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.