Miami-Dade’s Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust is scheduled to vote this week on a resolution asking the county to reconsider its plan to build a monorail to Miami Beach.
Changing to another system now would likely cost a significant amount of time and money.
The monorail system is already in the planning and engineering phase, following a county vote in October 2020 to move forward with the plan.
A Metrorail or Metromover system would also be more costly to build, previous county studies showed. A consortium has already agreed to privately build and operate a monorail system at a relatively low cost in exchange for payments from the county.
A Metromover system would attract more riders than a monorail however, the same study showed.
According to the text of the resolution, the CITT board would “urge” Miami-Dade County and the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization “to pursue a technology and route that provides a direct connection between Metrorail and Miami Beach without the need for a transfer.”
Reconsidering the Monorail technology would maximize ridership potential and cost-effectiveness, the resolution states.
The CITT meeting is scheduled for October 28.
The CITT resolution scheduled to be considered:
A previous county analysis of each potential mode ultimately recommended either Monorail or Metromover: