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
2 months ago

We need 15-minute headways, maximum.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Unfortunately no way that’s gonna happen…

Fern
2 months ago

Something like that would require electrification

Lechozo
2 months ago

and moving all freight trains to the Tri rail tracks

Anonymous
2 months 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
2 months ago

agree, we need metrorail expansion

Anonymous
2 months ago

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

Anonymous
2 months ago

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

Anon
2 months ago

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

Michael Hoffman
2 months ago

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

wanderer34
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

wanderer34
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

wanderer34
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

Anonymous
2 months 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
2 months ago

At this point, ill take any new rail projects

Local Arch
2 months ago

It should go up to FTL no?

Read the article
2 months ago

Yes, that’s what it says.

Snail the Whale
2 months ago

ah thanks didn’t catch that at first

Anony
2 months ago

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

Analyst
2 months ago

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

Not Anonymous
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

Anony
2 months ago

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

Fern
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

Anonymous
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

Not gonna happen any decade soon

wanderer34
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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.

BDub
2 months ago

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

Anonymous
2 months 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

Melo, the true giga chad
2 months ago

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

Azarius
2 months ago

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

Jay Ell
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

Anonymous
2 months ago

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

Wiseguy
2 months ago

Florida east coast railway owns the tracks. Brightline leases it

Fern
2 months 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
2 months 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.

Space the stations out!
2 months ago

Skip design district, add 79th Street

Mangrovepuppy
2 months 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.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Why you ROFL? This is to alleviate car traffic, and is not a green energy feel good project.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Stupid statement. We are taking aggregate more gas combustion out through eliminating more cars relative to the train usage.

anon
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

Name
2 months ago

This will be tri rail trains ?

Peter Tapia
2 months ago

I wish just another bs tease since 1990

Anonymous
2 months 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
2 months ago

when will this be completed

Pedro E.Garcia
2 months 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.