China Proposing To Fund & Build Maglev Train System In Miami

The Chinese government want to help fund and build a maglev train system in Miami, according to the Herald.

The system is being proposed for the North Corridor segment of Miami-Dade’s Smart Plan. The line would run north along Northwest 27th Avenue, connecting Metrorail to Hard Rock Stadium and possibly running into Broward County.

The maglev technology proposed by China runs at a speed that is closer to traditional heavy rail, unlike higher speed systems used in places such as Shanghai.

China says the system is significantly cheaper to build and maintain than heavy rail. Cost to build would be “half the price” if manufacturing in China is permitted, while the maglev system is also said to need less maintenance due to lower wear and tear. Building the cars in China would make the system ineligible for federal funding, however.

A delegation of Chinese officials visited County Hall and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez in April to discuss the proposal. Former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre also registered as a lobbyist for the maglev system, while his son registered a company to pursue building the system.

Dade and Broward transportation officials and politicians are scheduled to visit China next month to see the systems.

 

The Chinese delegation visiting in April:

An inexpensive, slower speed maglev system built in Changsha, China that is similar to what is proposed for Miami:

27th Avenue (North) corridor:

 

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Anonymous

It seems like every few months there is a new “solution” yet nothing gets done. What’s next, jetpacks?

Anonymous

Yes.. jetpacks strapped to sharks with laser beams attached to their heads pulling water taxis on man made sea water avenues cut into the streets of Miami.

Anonymous

LOL at the day the Cuban ruling faction in Miami ever allow a major infrastructure project in Miami-Dade to be completed by gasp***COMMUNISTS.

Anonymous

Says the one who has never lived under communist rule…

Anonymous

If you think China is communist than you;re not paying attention

Anonymous

Most of those old farts are dead. The new generation doesn’t give a rat’s ass. Miami-Dade is no longer a Republican leaning, narrow minded stronghold. That time has passed. It’s been 60 years.

Anonymous

Hell must have frozen over. Guess I missed the memo.

Anonymous

Nevermind, turns out that buses will solve the needs of mass transit for eternity and beyond!

-Mayor Gimenez

Anonymous

I didn’t say buses, I said TROLLEYS!!!

– The real Mayor Gimenez

Anonymous

That’s funny!

Anonymous

and the buses look like a train!

Anonymous

LOL

Anonymous

Guys, I visited the train factory in China. But coño you should have seen the highway we drove on! I think I’m going to have them build one just like it for the Everglades, I mean Kendall Parkway.

-Mayor Carlos Gimenez

ejs

Really? Maybe cheaper upfront costs but we’ve already got the infrastructure (Metrorail), so upgrade and expand upon Metrorail. So to get to Hard Rock in the future, I’d take peoplemover to Metrorail, to Maglev? C’mon already. An efficient transit network is based on ease of use. Is anyone in city/county govt knowledgeable about transportation? Maybe hand the project over to Brightline to take care of…they just broke ground on their route to Orlando and I’m sure the city is still going to be discussing what to put in on the 27th ave corridor when Brightline’s Orlando route is up and running.

Preston33154

Truer words could not have been said!

Anonymous

so instead of having a straight shot using current infrastructure, with this system you would have to switch trains at MLK station if your journey is supposed to take you through any of the existing stations? what happened to seamless transportation with a minimum amount or transfers???

Anonymous

Um, you really don’t understand how mass transit works, do you?

Anonymous

feel free to entertain me

Anonymous

If you want to be entertained, find a circus. Now if you want to be educated, I’ll start with some free advice. Begin sentences with a capital letter in the first word and end the sentence with a period or exclamation point if you’re not asking a question or if you are, a question mark.

No need to thank me, just accept the free lesson and practice it.

Anonymous

>Doesn’t want to switch trains at MLK.

Anonymous

China is investing in the 3d world all over the globe so it makes sense they will offer to invest in Miami also.

Anonymous

Lol….

Anonymous

Only for the cost of hanging the official Chairman Mao portrait in each room of our homes

Anonymous

Look, don’t get mad at them, it was this country that taught them the ways of capitalism.

Anonymous

Says the person who clearly doesn’t understand basic economics. Hint, that’s not Capitalism.

Anonymous

Really?.. so why don’t you explain the meaning of capitalism to us, “ignorant folks” then.

MIA-PKG

Uhhhh… the word is “Communism”. China doesn’t actually have capitalism. They have a bizarre system that allows for some to make money, after the PRC (People’s Republic of China) takes it’s 70%. Yes, I actually work in their capitol city.

Anonymous

Uhhhh…I guess you’ve been there so long you forgot how to spell “capital” in English. Capitol is a government building, usually the seat of government, in the capital city. The word comes from the Capitolene Hill or “capitolium” in Rome.

Anonymous

Didn’t they take a tax payer funded trip to China last year as well 🧐

Anonymous

I like China.. the hookers are cheap!

– Mayor Gimenez

Anonymous

Another ‘free trip’ for politicians with more lobbyist studies. Meanwhile we suffer traffic nightmares. Just extend the current rail / Metromover corridors and force developers to pay for responsible development. Is it that difficult to do?

Anonymous

With Ferre involved This smells like a scheme if I’ve ever seen one..

Afi K. James

we have to got to start building transportation for America period.

Anonymous

No, we must spend the money expanding 95 instead of public transportation.

Convict Gimenez, i mean mayor Gimenez

Anonymous

Don’t think anyone is expanding 95…

Anonymous

What a joke. That area is low density and would be best served by a commuter rail type system. Plain old commercial off the shelf technology. We do not need to re-invent the wheel here.

Anonymous

If they go west too, fk it, go China!

Anonymous

Sounds like a lot more taxpayer funded trips to China in their future

Castrolo

Who pay more ???? Now the car factory lobbyists give to Mr Carlitos more money for highways and more cars on The streets…lamo

Anonymous

I’m pressing X for doubt

Anonymous

Great idea since it seems like we’ll never see anything come to fruition if we keep waiting on our city and county government to build anything.

Anonymous

This Must be a joke!!!!

Anonymous

I agree. I thought China was poor and having economic issues. Why Miami!?

Anonymous

Economically, China is number two in the world.

Anonymous

Yeah go for it. Republican support!!

Anonymous

If this city can get a Maglev and it’s cheaper than Metro-rail, I’m all for it.

Anonymous

The logical thing to do would be building Baylink as maglev, but of course logic doesn’t prevail in Miami, so it’s gotta to to Hard Rock Cafe. I bet if there’s a second phase, it’s to American Dream Miami.

Leo

So what is going to be the benefit of China helping a city like Miami to build this kind of mass transit, if eventually we going to be underwater, because according to “some people” we don’t suffer from Global Warming, anyway let’s keep dreaming and believing the promises of our community leaders

Anonymous

Here is what the Shanghai Maglev feels like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ygo9fQ_qKCE

Anonymous

Thanks for the video, I want Maglev!.. and can we get some asian architects here in Miami?

Anonymous

Fix the problem causing high transportation needs. Fewer people. Stop replicating. High rents, mortgages, food and water shortages, traffic, pollution. QUIT OVERPOPULATING OR WE WILL HAVE MORE PROBLEMS. More people running into our country from overpopulated areas, tearing down our trees, ruining our beaches, this is NOT PROGRESS IDIOTS.

Anonymous

Maybe suicide can solve this anguish you seem to have.

Anonymous

What a mess!
American cities can never make sense to mass transit. No matter the trillions spent. How can you justify the distance and lack of density? As long as we keep building parking lots, dumping money expanding highways and having buses stop in every block, we’ll be doomed to depend on cars.

Anonymous

“trillions spent?”

Remember, a trillion is a billion multiplied one thousand times. So are you saying at least “two thousand billion dollars” has been spent on mass transit in this country?

Anonymous

no we do not want to be in debt to china for infrastructure projects just so they can take it away when we cant afford it….well maybe the government does want that… #NoLeadershipInMiami #BananaRepublicMiami

Anonymous

Please.. this country is already in debt up to it’s eyeballs to China.

Anonymous

this type of debt is very different, this is direct debt to a chinese company, china has been doing this type of debt trap all around the world for infrastructure projects and i will give up on Miami if they fall for this trick. The company will take this project right out from our hands after we pay fully for this thanks to no federal funding…but we are also paying 2 billion to add 2 lanes to highways that are supposed to be double decked

Anonymous

Funny, I always thought that if I’m in debt to the credit credit card company and I’m also paying off a debt until my car is paid for, my pockets doesn’t know the difference.

Anonymous

This idea makes me sad and angry at the same time. It speaks to what has happened with American manufacturing, ingenuity and technology. It is also what happens when a country stop building things and concentrates only on a service economy. A country that does not make anything quickly becomes third world.
Most Chinese companies are either government owned or government affiliated in some way. It is how Communism has evolved. One just have to do a little research on so-called investments around the world. These are just a few: Ecuador’s dam; China took over Kenya’s main port over huge unpaid Chinese loan; Chinese immigrants launch the next Caribbean invasion; Sierra Leone rejected $318m Chinese airport project launched in March; China to take over Zambian International airport for debt repayment default. No one has questioned what is in it for China. Certainly they don’t need the money. We can build a modern transportation system right here in America, if only we had will to do so.

Afi K. James

ever since the c**tons sold this country out to china, we need to out of these nasty trade agreements period.

Anonymous

Um, it was Richard Nixon who courted China to open up their market and begin trading with the USA.

Anonymous

…and Clinton let China join the WTO.