The Florida Department of Transportation has agreed to allocate $100 million in funding toward the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Plan South Corridor
Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization Chair Esteban Bovo announced the funding yesterday.
In total, the project is expected to cost around $300 million – far cheaper than the rail option ($1 to $1.5 billion) preferred by South Dade mayors. It will also be up and running much faster, in just three to four years, compared to seven to ten years for rail. The route can be converted to rail once ridership is proven.
The remainder of the funding is expected to come from local sources, and from the federal government. $9.5 million in federal funding towards the SMART plan was also announced last week by Miami congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, House Appropriations Committee Transportation Subcommittee Chairman.
The TPO approved the tentative work program for the South Dade route at a December 6 meeting. They also voted at the same meeting on a rail link for the SMART plan’s North Corridor.