County Says Monorail Proposal For Baylink Is Viable, Commission Vote Set For Next Week

Miami-Dade commissioners are scheduled to vote next week on an unsolicited proposal to build a monorail system from Miami to Miami Beach.

A consortium including Resorts World Miami owner Genting and China’s BYD submitted the proposal on May 2. They are offering to fund its construction.

New details of the monorail proposal were revealed in a memo to commissioners:

  • The monorail will be designed, built, financed, operated and maintained by the consortium, a “turnkey” solution
  • A county analysis has determined that the proposal is financially viable
  • The route is consistent with the SMART plan’s Beach Corridor adopted by the county
  • Existing transit facilities will be integrated

The memo says that the Beach Corridor will connect tourists to four of the six most visited attractions within the county. It also runs through some of the most densely populated areas in the nation.

The full proposal is being kept under wraps for now.

BYD is likely offering its SkyRail system, which it says can be built for $48 million per mile and

Mayor Carlos Gimenez is recommending that commissioners vote to advertise for competing proposals to build the Beach Corridor from other firms. The commission vote is scheduled for July 10.

 

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Anonymous

WHY CAN’T THE CITY JUST EXPAND THE METROMOVER TO SOUTH BEACH? WHY ANOTHER TRANSIT SYSTEM? WHY IS THIS CITY SO STIPUD WHEN IT COMES TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION?

Anonymous

Stupid*
This partially explains it.

Anonymous

Money

Anonymous

For political officials in Miami, easy solutions are too plain and doesn’t make sense. Double decking a freeway?.. now something like that to them makes sense!

Anonymous

isn’t this the work of DOT ?? not that they’re any less stupid. 😉

Anonymous

Yeah right. When anti-rail-Tallahassee get through with all its made up studies to stall it, it will 2035. Then they will deny funding. At the same time, I’m against anything Chinese,so I might be biased.

Azarius

Because the metro mover is outdated and the cost to build and maintain It isn’t worth it so we need a more Efficient and cost effective system

Anonymous

Good thing you don’t have the power to make decisions in NYC.. their Subway system is over one hundred years old.

FuThSh

It’s not as easy as just tacking on a new spur and calling it a day. Unfortunately, since we didn’t build an extensive system to begin with, there are a lot of considerations for the new route. For instance, if you want Metromover but you want to go from downtown to the Miami Beach convention center, you’re gonna have to get off at the end of the line at 6th St and Washington and transfer to a Miami Beach trolley or take CitiBike. Regardless, it most definitely won’t be a seamless transition on the Downtown side either. You’ll have to transfer at Museum Park. Was it stupid to build a piecemeal system over decades? Absolutely, but take a second to breathe and think about all the aspects.

(For the record, I like the light rail option currently being explored by Parsons, because it’s raised when it needs to be, at grade and separated when it needs to be, and would go all the way from the Convention center, to Omni, to the Design District.)

Anonymous

Yes, it won’t be that hard to connect a Metro-mover line that would go across the MacArthur Causeway to a Metro-mover line that already exist and goes by the Adrienne Arsht Center. Remember, they built the truck tunnel. Let’s get something built first and then if it needs correcting, do it!

Anonymous

I say just get it done! I would rather have a company that is eager to get started, rather than government sit and ponder wether or not the Metromover makes any sense to expand. We could be waiting forever for them to expand the Metromover to Miami Beach.

Anonymous

Because they are not paying for this …

Anonymous

so you will have to pay to ride the monorail? If that’s the case I would just drive from downtown to SB.

Anonymous

$2.25 one way $4.50 round trip is cheaper than parking on the beach. Plus you won’t have to deal with causeway traffic. Though as a Brickell resident I would love for it to be free.

Anonymous

Don’t Drink and Drive

Anonymous

No, they will actually give you money to ride it. 🤦🏻‍♂️

Anonymous

Smart

Anonymous

“The monorail will be designed, built, financed, operated and maintained by the consortium, a “turnkey” solution”. Looks like the city will save money building this. However, opportunity lose from fair revenue is possible as well. Brace yourselves for endless studies on this one.

Anonymous

Thats a strange looking bus

-Mayor Gimenez

Anonymous

Look, I told you before, it’s not a bus, it’s a TROLLEY!!!

– The Real Mayor Gimenez

Anonymous

Sad that China had to come into the Miami market to help with its public transportation issues.

Anonymous

Because China love rail, we commissioners here in Miami love freeways.

Double deck! Double deck! Double deck!

Anonymous

Exactly. We don’t have a forward thinking government. They think the status quo is just fine.

Anonymous

The county would love to sell all our facial recognition data to Chinese companies for a monorail when we already have transit options

Danny

Why can’t these be the cars for the metro mover?! The metro mover is sick but the cars look so outdated

Anonymous

Good point.

POLO

This is an opportunity of a life time. They should approve the monorail beach link. The county government is inept and can’t build anything!

Anonymous

“Miami-Dade commissioners are scheduled to vote next week on an unsolicited proposal to build a monorail system from Miami to Miami Beach.”

That means nothing is going to happen.

Anonymous

Right! I was at the last commissioner meeting & all they do is defer, defer, defer.. No Action on any issues.

Anonymous

Bingo! we’ll have a Chinese train to Miami Beach!

Anonymous

visit Liveleak and see “Chinese elevators and escalators”. I’d rather hike to South Beach then ride anything made in China.

Anonymous

It costs too much money and Jimenez wants to be re-elected

Anonymous

Jimenez cant be reelected …. However….

Anonymous

Im sure your home has nothing built in China

Anonymous

Will it go all the way to the government center or brightline station or will everyone be forced to also us the metromover.

Anonymous

So commissioners can vote on this without the public’s input?

Anonymous

if you’re able go to the next commissioner meeting. Before voting, they will let people discuss concerns.

Anonymous

Heck, they already take the half penny tax dollars that the public approved by a vote and pay and spend it how they see fit, so forget what the public says, if they get this Monorail rolling, we’ll all be amazed.

Anonymous

Build it!

Anonymous

Calisto Jiménez asking for competing bids which could stop the momentum delay or even stop it all together

Anonymous

Another veiled obstacle by Jimenez. He thinks we’re not on to his stalling tactics.

Anonymous

Maybe this could replace and expand the metromover inside Miami? It makes no sense to have multiple transit systems.

Anonymous

Metro Mover looks like an outdated toy train set. It needs to be trashed.

Anonymous

Now they do the 10 million 10 year study.

Magazine

Yes, a bunch of people here on corporate convention center conferences want to take a taxi from their hotel to the train station, wait for the monorail, take the monorail to 6th and washington in miami beach, and then wait 25 minutes for the Miami Beach trolley while wearing their suit in 90 degree weather. That sounds perfect.

Anonymous

That’s why Disney World closes during the Summer.

La Mala

It’s obvious that money flows on this deal, the same as Odebrecht when they were the only construction CO. in the world that could work on “Airport City”

When it comes to raw deals with no additives we get buses, then Chinese show up and suddenly Gimenez is for mass transportation.

Anonymous

Even the small towns in Europe have better transportation systems that Miami.
Keep it simple, a street Streetcar loop: Miami Central, South Beach Convention Center, Midtown, Windwood, Entertainment District, Miami Central.

Anonymous

County dumb-asses. We approved a tax 15 years ago to build mass transit to the beach and elsewhere, but instead are begging for crumbs from a casino operator?

Anonymous

It’s says that it is connecting to existing transit, so I’m assuming the metro mover station.

I like it. This monorail could be a tourist attraction all by itself

Anonymous

This will be the forth or fifth train system in downtown Miami…poor tourist will be totally confused.

Anonymous

Not only should Metromover be expanded to Miami Beach, it should go to Doral and Orlando. Forget about Brightline and the Government Center Metrorail platforms earmarkered for east-west expansion. I swear some of the posters on this site are dumber than bricks.

Anonymous

Doral and Orlando? Will it have beds on it?

Anonymous

Was hoping for a system that could do 70 or 80 mph.

Anonymous

Uh, why?

Anonymous

Why not?

Anonymous

Why not?.. because the “Skyrail train” at the Airport goes much slower than that and it derailed. So you wouldn’t mind trusting these Engineers and Mechanics with your life in something on a rail in the sky traveling 70 to 80mph in Miami?

Anonymous

from downtown > south beach 70 mph? Lol

Anonymous

Better than 10mph

Anonymous

I bet women call you “The minute man.”

Anonymous

That’s better than what they call me. They call me “The two pump chump”.

Anonymous

As far as I’m concerned, my goal is to hit the target.. after I hit it, mission accomplished and I don’t care what they call me after that.

Anonymous

Bullet Train

Anonymous

well, I’m sure the Monorail won’t be “free”. So going 75mph would take about 2 minutes. Not sure anyone would pay for this.

Anonymous

So just take a bus or walk.

Anonymous

Vote no