Dade Leaders Disagree On Mass Transit Expansion; Mayor May Be Waiting For Driverless Cars

There isn’t consensus among county leaders on how to expand mass transit.

County Commission Chair Esteban Bovo said yesterday that he thinks a Metrorail extension from Dadeland South station to Florida City should get first priority among six possible new routes, according to WLRN.

At the same time, Miami-Dade’s transportation director Alice Bravo said she wanted to look at all six projects proposed as part of the SMART plan comprehensively, including building park and ride lots to feed the system. She and Bovo both want to ‘begin funding’ one of the rail lines at this time next year.

According to the Herald, Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez may now be advocating for bus rapid transit or driverless vehicles as a solution to transit in South Dade.

The total cost for all six lines is expected to be $3.6 billion to $6 billion, and county leaders are hoping for federal funding.