Chinese Interested In Building Rail Line From Miami To Fort Lauderdale, With Funding From New 1 Percent Broward Tax

Miami-Dade’s SMART plan for expansion of mass transit includes a north corridor, and it is generating interest from Broward County, along with Chinese and Japanese rail manufacturers, according to the Herald.

Broward County recently implemented a 1 percent increase in sales tax to pay for an expansion of transit. Rail companies are eyeing the new Broward funds as part of bidding for Miami-Dade’s North corridor, and the line could run from Miami to Fort Lauderdale.

Broward is expected to piggyback on whatever transit mode and developer is selected by Dade.

China’s BYD, which recently submitted an unsolicited proposal to build an inexpensive Baylink monorail from Miami to Miami Beach, is said to be interested in bidding to build the north corridor. Other potential bidders on Baylink and any other monorail line include’s Japan’s Hitachi.

Miami-Dade and Broward transportation officials made a joint visit to China and Japan recently to see the technology in action, and met with both BYD and Hitachi executives.

 

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

At this rate we will have 20 different systems with 20 different fare structures and government officials will still not understand why people don’t ride transit. Azhar Chougle for mayor!

marc
2 years ago

Right?! It’s unbelievable how clueless the local politicians are about mass transit. We need an outsider Mayor from the northeast to get these idiots to understand.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I’m no big fan of the Chinese building our infrastructure but perhaps they can teach something to our leaders. Mass transit means one system that moves people. Not 7 systems to confuse, overwhelm and does not create seamless connection

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hay Pepe, dime que es mentira! Los Chinos comunistas van a construir ese monorail? Pronto tendremos a los Rusos y a Raul metidos aqui tambien. Que Dios nos ampare! (abuela y Carmensita make the sign of the cross).

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not a cuban mayor from a third world country

Anonymous
2 years ago

How about some mention of Transit Alliance work on this site, has anyone seen the report? I looked through it last night, very well done, can’t wait for the bus network updates!

Anonymous
2 years ago

In Miami-Dade it takes 20 years for one line, so yes in 400 years we’ll have 20 different systems.

Anonymous
2 years ago

If ever

Anonymous
2 years ago

The Coastal Link is 100% built. Why is our leadership so blind to this?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Coast link is suppose to be a commuter rail system being trains only run every hour or every half hour during rush hour. Yes this would help alleviate traffic but the northeast corridor also need rapid transit running at least every ten minutes

Anonymous
2 years ago

Brightline owns the right of way and has been blocking Coastal Link for a few years now. There are two rails. They sold the plan to the public that they could run freight, Scamline, and Coastal Link on these two rails. The public and local politicians agreed because of the Coastal Link bait. Complete scam. Brightline knows what it’s doing. Sadly the local population are idiots, the pols are completely corrupt, and the developers (Brightline) are in a perfect position to fully take advantage.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The Northeast corridor should be higher priority than North corridor.

Anonymous
2 years ago

They (our “leaders”) don’t want to actually build transit. Therefore they keep entertaining these pie in the sky proposals that stand no chance.

Anonymous
2 years ago

At least they fly once a year to Asia on our dime..

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s all a scam in Miami-Dade. We’re getting a signature bridge though so stfu about real transit

Anonymous
2 years ago

Why is that? There is just as much, if not more auto traffic on the north corridor. Besides the 1% sales tax increase that was approved years ago was intended to finance the north corridor. The money was squandered as usual with nothing to show for it. At least l-95 is available to the Northeast corridor, especially at the northern end where it passes through Aventura. We know why you think the Northeast corridor should be of higher priority, but I will leave that for another day.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You’re implying he stated the NE corridor is more important than the North corridor because of race. The fact is the NE corridor has more density, is becoming denser much more rapidly, and is closer to the urban core than the North corridor. The North corridor is built like a giant suburb. The NE corridor includes Wynwood, Edgewater, Little Haiti and makes more sense to put trains in urban areas than suburban ones. Not everything is about race.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Question? Why don’t the government officials in the tri-county region work on one/two unified rail systems? Also, for 20+ years studies have been conducted about who, what and where rapid/commuter transit will go, but NOTHING moves forward to reality. What are they afraid of? Just seems like a lot of waisted time, money and energy. Transits systems work very well and there are prime examples all over the globe. Come on Southeast Florida, time to move to the 21st century and leave the cars in the garage/yard whatever the case may be.

Anonymous
2 years ago

They get massive amounts of campaign funding from the local (and powerful) auto dealers and auto conglomerates. They know SE Florida is ripe for mass transit and that some people prefer it but want to keep us dependent on our cars.

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’d be interesting to see how one/two unified transit systems in the tri-county area would work and be laid out… south Florida really lacks a true epicenter… yea Miami is the most dense city but it’s not as if hundreds of thousands of people visit it daily… south Florida just has a bunch of small centers spread across the whole region and is very sprawled

Anonymous
2 years ago

It will never happen. It will take 10 years for them to even agree to do this. Another 10 to study it. Another 20 to build it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami-Dade and Broward are culturally different as the USA and Mexico are. That’s part of the reason they can’t work on a unified plan.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Sorry for the rhetoric, it starts with eliminating parking. As long as parking is provided and the funds go to building more highways, we’ll be slaves to cars

Anonymous
2 years ago

I AGREE! I feel like Miami just wants to stay stuck in 2002. And when it comes to transportation, they want to stay stuck in 1985.

Anonymous
2 years ago

We have the government we deserve, nothing is going to change if we don’t vote or participate in local politics. Baby Boomers aren’t interested in public transportation at all and unfortunately, they are the ones who run this town.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Baby Boomers are the ones who gave you the Metro-rail and the Metro-mover. It’s the generation that came after with the foot dragging.

There are a lot of people who come this site saying the most dumbass crap you ever wanna read.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Late gen baby boomers are still in charge for a few more years FYI…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Who cares .. If it wasn’t for the baby boomers foresight and initiative, there wouldn’t even be a Metro-rail and Metro-mover in Miami-Dade. The Mayor of Miami Beach, Dan Gelber, said he doesn’t want a monorail system that’s tied to gambling. Dan Gelber is not a “baby boomer” so what do you think about him? Trying to get people on the same page in Miami-Dade about mass transit is like trying to herd a bunch of cats.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Or burros. Just sayin’.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Dan IS a baby boomer (64) smh ??‍♂️. Late one to the poster’s comment above. Please stop writing or at least don’t be offensive. You can be rude or wrong but can’t be both!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Dan Gelber is 58 years old, hardly a boomer, but if want to call him a boomer, okay, I’ll give you that. As for being rude, maybe you outta check your feelings at the door. This is the comment section of the TNM, who said everyone has to be aware that someone like you might get offended by some random post?

Do yourself a favor, stop reading the comments section of the TNM because you might get offended, and if you don’t, just Grow up.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I’m at the point now to were I don’t care, whatever it takes to get this moving, get it done.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I’m with you, Chinese, Japanese, Peloponnese…I don’t care just build it!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I’m with you.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Why do we need the Chinese. I don’t trust the.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I definitely agree on that.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yo CHILL! We have tri rail and brightline why is any one floating THIS idea? Broward needs to work on its east west rail ideas along 595/ broward blvd…or completing the “north broward beltway” from the sawgrass to i95 along 10th street…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Politicians just want to build something somewhere to get photo ops.

Anonymous
2 years ago

That map looks like a connect dots game for dummies.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Imagine trying to tell some one how to get somewhere using this map, miami is a joke

Anonymous
2 years ago

I’m from miami but have lived in DC for 20 years. We have 1 metro rail system which is about 110 miles long with 7 lines. It’s one system not 7 different ones. There is one 2 mile light rail line that is free but it doesn’t connect to another system. But currently a light rail line is being built right outside the city which will be about 20 miles long and will connect to the metro rail but under the same payment system.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami-Dade is completely unable to learn from other cities. It is an extremely sad state of affairs for this rather large city.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Japan and Hitachi, yes. China and BYD, no. I don’t trust China, although I trust politicians with our tax dollars even less already.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Most of the stuff we own is made in or made for China. Get over it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The Cinese are good business people. They don’t shit where they eat. They are not going to screw up a business venture and lose out on a potential market. They are not going to steal our money because we already give it to them willingly. Look at our trade deficits.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Sorry, meant Chinese.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I agree, look at projects that Chinese companies have done in other countries. they’re falling apart already.

Anonymous
2 years ago

If you wanna make accusations, give some examples.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah honestly it seems like every Chinese infrastructure project I’ve seen is a success. They built the worlds largest high-speed rail network in 15 years.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not true.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Why are foreign companies even allowed to bid on this. Infrastructure should help with jobs and the economy, not hurt it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Because they can build it cheaper and faster than we can. Let ‘sm at it. We win.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Foreign companies will have to hire locals to actually build it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

That’s a good thing. I wonder if the Chinese will send Spanish speaking engineers and project managers?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Man I just hope Broward learned from our mistakes and placed the right conditions to their 1% tax increase. Sigh..

Anonymous
2 years ago

When Broward Transit was trying to get the penny tax on the ballot and get passed, they landed a detailed transit plan, and said a separate committee will oversee how the funds are spent!

As soon as it it is passed, they do a complete 360, and say they want a line to go to miami.. which will benefit Miami and Even fricking CHINA….more then the tax payers of Broward County! BCT pulled the bait and switch on millions of Browards tax payers.

Chris Walton needs to be fired and thrown in Jail!

Anonymous
2 years ago

This would be GREAT!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s Broward tax revenue, so it will not be used to build a train station at Aventura…

It’s primarily going to be used on buses and upgrading roads. From the mouth of the Broward Transit director:

“Right now, our bus fleet [has] 359 [buses]. When I compare that to other communities of like size [and] like population – Long Beach, California, San Antonio, Texas – we are about 150 buses smaller. The 30-year plan calls for us to take our bus fleet from 359 up to 642.”

Anonymous
2 years ago

LOL!!! South FL is lost!

Anonymous
2 years ago

No, but Broward will help pay for whatever ends up being implemented on 27 ave/ University Drive (light rail/ monorail/ etc.)

Anonymous
2 years ago

China has no place in Miami!! Also, take all the Alibaba products in the downtown stores with you. Bye, Bye!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Uh, China is not in Miami…

Anonymous
2 years ago

have you been in the stores downtown?? looking like China town!

Anonymous
2 years ago

You mean compared to a lot of other place in this city that looks like South America?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Or worse, Central America.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I would gladly trade our Chichimecalandia for Chinatown any day.

Anonymous
2 years ago

No. Sorry. Chinatowns usually have awesome dim-sum restaurants. Not one here. I’ll take Canal Street anyday. I love the way all the fake purse/sunglass guys scramble to pick up their wares and disappear when they see a cop. Hilarious.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I mean if Chinese companies can get it done better and faster why not?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Amen!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Xenophobic Asshole.