Dade Board Votes To Move Forward With $345M Commuter Rail On Brightline Tracks

Miami-Dade’s Transportation Planning Organization Governing Board voted to select commuter rail as the preferred option for a mass-transit project on the Brightline tracks.

The rail plan for the Northeast Corridor was approved at a meeting last week, according to Miami Today.

Trains will run between MiamiCentral in downtown Miami to Aventura.

According to a Brightline investor presentation from January, seven likely stations have been identified:

  • MiamiCentral (an existing intercity station)
  • Wynwood 27th Street,
  • Design District 40th Street
  • El Portal 79th Street
  • North Miami 123rd Street
  • FIU Biscayne 151st Street
  • Aventura 196th Street (also a future intercity station)

Total cost for the project is estimated at $345 million, including rail infrastructure improvements needed for the service, stations, Park-and-Ride facilities, rolling stock, and a maintenance facility.

Operations and Maintenance costs are estimated at $16 million annually. In addition, there will be an unspecified fee to access the FEC tracks.

The county expects to get 50% of funding from the federal government. Miami-Dade will fund 25% from the private sector, People’s Transportation Plan Smart Plan allocation, and other funds. An additional 25% is expected to be provided by FDOT.

With the selection of commuter rail for the Northeast Corridor, five of six Smart Plan corridors now have a preferred mode selected. Only the Kendall Corridor is missing a preferred mode.

 

 

 

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Anonymous
4 months ago

Fares better be comparable to Tri Rail.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Hopefully Tri rail operates it

Azarius
4 months ago

TribRail can operate on these tracks that was the plan all alone. Brightline was used to get the rail infrastructure in place

Anonymous
4 months ago

Hopefully that will happen to make rates competitive BUT TriRail was NOT envisioned using the tracks past 69th St (the E/W corridore from its Hialeah station).

Marc
4 months ago

Except that it originally was, for the Tri-Rail Coastal Link

Anonymous
4 months ago

Sounds like somebody is sulking over a realistic transit option versus his beloved free Metromover over Miami Avenue.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Trust me, nothing’s free.. you may ride on the Metromover for free right now but taxpayers foot that bill.

POLO
4 months ago

It’s NOT a “smart plan” when you don’t have a seamless, unify transportation system.

Anonymous
4 months ago

You’re not smart if you call it a “unify” transportation system.

Anonymous
4 months ago

It should be unified

Anonymous
4 months ago

Living in aventura and hopping on a train to wynwood is exciting.

Anonymous
4 months ago

With trains every one to two hours, stopping service by 10pm… will be great!! 🙂

Anonymous
4 months ago

I mean, with people who think like you, I wonder how did Miami ever get to where it is now?

Anonymous
4 months ago

It’s because of people like him that Miami is still where it is now!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Feeling hopeful…this is a huge step in the right direction!

cec
4 months ago

Anything less than elevated Metrorail extensions are a waste of money in the long run. One suggestion was to use mules for Kendall. I would prefer camels; I think they have more endurance. I would also recommend the two hump variety since they appear to be easier to ride. I am completely objective on this point, as are all politicians. By the way, I have several two humped camels for sale.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Fingers crossed this moves quick

transplant
4 months ago

Decent short term fix but long-term need the metro rail on top of the Brightline tracks with stops every 10 street or so, just like in other major cities with real transportation.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Metrorail is high voltage 3rd rail technology.
Add electrocutions to the death statistics.

transplant
4 months ago

hence why it needs to be “on top” of the current Brightline tracks

Anonymous
4 months ago

Survival of the fittest.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Never going to happen because it’s cost prohibitive and duplicative.

Anonymous
4 months ago

How about a hyperloop?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Great for Miami

Anonymous
4 months ago

It’s insane how expensive these government projects are. $345 million is an astronomical amount for 5 new stations, upgrades to existing track, and rolling stock.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yeah I can’t believe it either. The underline was like $143,000,000. Insane!!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

We are in a first world country, so labor, material costs, administrative overheads are a lot higher here.

Anonymous
4 months ago

i agree

Anonymous
2 months ago

That’s not expensive at all for new railroad infrastructure and equipment. And this is Brightline’s proposal, which is not the government.

Anonymous
4 months ago

So will it be operated by Brightline, or by Metrorail? if it’s another system it won’t be seamless at all…

Anonymous
4 months ago

Would be nice if it was metrorail… they could add additional stations over time because right now there is tonsssss of space between stations. Ugh

bochur12
4 months ago

It cant be Metrorail because Brightline is diesel and Metrorail is electrified third rail, and that doesn’t work on a commuter/freight line . Unless they would modify the current Metrorail cars to use overhead centenary, but I don’t see that happening, and or Brightline electrifying their while route. Besides, I don’t know how you would run a metro service with freight/commuter signaling.

Anonymous
4 months ago

“Only the Kendall Corridor is missing a preferred mode. …”
——
Which is the most important in my opinion –

Anonymous
4 months ago

They will have mules for the Kendall corridor.

bochur12
4 months ago

Why?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Sad sp much money invested for an infrastructure that a single digit percentage of the population will use. There’s never been a cohesive plan to centralize the city.
Just think:. Main stadium, 20 miles north,;biggest job growth center in the last 30 years:. Doral; biggest casinos: 30 miles west, Aventura, Dolphin, International, Westland Malls, all scattered and none have transit;. Coral Gables, no transit, Miami Beach, biggest tourism center, no transit; Little Havana, no transit, Coconut Grove, no transit. Do you see where I’m going?

Anonymous
3 months ago

A lot of the areas you mentioned are bad for walkability, without walkability few people use transit to get there. The only places that you mentioned that do have good walkability already have transit. Little Havana has really good bus coverage. There’s literally a Coconut Grove Metrorail stop.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Cave wait for the FLL airport stop.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I prefer 20th street in Wynwood but I will make my peace with the choice of 27th st.
Meanwhile 40th street is a good option for design district.

bochur12
4 months ago

20th st is too close to Miami Central Station, and doesnt hit the heart of wynwood/midtown like a station on 27th st.

Anonymous
4 months ago

They need at least two more stations
54th St and somewhere between 79th and 62nd St.

bochur12
4 months ago

I agree with 54th st and it’s an important artery, and I beleive it can be a possible infill station in the future. 62nd st is to close to 79th in my opinion unless they changed the service to metro style

cec
4 months ago

I would like a clarification on the height of 830 Brickell. It was 50 floors, then 52 floors and now 57 floors. The longer they work on it, the taller it becomes. What will be the final floor count and how tall will it be?

Anonymous
4 months ago

83 floors, hence the name.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Homestead to kendall train, traffic is getting bad

Choo Choo Train
3 months ago

Guarantee you that the FEC squashes this plan as THEY own the Right of Way, and ultimately have the final say on the matter. Increasing train traffic (particularly north of the 79th street wye) reduces their freight rail capacity and in turn their revenues, it’s unlikely to happen. Dade County may want to build it but ultimately the FEC will be the final decision maker and I can’t see them allowing 15 minute headways between stations during peak transit times. TNM needs to stop promoting fluff.

Anonymous
4 months ago

A design distract station is not needed

Anonymous
4 months ago

build for the future not today

Anonymous
4 months ago

It will never have high ridership at that station

Anonymous
4 months ago

Wynwood, si.

Anonymous
4 months ago

so we don’t need a good transportation system today?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Don’t forget. This IS Miami. There is no planning for taday, much less the future.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Besides, who the hell is going to ride transit in Miami. We have a perfect trifecta for low ridership:
Excess urban sprawl, high heat and humidity, and parking everywhere.

Mr. Miami
3 months ago

*today

Anonymous
4 months ago

36th Street would be much better with downtown platform south and uptown platform north so trains don’t block the intersection.
There’s nothing near 40th Street and the tracks.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Just remember nb/sb trains aren’t limited to one specific track, unlike a road they can run in any direction on any track at any time.

Side note in the case of Orlando’s SunRail, having station platforms split on 2 sides of a major road have proven VERY problematic.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Thanks for the info.

Anonymous
4 months ago

That’s kind-a true. People who shop in the design district dont ride in trolleys, metro movers, or tri rail. More like Bentleys and the like.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I can’t stand themmmm

Anonymous
4 months ago

You are just jealous.
Get a life
Not everything is money. Find your happiness and stop coveting other people

Anonymous
4 months ago

exactly but people want to downvote my comment, yeah you might have a few security that will use it but overall design distract doesnt have enough residents that will use it.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Imagine a major city like Chicago or NYC where people don’t drive around in Ferraris, Bentleys, Maclarens, or even Slingshots. Uptown/Downtown drive times can be very long in these cities, and people will, in fact, take the metro/subway to a location where they plan to spent real money. As Miami and surrounds becomes more densely populated, the drive-times will get worse and the trade-off of using public transport improve. This isn’t a fantasy, it’s how people live in densely populated cities. Miami isn’t nearly as spread out as L.A. even though that’s how it operates now. The future could easily be different.

Anonymous
4 months ago

we arent those cities and literally theres no place middle class apartments in the design distract.

bochur12
4 months ago

Why ? Do people remember there was nothing north of downtown in terms of development, and yet they built the Metromover Omni Loop to the School Board where that was practically the only thing there . Look at N.E 2nd ave, omni and the Arsht center now, and all future development coming.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Like I said, you can bring a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink You, my friend, see the big picture.

Need transit to homestead to miami airport ft laud
4 months ago

Why isn’t there a train that goes down south miami to homestead that’s where majority population lives va hospital miami airport dolphin mall Naranja homestead area