Commissioners Will Vote Today On Commuter Rail Service Between Miami & Aventura After Outgoing Mayor Gimenez Called Deal With Brightline Too Expensive

Miami-Dade commissioners are scheduled to vote this afternoon on whether to instruct the mayor to move forward with negotiations with Brightline for the Northeast Corridor commuter rail service.

The vote comes a few months after Brightline submitted a proposal to operate the service, which Miami-Dade mayor called too expensive.

The resolution is nonbinding, according to the Herald.

If approved, incoming mayor Daniella Levine Cava will be directed to finalize terms of the deal with Brightline and obtain any approvals needed from the Federal Transit Administration. The resolution lists a one time payment to Brightline of up to $50 million and an additional $12 million per year.

Brightline submitted a proposal to the county in May that would have cost $350 million to build five stations. The new stations were proposed at Wynwood, the Design District, El Portal, North Miami and the Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus.

There would also be annual fees for operation, including $29 million paid to Brightline per year for track access fees, $30 to $50 million in operating costs, $2 million per year for train rental, and a 10 percent management fee for Brightline.

Trains wait times would be similar to Tri-Rail, or around 20 to 30 minutes between trains on weekdays and hourly service on weekends.

Outgoing Mayor Carlos Gimenez said that proposal was too expensive, but continued talks with the company.

A memo from Gimenez in September said that the train service would run every 30 minutes on weekdays.

Another potential complication: Brightline does not own the tracks despite asking for a track access fee. The tracks are actually owned by Florida East Coast Railway, which wrote the county last month that a third set of tracks might need to be built to accommodate commuter rail service.

Tri-Rail has also said they would like to offer a proposal for service on the route.

 

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Anonymous
5 months ago

So I can take the mover to the Brightline station and then wait 30 minutes to take a train to Wynwood. Or I can just pay $3-5 and take an Uber/Lyft and get dropped off directly at my location. I’m all for transit but this deal sucks.

Anonymous
5 months ago

I think they’re geared for broward and palm beach travelers

Anonymous
5 months ago

Uber cost $5??? Yea right dude wtf

Anonymous
5 months ago

lol this is a joke. The best option would be to extend the metromover all the way up North Miami to the interesection at 36th street. That would be close enough to walk to Design District. Then, if you really wanted to you could do a loop up N Miami Ave, east on 36th than south on Biscayne Blvd. This would easily connect the entire wynnwood, design district, and edgewater area back to downtown miami.

Have the large trains like tri rail or brightline go a farther distance like Aventura, Hollywood, FTL Airport etc. and make government center the central hub for everyone. But nope, that makes too much sense for our local leaders

Charles
5 months ago

Metrorail is just now getting the green light to start the expansion up to Hard Rock stadium along 27th Ave., Broward has shown a big willingness to expand it up University Dr. to Sawgrass Mill Mall.
Back in 1978 when William Lehman got the Federal Money to create Metro rail and Metro Mover, Aventura did not want it and declined. Thus, what we have today.

Anonymous
5 months ago

would be good to add a metro stop at that super mall they are building. Would allow the people working there to get reasonable transportation there and allow tourists that are either visiting for the day or staying overnight to get there quickly. Plus, the RE tax base of the mall would be increased based on the fact that it would have a transit stop to bring more customers to them

Anonymous
5 months ago

Forget the transit expansion to the Hardrock. Bring a destination resort casino to downtown Miami, and tax the gambling. Let the residents’ of Miami win (pardon the pun) for once.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Back in 1978, Aventura had like 6 low rise buildings and a Publix.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Metro rail north into broward is the most important extension

Anonymous
5 months ago

For the love of me I don’t understand why there’s a Metromover system just sitting there for at least the last twenty five years just waiting to be extended with new routes and stops. That would take care of moving people from Government Center and the Brightline Station to the areas of Wynwood, Design District, Miami Beach, and beyond.

I just don’t understand why this city is always trying to recreate the wheel when there’s nothing wrong with it. Yet instill, the people of this city gets an expensive, dumbass, and needless signature bridge.

Anonymous
5 months ago

In Miami, it’s incompetence more than corruption as many would have you believe. You can rest assured Miami will not have sensible transportation options for the next 25 years either.

Anonymous
5 months ago

What’s wrong with you dummies that gave this comment “three thumbs down” votes?

Azarius
5 months ago

We need to get it done where it doesn’t cost a fortune to go from downtown to Aventura and the wait should be 20 mins not 30 and I believe it should go to FLL to increase travelers from broward to dade

Anonymous
5 months ago

this town needs leadership, every major city in the world has a train system. what’s the problem here?!?!
the Rapid Transit Plan(SMART) is already the there, put it out to the best bidder and get it done.

Anonymous
5 months ago

county government complicates things. There are some very big cities in the USA with less mass transit than Miami. (i.e. Houston – city population 2.3 million versus Miami city population $486,000)

Anonymous
5 months ago

Miami is one of the smallest cities in square miles in the USA (56.07).

Anonymous
5 months ago

Every major city in the world that you talk about fits in Miami Dade 20 times, and that doesn’t count the tri county area in South Florida. Paris has more people than all of South Florida and the Grand Paris Metro area could fit in Miami Dade alone a few times.
Does it become clearer now? It’s called density.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Vote yes. Needs to get done; time to move forward.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Can someone explain why the stations wouldn’t be Tri-Rail?

Anonymous
5 months ago

tri-rail doesn’t own the track

Anonymous
5 months ago

Brightline owns the track and runs it for profit. Brightline made sure they could exclude tri rail from running on those tracks. If tri rail did, then fares would be akin to metrobus fares. True it wouldn;t be a luxury service, but it would be a transportation option for everyone. That is not Brightline’s business model.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Ok good to know.. so Tri-Rail will only come to Downtown Miami via the Airport station. Got it thank you

Anonymous
5 months ago

It’s neither corruption or incompetence, it’s the nature of American cities built for cars and not for people. As long as parking lots take precedence, why would anyone ride mass transit?

Anonymous
5 months ago

What you said is without merit… BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME!

Anonymous
5 months ago

Really?
The county spent billions to build Metrorail and Metromover. We added a cent to our sales tax and companies, retail and the like moved to Doral and Miramar.

Anonymous
5 months ago

“Billions?”

Anonymous
5 months ago

Wise words on how cities were designed here.

Carl
5 months ago

Does Miami want to dive into something like this with Brightline, a company not all that far away from going belly up?

Anonymous
5 months ago

Great!

Anonymous
5 months ago

what happened with this vote? lol i love you guys but you often announce votes but no follow up.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Ahhh our new lefty Cava. Can’t wait for her to defund the police and extend bus lines everywhere with unionized bus drivers who don’t show up for work.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Another “righty” who got conned into thinking Mexico will pay for a wall built in the USA and taxes wouldn’t go up to pay for Trump’s “SPACEEEE FORCEEEE…!”

Anonymous
5 months ago

I agree with you 1000%

Anonymous
5 months ago

Still waiting on the free market to solve our transportation issues

Anonymous
5 months ago

Still waiting on socialism to solve Venezuela’s hunger crisis.

Anonymous
5 months ago

What transportation issue? Traffic has been a breeze for the last 9 months, even during peak times. Evidently the answer is lay off lots of restaurant and hotel workers and have lots of office workers work from home. Free market, dawg.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Ask a horse that question.