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