Commissioner: Build Baylink Instead Of Signature Bridge

Is Baylink more important than a signature bridge?

Miami commissioner Francis Suarez says yes. He recently suggested that funding for the $600 million bridge be diverted to build a train between Miami and Miami Beach, according to Miami Today.

Suarez’s father is Dade commissioner Xavier Suarez, who is also opposed to the bridge. As recently as last year, he pushed for the roadway to be placed underground to remove the blight of a highway cutting through downtown. FDOT has rejected that option.

The signature bridge has been in the works for years and is already funded. Other local politicians worry that if the bridge was cancelled, the funding would be moved elsewhere in the state instead. Miami officials once sued the state when FDOT considered replacing the signature bridge with a less expensive design.

 

 

 

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Anonymous

I had to clear my vision to see if what I read was actually true. Thank you Thank you Thank you … Francis Suarez

And to answer that question. Yes, baylink is more important than some signature bridge.

Anonymous

Yes to the Tunnel!

Anonymous

Only in Miami – a city surrounded by water -would anyone consider building a bridge across land to replace a current land bridge (aka elevated roadway) so that we have a $600 million dollar decoration for people to look at while stuck in traffic made worse annually without the an adequate mass transport option. How about this….a beautiful and iconic bridge that runs from Miami – but a bridge that raises an elevated train above the urban core and landing it on Miami Beach and then building a second iconic bridge carrying the same train across the Julia Tuttle. Talk about an iconic structure….holding viable and Eco-friendly public transportation above the congested auto traffic and looping from our #2 economic engine (the port and downtown) to our #1 economic engine (the airport).

Anonymous

We want a tunnel or BayLink. No to the effin Bridge

Anonymous

Can’t we get a tunnel on a ballot?

Anonymous

Tunnel instead of bridge!!!

marc

I agree.

Anonymous

Finally a smart politician!! Bay link is 100 times more important than a designer bridge!!! I hope this goes through.

Anonymous

All these “bridge” does is generate more visual clutter to this area without any real purpose other than create a so called signature. It’s a faux bridge.

Tom

Although the funding is unlikely to be transferred, at least not easily, it still brings up a really good point about the priorities of the city and county elected officials. I never knew we needed a signature bridge until I was told we did. I also didn’t think we needed a signature bridge squeezed between high rises and disrespecting the integrity of the Arsht complex. Don’t you think it looks out of place? More importantly, a fancy bridge won’t really relieve the transportation needs of the community. We need better options. Even if the reality of the funding transfer can’t happen, the Suarez’s have brought attention to a bridge that is all style but no substance regarding true transporation improvements

marc

If it can be diverted then no brainer if not and we lose the money outright forget about and rebuild I-395.

Anonymous

people will have plenty of time to enjoy a signature bridge….. WHILE THEY WAIT IN TRAFFIC. FDOT has no vision for the future but it makes sense. they’re a state organization after all and rick scott is the governor of our state. what a friggin ape that guy is. so shortsighted by FDOT.

Anonymous

This is a no branier! Great job by Suarez

Marc305

I just read the entire article this morning on Miami Today. Although I am in complete agreement that Baylink should take priority over this bridge, I am only for the transfer of funds if there can be a 100% assurance that the entire $600 million will indeed go to Baylink, because according to Maurice Ferre, former Miami Mayor, this is not always the case.

His quote on the article was “The reality of it is that every time a project is de-funded, our monies are taken to another part of the state.” Looks like this bridge was funded in 1996 and nothing has happened yet, so the money is there. Not using this money for Baylink would be awful but loosing the money for this bridge and still not getting Baylink would be worse.

Another Anonymous

Former Mayor Ferré is right on. He is wiser and far more on point than Suarez and his equally small minded dad, Former Mayor Xavier Suarez. Francis Suarez is actually pandering because he knows that the money could not be used for the Baylink as that can not be transferred. That can’t happened because the majority of the decision makers of that are not in office today and re-appropriation is a legislative process. Suarez is ready to launch his campaign for Mayor and he will use the Baylink argument to win over people. We can all agree that the Baylink is a better use of funds. Lets hold polititians to do the people’s work but lets also recognize when they pander. Suarez made a suggestion but not a declaration. He said that there isn’t anything wrong with the current solution, but has not made any strides to appropriate funding for Baylink. A politition with leadership, vision and integrity has to do more than just make suggestions!

Marc305

By far the best comments I have read in a long time. Most people here just like to bitch and make asinine comments, your observation was very eloquent and well thought out.

marc

People don’t get how funding works.

Another Anonymous

Thanks, enjoy your knowledgable perspective. Miami is growing tremendously…a phenom in its own right, and it’s great to have a platform to be able to articulate diverse POV. There are a few on this site that provide a worthwhile balance. I believe many people do read and follow this site, few comment, even fewer make sense. Rest assure, many developers and city officials read this, I know that first hand…so might as well say something you think make a reasonable point.

Anonymous

Can anyone tell me what body of water or other such impassable geographic feature this bridge is finally crossing? Bridges bridge impassable gaps…by definition…can someone please help me out?

Anonymous

That’ not a “bridge”. It’s some kind of a structural pimple. And ridiculously inane at that.

Anonymous

Something has to be done in that immediate area…traffic is HORRIBLE and going to get even worse. Exiting heading north on Biscayne is a daily nightmare…and forget about it when there are events at the AA center. If your stuck north of the center after a show prepare for an hour wait before getting on the expressway. Cops let out all the parking lots first before they give anyone a chance to get on the expressway. It is only going to get worse. All that areas transportation needs to be fixed and fixed FAST!

Anonymous

This “signature” bridge will not alleviate any traffic problems.

marc

It’s all of I395 that’s getting redesigned with more on and off ramps. The bridge thing is an additional detail that the local politicians asked to be added.

Suomynona

More ramps will only further separate north/south. I don’t understand why people think this “bridge”/overpass is such a wonderful thing or why it will “connect” north and south pro’s of downtown. It will still create several hundred feet of dead zone underneath. There will still be connectivity issues.

And if they’re absolutely building a stupid overpass instead of a tunnel, then build a regular one without the stupid arches that are nothing more than a waste of my taxpayer money.

Anonymous

its a million times more important , building a bridge to no where just for esthetics proves how corrupt and clue less the city is with regards to the real transport needs of the city… good luck next art basel and all the other countless festivals..

Anonymous

Who cares if the money can’t be transferred? We don’t need or want a useless and wasteful signature bridge. Here is what South Beach residents have had to endure in the past several years: Alton Road flyover construction, Port Tunnel, Alton Road construction, Venetian Causeway closure. Now an unnecessary bridge? Enough is enough. No one cares or wants a signature bridge. Build the long overdue light rail link and forget the bridge. Can we, for once, take residents needs and desires into account? History of the half penny tax shows residents’ wishes are ignored.

marc

Just as an FYI about this “bridge”. FDOT was going to rebuild/update I-395 just like they will the interchange with I-95. They’ve been planning for this for years and are about to finally break ground the next 2-3 years. This is all part of this administrations infrastructure work all over the US. They deemed I-395 nearing its life expectancy and was going to get done/redesigned regardless of the cosmetic stuff. The local politicos managed to get this “bridge” be part of the deal as well as get more off and on ramps in Downtown to help with traffic. So this money has always been earmarked for I-395.

Anonymous

Mend the neighborhood build a tunnel for the people.

Why not both

marc

Good lord. The bridge is an element of this project. The $600 million price tag is for the entire I395 redesign. That number is not just for that bridge. Again, FDOT was going to this regardless just like every other highway down here.

Anonymous

What about a regular ferry connecting Brickell to South Beach every 30min or hour? It seems like it would be much quicker and cheaper than building an entire tram system. I just came back from Sydney and they have an elaborate ferry system that works incredibly. The bulk of the “downtown” population lives in Brickell anyway. The ferries could leave from the Four Ambassadors marina or a new dock created by Tbor Hollo at 1201 Brickell Bay Dr–which would give a great incentive for people to buy into that development. People in Brickell and South Beach would easily pay $5-10/head just to bypass that mess on MacArthur (and often around the AAA) for an easy ride across the water to South Beach Marina.

Owner at 1200 Brickell Bay Dr

With Uber costing only $12 from Tbor’s 1201 to the Fontainebleau, an inconvenient ferry that won’t drop you exactly where you want would need to cost max $2 per trip for people to consider it.

Anonymous

I’m a regular Uber user from Brickell and it typically takes a good 30 minutes to South Beach with all the traffic and during holiday seasons like this I don’t even bother trying to go. A smooth ride across the water would be way more pleasant and the new streetcar in South Beach could connect to the Miami Beach marina, making it very efficient to get wherever you need to go in South Beach. I’m sure there are a ton of people like me who would gladly pay at least $5/head.

Owner at 1200 Brickell Bay Dr

I’m a VERY regular user from Brickell to SoBe… I do this a few times a week, and I don’t remember any trip taking more than 20 minutes…except in rare conditions where the Brickell bridge is up (if I take that route) mixed with bad weather and what not… But let’s say you’re right and it takes 30 mins (which doesn’t happen often), it’s still a LOT faster, convenient and cheaper to use Uber, than having to wait for a Ferry at a specific time, then wait and transfer to some other commute at the beach (paying again depending which one you choose), being dropped at a destination that is not your final one, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all in for BayLink, but this Ferry thing would completely flop…nobody would use it with cheap/convenient Uber existing.

Anonymous

Uber constantly has surges where it costs quite a bit more than their basic fare. It isn’t getting to be so cheap anymore with everyone knowing about it, especially if you’re sitting in traffic. A fast ferry can take you to the other side in 15 minutes. It wouldn’t flop to the wealthy who would much prefer it to the unpredictability of MacArthur. I can see all of MacArthur from my balcony and more often than not it is backed up the entire route. If someone lives in a budget building like The Club at Brickell Bay than maybe they care about a few dollars and are willing to take the stress of the highway, but if you’re wealthy like many people in Brickell you’d prefer the water route. THEN on the other side you could either call an Uber or take the new Miami Beach Streetcar. The wealthy don’t care, they will pay anything to avoid that mess!

Owner at 1200 Brickell Bay Dr

Lmao how could a “wealthy” person prefer the slow incovenient ferry to an on demand faster service? That’s exactly my point…my time is worth way too much (like most people living in Brickell) to wait for a ferry at a specific time, that will get me to an undesirable specific place…even if it was free, I’d rather pay the $7-12 Uber fee and get where I want way faster. The whole point of creating a good commuting service is to allow les fortunate people to get from point A to point B. You just realized your Ferry makes no business sense and you’re getting all offended. Don’t go ballistic on me smart a**… I own at both the Club and Plaza and none are budget buildings. Congrats if you’re able to afford a penthouse in Icon, good for you 🙂 Your ferry won’t happen though, nobody is in the business of going bankrupt.

Anonymous

The Club at Brickell Bay is definitely a budget building! lol Especially when it gets Villa Magna smack dab in it’s face. I agree with the ferry idea! There will still be plenty of people for you to drive around in Uber, don’t worry.

Anonymous

The distance from the Four Ambassadors to Miami Beach Marina (taking into account the the need to go around the port) is less than 3 miles. A ferry that goes, say 30mph would take 6min. Are you an Uber driver Mr 1200 Brickell Bay?

Owner at 1200 Brickell Bay Dr

Well my friend just try that idea and see how it goes… Looking forward to see how popular it will become

Instead of Heavy rail they should expand the Metro Mover to SOBE via the macarthur causeway to go up Washington to the Convention center,

Mjp

The politicians need to syop their egocentric pplicy decisions and realize Miami is indeed growing and the working class are needing support people. We have much rapid exponential traffic growth, developers continually allowed to over look environmental quality of life issues and politicians waiting for financial incentives. The Baylink is the obvious solution meeting many needs such a as getting cars off the roads as well addressing airport and local dedtination demands. Ahhhh but this would be tax payors dollars spent on tax payor needs and we know the rich would rather drive or be driven over a montrousity of a bridge simply to justify spending tax dollars on projects directed at meeting their own needs and not the needs of the majority of the public.

Anonymous

Baylink will have been a waste of money with the oncoming reality of self driving cars.

Anonymous

Aaaaaah please post an article tomorrow! It’s been to long lol

Anonymous

Too*

John P

A tunnel is ridiculous in my opinion… they should focus on connecting Miami and Miami Beach with an alternate transportation option before planning a new bridge as well. The only place there should be another tunnel is to connect Brickell Ave to Biscayne Blvd under the Miami River!

Anonymous

WAY too much green space. People don’t hang out in parks. It’s too hot in Miami.

Anonymous

Go to Tropical park on any weekend and then come back on here. At times, It takes me a while to find parking there.

IloveMiami

Tropical park is in the burbs. Do you see the same amount of locals in Bayfront or the new “cheap” version of Museum Park? Not I. Many Miamians wouldn’t be caught dead downtown and many others haven’t been there in years. Probably because they are all having “pan con lechon” in Tropical Park. If you guys ever go to Seville and see Calatrava’s bridges you might understand (those 2 do cross a river), why we have come up with a bad version of our own Calatrava wanna be bridge. The politicos are looking for something that can be put on a postcard other than Lolita. Lets keep the wanna be Calatrava bridge AND fight for Baylink!

Mdguter311

There are plenty of beautiful parks downtown and they’re always dead…