Commuter Rail From Downtown Miami To Aventura Getting $103M From FDOT

The Florida Department of Transportation has agreed to commit $103.5 million towards Miami-Dade’s Northeast Corridor rail project, Brightline told investors last week.

FDOT’s announcement came in a November 9 letter to the county, Brightline said.

On the same day, FDOT also informed Broward that it would provide $74.3 million towards its commuter rail project on the same tracks from Aventura to Fort Lauderdale. The two counties are working together on the service.

That brings the total FDOT commitment for the new train service to $177.8 million.

Brightline expects to execute definitive documents with Miami-Dade in the next several months to allow the service on its tracks.

The Northeast Corridor is expected to run 13.5 miles and cost $682 million, including track and right-of-way access fees.

The county is seeking 50% funding from the Federal Transit Administration, 25% from the state and 25% from local funds, according to the project website.

Station locations are being studied at:

  • MiamiCentral/Government Center (existing)
  • Wynwood/Edgewater
  • Design District
  • Little Haiti
  • North Miami (near Northeast 123rd Street)
  • North Miami/North Miami Beach (near Northeast 151st Street)
  • Aventura (construction already nearing completion)

The service is expected to run 5 AM to midnight, with 60 minute headways. During peak morning and afternoon weekday rush hour times, headways would be 30 minutes.

Engineer HNTB is now working on 30% level rail infrastructure and platform drawings, after the county issued a Notice to Proceed to the firm in August.

 

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Anonymous Hippo
9 days ago

We need 15-minute headways, maximum.

Anonymous
9 days ago

Unfortunately no way that’s gonna happen…

Fern
9 days ago

Something like that would require electrification

Lechozo
9 days ago

and moving all freight trains to the Tri rail tracks

Anonymous
9 days ago

They need an additional; stop somewhere around 79th Street.

Anon
9 days ago

And 163rd. 79th and 163rd are necessary.

Anonymous
9 days ago

So I can take the mover to Miami Central from Brickell and if I just miss my train, I’ll have to wait an hour for another one just to get to Wynwood. This is probably better than nothing but seriously how do we still not have effective public transportation between Downtown and Wynwood/Edgewater? Heck I’d even take a bus lane on the 3-lane Miami Avenue highway. And no the free trolleys don’t count.

Brooklyn
9 days ago

agree, we need metrorail expansion

Anonymous
9 days ago

The existing Tri Rail will also stop at the Wynwood station. This will provide more frequent service to downtown.

Michael Hoffman
9 days ago

I wish they would take the metro-rail up biscayne! Over the road maybe

wanderer34
9 days ago

The monorail to Miami Beach is a nice idea however I’d like to see the monorail go to Government Center as opposed to Wynwood. That can be covered by either the Metrorail or the Metromover.

One more lane bro
9 days ago

There’s no monorail anymore. They’re (allegedly) extending the mover to the Beach.

wanderer34
2 days ago

It’s short term thinking, seeing that the Metromover is a small capacity system while light rail, heavy rail, and even a monorail is high capacity.

My money sees that the Metromover extension to Miami Beach doesn’t happen because of the cost, the free fare and the poor application of using the Metromover when the Metrorail or any high capacity mode of transit should’ve been used for such an expansion.

Anonymous
9 days ago

If government center will be the transfer hub for metrorail, metromover, and now the NE Corridor, it makes absolutely no sense why the beach corridor won’t be extended west from Herald Plaza to Gov’t Center to complete the transfer hub.

Miami4Life
9 days ago

i think this is an outdated map for when the monorail was still in play but now that they have announced they will do metromover to the beach, government center will be the be all end all stop

Anonymous
9 days ago

That would be ideal. I have seen the news for the redesign, but I don’t remember seeing that Gov’t center will be the end point. Do you have a link? Thanks

Anony
9 days ago

They are connecting it to MetroMover, which will make its way from the Beach to Gov Center

wanderer34
9 days ago

I’d rather see light rail to Miami Beach over the Metromover, especially considering the cost of extending the Metromover plus the maximum capacity light rail can handle over the Metromover.

Snail the Whale
9 days ago

I’m taking anything at this point. This is *decades* overdue

Anonymous
8 days ago

The vocal minority of beach residences stopped Baylink in the form of a streetcar seven years ago. Shame, because it would have been less intrusive, too. You can bet they will try and derail Metromover.

Anon
9 days ago

At this point, ill take any new rail projects

Local Arch
9 days ago

It should go up to FTL no?

Read the article
9 days ago

Yes, that’s what it says.

Snail the Whale
9 days ago

ah thanks didn’t catch that at first

Anony
9 days ago

This is just the Miami-Dade County portion. There was another article for the Broward County section last week.

Analyst
9 days ago

How will this interact with the much faster Brightline trains as well as the slower freight trains. Will be very busy….

Not Anonymous
9 days ago

It would be way better if they would instead extend the Metrorail along I 95 right of way, though that will never happen.

Mana is the death of DT
9 days ago

rail near highways is usually useless. very low density near the interstate.

Anony
9 days ago

Its going to be the busiest train track outside of the NE Corridor in New York/Boston

Fern
9 days ago

The Brightline Trains will run at the same speed as the new Service. The only difference will be that they’ll be 2 trains per hour per direction going to 4 per hour per direction at peak times. That’s perfectly manageable with correct spacings of departures.

Brooklyn
9 days ago

Midtown resident.

Rode metrorail for the first time a few weeks ago. Really wish that the metrorail would be expanded northward.

Why not create a NE corridor via metrorail on elevated tracks? would allow for much more frequent trains

Pleezzee
8 days ago

Um.. we have seen them kicking around some kind of rail extension to Miami Beach since 1998. But since then, we got a Metrorail line to the airport that you have to get off one Metrorail line and get on another Metrorail line to get there, and after getting there, you have to get off that Metrorail line and catch another shorter train to get to the airport terminals.

You asked – “Why not create a NE corridor via metrorail on elevated tracks? would allow for much more frequent trains?”

Well they’ll get around to it.. but don’t expect it to be the way you think or should be in this county.

Anonymous
9 days ago

From 29st to 41st; from 41st to 61st ant… nothing between 61st and 123st? I thought there was some thing like 79 El Portal. That does not make any sense if they skip al that blocks!

Anony
9 days ago

El Portal has a free direct shuttle from Village Hall (NE 87th St) to MiamiCentral in downtown with “Freebee”. I wouldn’t be surprised if that service is expanded to have a stop at the Little Haiti Station once its built.

wanderer34
9 days ago

I’m hoping this primes the way for a NE Metrorail extension. Tri Rail doesn’t need to stop at every major intersection in Miami Dade, that stops the true purpose of Tri Rail being a regional line.

If you want local service, extend the Metrorail to Aventura and then place stations at every intersection.

30kmillionMIA
9 days ago

163rd & Biscayne will need a stop in the future. That area already has towers under construction, and will be completely transformed 30 years from now

pork rinds
9 days ago

it would make more sense for mass transit to skip the lil haiti stop at 61st and put one at 79th st where there is much more east /west traffic and commuters…if the city planners had any brains and foresight they could have built street cars on those one way streets to connect from existing metrorail all the way to the north part of miami beach..i dont think the cranks of miami beach would be as opposed to light rail for essential workers on this part of the beach.

Anonymous
9 days ago

I am sure I read earlier that the 79th street El Portal stop was scrapped due to not enough space or something like that. I could be wrong but I am sure I read that.

Pork rinds
9 days ago

The f.e.c right of way is huge at 79th and where the river bends..tons of space..

Anonymous
8 days ago

Smart Program for transit derails stop at El Portal
Mass transit’s Northeast Corridor is one step closer to its alignment and stations as the county Department of Transportation and Public Works decided that an El Portal station near Northeast 79th Street would be too challenging to build.

From an article on another site

Antennae
9 days ago

This should be a Metrorail extension or at best an accessible transfer.
One hand doing one thing and in the same city, the other hand doing something else.

Anonymous but you can call me Mike
9 days ago

Love it but as we increase the utilization of these railway tracks on this corridor we are going to increase not only automobile traffic at each intersection of high density areas but also risks of accidents. Metrorail and Metromover are elevated for a reasons. Someone better start thinking on how to fund the the elevation of these tracks on this important corridor.

Anonymous
9 days ago

Not gonna happen any decade soon

wanderer34
9 days ago

The time for elevation will come but Miami Dade needs to consider at least proving commuter rail service along that corridor before even thinking of elevating the corridor, which is the best case scenario IMHO, but the corridor needs service first.

Also, if people are that stupid enough to go around the closed railroad gates for whatever reason, they’ll pay for it with their lives as I don’t feel sorry for the useful idiots that go around closed railroad gates. They’ll serve a gory example!

Chattanooga choo choo
9 days ago

Streecars systems on dedicated lanes on select roads–a streetcar on miami ave could serve downtow,wynwwood,design destrict,miami shores and nort miami all the way to 163rd…just gotta do it..and its cheaper and quicker

Jerome
8 days ago

The more rail infrastructure the LESS car traffic we’ll have, just as a consequence of more people choosing to ride effective public transport and opting out of being in their car and clogging up the roads all day. This is a net positive whichever way you look at it.

Anonymous
9 days ago

This is the much needed connection we need, from Design District and Wynwood to Downtown and Brickell.

Can someone please explain why we need a Brightline stop in Aventura, if there is going to be a local north line to Aventura?

It seems like it would just slow down the high-speed route to Ft. Laud, West Palm and eventual Boca, Orlando and Tampa

BDub
9 days ago

Please substitute “are being built” for “are being studied”.

Azarius
9 days ago

This sucks for anyone using the train for events that last past midnight

Jay Ell
9 days ago

“The service is expected to run 5 AM to midnight, with 60 minute headways. During peak morning and afternoon weekday rush hour times, headways would be 30 minutes.”

These headways are trash. Maybe 20 mins rush hour and 30 mins off peak. Right now, what they propose is bus headways on rail infrastructure. Pathetic.

Anonymous
9 days ago

So, Brightline will be the one running this rail, and not Tri-Rail or MD County?

Anonymous
9 days ago

Brightline owns the tracks. TriRail will pay a fee to use them.

Wiseguy
9 days ago

Florida east coast railway owns the tracks. Brightline leases it

Fern
9 days ago

Brightline has exclusive rights to passenger service on the tracks. Brightline will then lease out those rights to Miami-Dade and Broward for their commuter rail services

Anonymous
9 days ago

So just curious. Will Tri-rail trains then run on this track. That part always confused me. I assumed that they wouldn’t be the nice brightline trains.

Melo, the true giga chad
9 days ago

Are there townhall meeting about future Public Transit projects that we can attend?

Space the stations out!
9 days ago

Skip design district, add 79th Street

Mangrovepuppy
9 days ago

When all of these systems were discussed decades ago my thought was. Why is there not a beach loop. A monorail from the cruiseship ports down the beach. Essentially connecting the two. Not US1 but A1A.
Tri rail should have more trains. The stations should have departures and arrivals every 15 minutes. All day long. I believe ridership would exponentially increase if one knew that the train ran every fifteen minutes. I take tri rail when it doesn’t matter. For fun. If it ran every fifteen minutes I believe that would suit more potential riders.

anon
9 days ago

a real metro is 0.5 miles between stops, which translates to every 9 blocks in Miami (and four blocks east/west) if they built that metrorail we could build mid rise density at each station. and make it straight through from aventura to south miami in 30 minutes- one can only dream.

anon
9 days ago

oh and trains every 3 minutes, build it and they will come!

Name
9 days ago

This will be tri rail trains ?

Peter Tapia
9 days ago

I wish just another bs tease since 1990

Anonymous
9 days ago

So let’s be realistic, how long is going to take to build the stations and all the infrastructure? Least one decade, maybe more.

Demetrius
8 days ago

when will this be completed

Pedro E.Garcia
8 days ago

Miami and rapid transit has always been a failure since Metro Rail the expansion from Dadeland to Civic center a success then the other expansion it all went to hell.

Annie
8 days ago

How many rail systems is this city going to have?!

Chicho
7 days ago

Comment (When will this b completed)NEVER.Like Miami Int’l Airport it’s alway undergoing changes and by the way International is not I have traveled parts of the world MIA is (0) when it comes to b World Int’l Hubs on Airports,