Commissioner To Propose Building Transit System From Miami’s Airport To Seaport

Miami could be getting a rapid transit system from the airport to the seaport under a plan proposed by a county commissioner.

Commissioner Rebeca Sosa announced that she was preparing legislation to move forward with the system, at a Miami-Dade Tourism and the Ports Committee meeting yesterday.

Sosa said the system would allow passengers to stay at two new hotels planned at the airport, before boarding a cruise ship.

PortMiami has been booming, with a record breaking 5.6 million passengers in the 12-month period ending September 2018. The port is already the busiest in the world for cruise traffic.

New ships and terminals are coming on line and are expected to send cruise traffic soaring.

 

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Anonymous

More poor planning from the County. Another transit system is not what’s needed, but rather expanding the existing system. Build a spur off of the metrorail system, connect to the port, then south beach.

Anonymous

YES!!

Anonymous

Exactly. Run Orange Line from Culmer to World Center, Museum (Ferré) Park, Jungle Island, Alton, Meridian, Ocean.
Another spur to AAA, then two or three stops at the cruise terminal.

Anonymous

The rate at which Miami gov officials throw bad transit ideas at the wall is downright comical.

Anonymous

Transit for tourists but not for citizens, this city is built for foreigners

marc

Correction, for tourists.

Anonymous

Tourists bring money in the city though and business.

Anonymous

Tourists bring money and locals pay taxes with avocados

Anonymous

If you cut tourism from Miami what’s left??

Anonymous

Las croquetas

Anonymous

International finance, trade, logistics, a growing start up scene, health care, higher education… Miami stopped being a typical Florida tourist town a long time ago!

Anonymous

not cruise passengers, they don’t spend enough time in the city to impact. if they stay at the airport and take transit to the cruise ships, how will they spend money in the city?

peej

Why half-ass it? The East-West line should run parallel to 836 on the CSX lines from FIU to South Beach, with an Airport stop & an off-shoot to the Port in conjunction w/ Virgin Trains–who already owns the tracks & bridge from Downtown to Dodge Island.

Why only the partial vision from Commissioners? Typical Miami.

True forward-thinking would run the Metrorail across Dodge Island, serving multiple Terminals, and then tunnel below Government Cut across to South Beach, but that would require more coordination than current Commissioners & local Agencies are willing to commit.

Anonymous

Why half-ass it?.. because filling in the FEC Slip abutting Maurice A. Ferré Park downtown appears to be a bigger priority to these current Commissioners and local Agencies.

ao7777777

that’s b/c filling the FEC is something they can get done before they are out of office…
it’s sad to see how public service is the least of their priorities!

Anonymous

They don’t believe in public service. Republicans and all. They’re against doing anything to serve the public who voted them into office. It might be considered welfare.

Anonymous

So….duplicating services and sucking hotel dollars out of downtown and the beach….I wonder who paid her off.

Anonymous

Notice a theme today

Anonymous

It would interesting finding out how many tourists go straight from the airport to the port.. I’d think most tourists spent a least a day or two before boarding the cruise ships.. time for another study lol…

Anonymous

I work at the airport, most actually go straight to the cruise terminal, less money spent on hotels, more on the cruise and cruise excursions.

Anonymous

IDIOTS!!!!!

Anonymous

How about we benefit everyone and just expand the metromover to the port. So visitors and residents who work at the port could take metrorail downtown and then connect with a metromover that goes to the port.

Anonymous

That’s too simple and should’ve been done a long time ago.

Now what Miami need and what they’ll really do is the usual paying for a study that’ll take ten years and then fleece the taxpayers out of more money to pay for another study.

Anonymous

Not just the port but also to Miami Beach Convention Ctr

Anonymous

The system should have been threaded to the Port via Biscayne Boulevard’s median instead of hovering over 1st Avenue.

Anonymous

Also metrorail already goes to the airport. They just need the Metro mover connection from downtown to the port.

Anonymous

Rebeca, the county has a rapid transit system, it’s called MetroRail.

Anonymous

No details? I have a feeling this is just one of those things commissioners propose to say they are doing something with transit knowing that nothing will get done.

Anonymous

Why is she so concerned about some new hotels at the airport anyway?

“Sosa said the system would allow passengers to stay at two new hotels planned at the airport, before boarding a cruise ship.”

How much is her palm getting greased by pushing such a plan? Now, we have been aggravatingly waiting decades for a mass transit system to connect downtown to just south Miami Beach, and now all of a sudden we hear about a commissioner who is “preparing legislation to move forward” when it comes to mass transit because of a proposal for two new hotels at MIA?

I am really starting to think these commissioners deserve all the bashing we see people giving them on the TNM.

Anonymous

Extend orange line from overtone station along the railroad lines to the port, then in the future tunnel under the port across Gov cut to South Beach

Sgt. Sapingo

This is a horrible idea. #1 – It is going to be incredibly expensive and #2 – Tourists stay at hotels and go out at night to spend money at Bayside, South Beach or whatever. Building a direct link from the airport to the sea port just doubles down the expense.

Anonymous

How about we build something for those of us who live here?

Anonymous

so the port Miami tunnel was a waste of Miami?

Anonymous

The tunnel was built to get semis off downtown streets

Anonymous

God!!!! Rebeca Sosa is still a commissioner!!!!

EJS

So with Trirail coming into MiamiCentral, and Virgin Brightline asking permission to build a stop at PortMiami, isn’t everything already falling in to place? What is she proposing? By the looks of all the studies the city keeps paying for, she’s probably proposing a bus to a trolley to a trirail to a peoplemover to get people to the port instead of allowing Virgin to do it…haha…

Anonymous

Plans…studies….more plans…then more studies…any responsible govt led by forward thinkers would have accomplished this 15 years ago….period.

Anonymous

Yes, they could have done this years ago. Now that Virgin is planning a spur to the port, they’re scrambling to throw something together to earn their keep. Vote them out for their lack of vision.

Anonymous

Yeah new legislation by Rebecca Sosa who’s the do nothing lady that has been there since the 1880’s as a county commissioner which means a table of croquetas and cold cafecito and another 10 million to do a study for 2050

Anonymous

She meant run a bus down Flagler St.

POLO

Yeah, by the year 2319!

Gringo

Tourists for the most part have never been to Miami so they just want to arrive and get to their ship…its a great idea..

Anonymous

“Tourists for the most part have never been to Miami”

Really?.. well, somebody better tell all those current hotels, the new ones being built right now, and the developers who’re planning to build future hotels in Miami and Miami Beach about that.

Anonymous

More buses on e.r lanes ? They didn’t say

Anonymous

Maybe Rebecca Sosa can get together with Carlos Gimenez reuse that proposed that theme park ride idea from Downtown to South Beach.

Anonymous

Seems like some people don’t want better public transit for the citizens, they don’t care, they just care about the money they get, Miami is sinking, these people wants to sell (or lease) public transit to private foreign companies from Spain, Mexico and Brazil are few investors for some bus routes, when these people realize the big mistake are making leaving not only citizens but tourist people without public transit is going to by late, and the consequences are going to be bad, sorry folks but i don’t see anything optimistic about Miami anymore

Roger Williams

Great! Let’s, once again, cater to tourists, rather than residents who use the system everyday and are crying out for relief. *eye roll*

Sorry, Commissioner Sosa, but you’re off on this idea.

Anonymous

The only way this could possibly work is to extend Metro-Rail track across the Dodge Island Bridge with sidings at each terminal station. Then start by running non-stop (yes, it can be done) from MIAPoM. Ideally, even replacing the super short-sighted MIA Mover with standard gauge rail.

There is no technical reason this can’t be done, just the politicians and bureaucrats aren’t smart enough to figure out simple problems. Economically, different story, but you have to try.

BTW, cruise PAX don’t need to stay even one night to be an economic asset. The airlines an cruise lines employ lots of people and they pay lot’s of agencies fees for using MIA and PoM which support even more jobs.

Anonymous

In keeping with the port’s theme, instead of running on electricity they will use dirty diesel trains to shuttle passengers from the airport to the port.

Anonymous

Ok Al Gore we get it, you want shore power

Anonymous

Hey come on. Give the guy some credit. He invented the internet after all.

Anonymous

CAN SOMEONE GET THIS GUY SOME SHOREPOWER ALREADY???

Anonymous

Get Trump.. remember, he said “only I can fix things!”

Anonymous

Given that the Cruise lines pay zero federal taxes, they should pay for a Metro-Rail extension. Billions in income and we individuals pay more taxes on our weekly paycheck than they do all year.

Anonymous

Actually only half of individuals pay any net federal income tax. Hence the budget deficits.