Dade Mayor Gives Update On New Rail Service, Flights To China

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez delivered his 2018 State of the County address yesterday.

In the speech, Gimenez provided an update on transit and the airport:

Smart rail plan:

  • The North Corridor (through Liberty City, Opa Locka, and Miami Gardens) and South Corridor (from Dadeland to Homestead) have been identified by the TPO as first priority of six lines – despite running through the least densely populated areas of any proposed route
  • Gimenez isn’t sure if rail, bus or another technology is the answer for those corridors
  • All corridors should be planned at once, instead of focusing on just two, Gimenez said
  • Gimenez wants stations to be indoor and air conditioned. They should be able to accommodate both rail and bus rapid transit

Northeast Corridor Rail Line:

  • While Gimenez thinks rail is not necessarily the best choice for certain corridors of the Smart plan, the Northeast Corridor will definitely be a rail line
  • Brightline is being called a “partner” on the corridor, which will run through a densely populated area from downtown Miami through Aventura
  • Cities along the route must be engaged in order to build stations, he said

Road:

  • Gimenez wants a new highway – the 836/Dolphin Expressway expanded south – while protecting the UDB. The new highway will be called Kendall Parkway

Airport:

  • Gimenez will travel to China this year will the goal of securing a nonstop flight
  • In November, a passport and customs check reopened in concourse E, for a total of three Federal Inspection Stations airport-wide (an airport spokesperson confirmed the opening)
  • MIA now has 107 airlines, more than any other airport in the U.S.
  • 2017 was the best year ever for tourism, with a record 15.8 million overnight visitors spending a record $25.9 billion in Miami-Dade

 

 

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Miami
2 years ago

CAN’T WAIT FOR NEXT ELECTIONS. GIMENEZ OUT!

Leo
2 years ago

Me too. I voted for him last time because he used to like train system like the metrorail but know all he does is complain. Why not apply for federal funding for some lines that are less of a priority and use the money on more important lines that goes through dence neighborhoods.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I AGREE YOU!!!!

Don’t waste my time with busses
2 years ago

$26B and growing. Give the people the damn rail you promised back in 2002.

Ready for Miami to join NYC, DC, Chicago, Philly, Seattle, and other premiere American cities that we are often compared to in any other category!

wow
2 years ago

BUILD BAYLINK

Anonymous
2 years ago

^This right here. Makes the most sense for tourism.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not only does it makes more sense, it should’ve been built fifteen years ago!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Metro stop at the port would also make sense for tourism, yet I have never seen as much as a mention for this

marc
2 years ago

It is the biggest no brainer of all and it should be Metrorail, at least to 5th and Washington This would make it a seamless ride for tourists and locals alike..

Anonymous
2 years ago

Nah, just run the MetroMover from downtown and across the Bay to 5th and continue up Washington Ave and then connect to Collins Ave somewhere between 50th or 52nd st, and run it all the way up to Adventura and Sunrise. MetroMover is cheaper to do this and faster to build.

Metrorail can then connect with it somewhere near Hard Rock Stadium.

But, I know, something like this makes too much sense… but I can wish.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Metromover runs at like thirty miles per hour and doesn’t have enough capacity to accommodate how much traffic will come out of such a route. With how long it’s been taking, we need a solution done properly. No Metromover or Chinese “virtual bus” B.S.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Why should a Metromover system travel thru a tourist area like Miami Beach faster than thirty or thirty five miles mph? I thought the place was a place to see and be seen in? And with more trains, why wouldn’t it have the capacity to accommodate a higher ridership? When I go to South Beach, I’m not looking to get there from mainland Miami in 2.2 minutes. I just want to get there and go from one end of the place up to Sunrise without putting up with traffic and parking when I get there.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami Beach is a major population center and employment center, too. People who live here would like to be able to take a train or two from their condo to job in Doral or Dadeland, and people in Hialeah to their job in SoBe.

We’re not Disney or the 1962 Seattle World Fair. We need to use efficient systems of transit by route. Metromover serves Greater Downtown Miami fine, but anything beyond is a greater scale and requires Metrorail or light rail/streetcars.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The MIC (airport) people mover goes at 40 mph. If the Baylink were built to similar specs it would make it from Government Center to South Beach in less than 10 minutes. I mean, you could trim 5 minutes off the commute by making it a 80 mph heavy rail line, but at the cost of billions in upfront costs and billions more over the years in maintenance costs.

Anonymous
2 years ago

amen

Oscar
2 years ago

We just spent $1.7 billion on the Miami Intermodal Center, $1 billion on the Port Tunnel, $550 million on the Dolphin-Palmetto Interchange, and are about to spend $800 million on the “signature” bridge. Now Gimenez wants a multi-billion dollar highway going through protected Everglades land but we have “no money” for rail expansion. Seriously?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Why is there no pushback about spending so much money on this signature bridge as we are strangled by traffic?
Use that money to build BayLink. Now.

Anonymous
2 years ago

There has been push back, but the problem is the “Signature Bridge” is a Florida Dept of Transportation project. Many people who visit this site (TNM) have voiced their disapproval of this very expensive land bridge.

marc
2 years ago

Because it’s part of the I-395 reconstruction to go along with the whole rebuild of 836. It’s for the entirety of I 395, not just the bridge. From I-95 to the MacArthur.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I wish when the I-395 was first constructed, it would of stretched all the way west to were present day SR 836 is now. That way there will be no tolls. Interstates generally don’t have any tolls with the exception of express lanes. But we are stuck with SR 836 unfortunately…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami-Dade does not have the authority to divert those funds in question to Baylink or any other project. If you divert the funds that money that’s been designated for the bride goes back to the State of Florida. There is zero guarantee the state would reissue funding for an alternate project in Miami-Dade.

Oscar
2 years ago

This is correct in the most practical sense. I’m not asking to divert funds away — just pointing out that this “no money” claim is nonsense. There clearly is money to fund infrastructure as evidenced by the billions being poured into those various projects. The planning / prioritizing needs to shift not just on the City and County levels but at the State and Federal levels, too.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Fdot money…

Anonymous
2 years ago

When I read the article and saw the words ” new highway ” I didn’t want to believe it myself.

Anonymous
2 years ago

while i agree. i also think that a highway needs to be built out west. kendall and doral are dying because of the traffic.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Great Point Oscar! Notice All of the improvements you mentioned are for car use, Florida Politicians are Big on Cars and Oil!(Hence the friction for Bright-line stations in ORL) I wouldn’t expect any improvements for mass-trans that would take OIL money out of those big pockets.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Love this:

“MIA now has 107 airlines, more than any other airport in the U.S. 2017 was the best year ever for tourism, with a record 15.8 million overnight visitors spending a record $25.9 billion in Miami-Dade“

Anonymous
2 years ago

All the money pouring into our city and we can’t finish construction on the palmetto lol

Anonymous
2 years ago

And “too costly” to fund metro rail expansion. Give me a break..

Anonymous
2 years ago

….and many would say that MIA is the most disorganized airport in the country, especially when changing from int’l to domestic connections.
Ugh.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Just read something about it being one of the most punctual airports (stumbled upon in my job in the tourism industry, not from Miami affiliates).

Anonymous
2 years ago

Coastal Link should have been built yesterday.

Considering that is the easiest of any of the proposals, build that one first, prove you can, then consider one of the other lines.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Oh great!! More freaking busses. Why don’t we just go back to horse carriages !! Vote this idiot out already in the next election and get some fresh young blood!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I would of thought the East West to FIU would of been easier to tackle ??

Man I can’t stand this guy and these old outdated politicians. Hindering our county progress. I hope young Suarez is better and we get more leaders his age.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Agreed. Gimenez needs to be retired in an elderly home already where we can reminisce about the silent era ways.

Anonymous
2 years ago

This man is such a POS, dragging his feet on everything and now he gets a free trip to China–just like when him and his wife went to Paris “to study the Paris Air Show”, idiot, Miami will stay a backwater as long as Carlos Clownmenez keeps getting elected

Anonymous
2 years ago

We need more rapid mass transit and no I’m not talking about adding more buses to add more traffic! Extending the 836 down south would be one good solution because it will alleviate traffic flow on the turnpike going north and south. And extending the metro rail lines and metro movers through out the county would be ideal! Which would mean less cars on the streets. Wake up Gimenez! Miami is growing, so we need a better infrastructure

Anonymous
2 years ago

This moron needs to be voted out.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami wants to be on par with the best cities around the world. We want to be world class we want to be in the top ten best,most visited and recognized cities in the world. That’s great I would love to see that but the problem is the powers that be want us to be that but won’t allow us to be that. They drag their feet with expanding rail something that should have Ben done years ago. They try to kill projects like Innovation district because of billboards,which would have created hundreds of jobs. We can only build towers but so tall they gave David all kinds of hell about building a soccer stadium. They don’t even want to spend the money to build a court house they want to water that down. It’s your city damn court house! Why be cheap? Everything I just mentioned etc. Etc. Etc. great cities around the world been had years ago! An we still don’t have it! I love Miami but it can be so much more if they (mayors an whoever else) allow it to be because other cities go above and beyond to make their city first class.

Munne Dane
2 years ago

What does overspending taxpayer money on a fancy courthouse have to do with being a great city?

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s not about the court house the point is why take a cheap route for everything. To have a nice state of the art court house that will be future proof it cost money. Why go cheap then 20 years later here you go again with $80 million worth of upgrades an renovations. Other great cities dont bitch so much about spending like we do that’s why their city is so much more beautiful and advanced. They build whatever they want and money is not an issue, think Dubai, New York, Paris in comparison. Top of the line everything thats why they look the way they do and thats why they are considered first class.

Common Sense Posting
2 years ago

Not the original poster, but hmmmm let me think this one through for you.

Maybe a city that doesn’t have rapid transportation connecting its busies parts shouldn’t waste it’s money gilding the columns of a new courthouse, and instead used the taxpayer money on stuff that will actually benefit the taxpayer.

Anonymous
2 years ago

So a court house won’t benefit us? We have out grown the one we have now as the population continues to grow. If you spend the money on a court house for the next 50 to 100 years you won’t have to worry about out growing it in 20 years.

Make it happen
2 years ago

All great ideas, just don’t come asking for another half cent from those who already paid for empty promises…

Anonymous
2 years ago

why doesn’t he do a stopover on the way to China in Tokyo to talk to Japan Airlines?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Why doesn’t he just stay in China and not come back is more like it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Stop chasing China flights from popular destinations. There are other cities in China other than Beijing and Shanghai or Hong Kong. Some with populations as large as close to 50 million people in the urban area. Try for some of those airports. He and while I’m at it someone Clean up the garbage on I-95 please

Miami1
2 years ago

I can confirm that Concourse E FIS is open.

Preston33154
2 years ago

P-A-Leeeze… firstly–busses, for those who drive a car–are the anti-Christ! Adding RBT or Expanded Express Bus Transit will be met with failure… as they will always be longer than driving your personal car with your personal belongings, computers, luggage, whatever.

Welcome to the Banana Republic of Miami Dade.

To a driver of a car, the bus is a catalyst in creating road gridlock! Even when a MetroBus driver has a dedicated Right Hand Lane–they stop the bus with its butt hanging out in traffic causing a stoppage. ANTI-CHRIST!

A decent RAIL experience is the ONLY way you will get drivers out of their cars! A dedicated Rapid Bus blah-blah (BRT) is an easy-man’s way out. And that won’t work unless we are in such utter-gridlock, there isn’t another way. Maybe in 50y… As bad as things are–it’s not THAT bad as to take a RapidBus *(read: still in traffic!)*

I am originally from Dallas. When I left Big D in 1989, The 1% Sales Tax to create DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) was just passed. Now it is World’s Largest Light Rail System (at-grade, above-grade, below-grade/subway). Some people say it “doesn’t work”… well–the ridership exceeds the capacity of the stations and the trains… now they are having to extend the load/unload platforms to allow for an extra trainset (#3) to accommodate the ridership! (???) ((how is that not working??))

In the USA, a Transit System will ***never*** break-even or pay for itself. As every other country offsets and covers these costs from a Federal Level. And, they have a 22%+ Federal Sales VAT (Value Added Tax) on everything! (and we complain about a lousy 7.5% Sales Tax!) So we have to realize that any — ANY — system will be guaranteed to operate at a deficit. No municipality can charge what it truly costs to operate a Mass Transit System. Especially in a Suburban environmental city.

Actually, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, is one of the best we’ve had in decades! And he’s stuck between a Rock and a Hard-Place, Financially-speaking. All of the Transit Plans are financial losers. And it’s his job is to do what the constituents want, and be financially prudent. However, when it comes to a city/county’s Mass Transit–none of that is actually possible on every level. His decision needs to be what is best for the City/County in the world-wide big picture. And in the long-run… that’s rail! The world discovered that a long time ago. Yes, Rio has a great BRT. And a few other random cities… but the US and it’s Car-Centric Society will never let go until there’s enough RAIL to make it feasible.

We need to swallow it all… bite the bullet… and make RAIL happen! All other investments are lost money and will only delay a real solution! In the end, it will be a rail-based NETWORK of trains that constitute the future of Metro Miami-Dade Transit. (Next missive will be on defining a “Network” of Metrorail trains to co-habituate with an updated and changed MetroBus network! (Keyword=”network”… what we don’t have now!)

Yohan Perez
2 years ago

Giminez is the biggest town idiot. Why is this ass our mayor? He says he doesn’t know if rail or bus is the best way to go!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

JUST EXTEND THE METRO. no one is going to ride it if they have to make 3 transfers (bus, metro, light rail) every day to go to work/ school.

Anonymous
2 years ago

People don’t vote for Gimenez next election!!!

Wang
2 years ago

They used the same state of the county as the one in… 1998? (New rail, 836 extension, Asia flight)

[sarcasm mode Level God]

Anonymous
2 years ago

Gimenez is awful. We were supposed to get a whole new train system since he cancelled sanctuary city status. We’ve gotten nothing from his being Trumps bff. He says one thing and does another. He needs to go. Raise taxes and build a real transit system. Get it done!

Anonymous
2 years ago

1-Can anybody explain how come the least densely populated areas of any proposed route are priority???
2- Are those weird green loocking things going to run inside the city or the higways?