonymous

Build a bridge over the major intersections. I cannot believe a high speed train is going to travel through all that traffic.

Anonymous

It’s not high speed.

Oscar

Hear you but it’s likely cheaper to just cut-and-cover and build the road under the tracks. I believe they’ve done something along those lines on Okeechobee Rd in Hialeah.

Dunlap

Elevated is the way to go but the politicians always screaming how expensive they are..

Anonymous

Thoughtful taxppayers scream about how expensive this would be.

Anonymous

as would Urbanists.

Anonymous

That could be an option, them 195 has to go underground, which will be fantastic.

Anonymous

36st has to go underground.

Anonymous

Could be??? It for sure will be and the so will the TriRail.. Thank goodness

Roy Roy

They will come up with a fix for the intersection after a few people have been cut to pieces.

Anonymous

I wrote on this site years ago about the congestion and safety issues all this train tragic will create. But I new in typical Miami fashion, they’d feel the need to either elevate or build tunnels after the fact.

Just sit and wait.

And I’m one of the biggest supporters of the train.

Predictable

Disaster now. When the trains start running the problems will be worse.

Madonna

So far only people have been hit in Broward!

Anonymous

This is going to be a very big problem for Brightline as well as for anyone who travels from downtown to the Design District. It’s amazing that now – just before service begins – people are asking about this intersection. Another “Way to go” moment for the politicians of south Florida.

Anonymous

Politicians are not transportation experts.. and this is a private railroad… what do they have to do with this?

Let the experts handle it.

Anonymous

A station would be a great idea with the new Walmart being built it will be a perfect fit.

Anonymous

Eww…

Walmart dead in the water

Grant Stern has been doing a great job keeping Walmart from opening in Midtown Miami.

Sean

How is it possible that this is happening when that intersection clearly isnt ready for it?? AccidentS(!) are gonna happen for sure.
Im all for trains going thru the intersection but in that case the appropriate safety measures should be applied. Shouldnt it be brightlines responsibility with the new fast trains? I guess the money is used for anything but safety ( accident history)!!?

Does anyone know at what speed they will go thru? The cargotrains atleast are going slow there…

Anonymous

Relax Sean…it’s going to be okay.
Look at the pictures Sean. See the red lights, those black and white gates, and those signs that say Railroad X-ing?
Those are also known as appropriate safety measures.
You see, just before a train comes, the red lights flash, the black and white gates block the road, and loud bells make a dinging noise.
It is very easy to predict the path of the train. They ride on these things called “tracks”.
If you miss all this…the train is painted a VERY bright yellow and it will enter the intersection either from the north or the south.
If anyone gets hit by a train in this intersection, please don’t call it an accident.

Anonymous

Great explanation……if someone still does not understand, they may wan to try standing in the tracks when the train comes.