FDOT Agrees To Provide $100 Million In Funding Toward South Dade Bus Rapid Transit

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.

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

The project should have been split in half. Extend rail South to Southland mall where the target park and ride already exists with several stops in between because if you look at a map that’s where all the density is, between dadeland south and cutler bay. Then, from south land mall create a BRT conversion station where BRT can be be built all the way to Florida city. This way, the cost of the project can be cut in half while still serving 80% of the people that will use this leg, with rail.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Agree.. would be nice to have Metrorail all the way to Cutler Ridge.

Anonymous
2 years ago

There is rail already in place. Having tri-rail west would’ve been a better option.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Agreed. The “SMART” plan needs to be amended to take Coastal Link and the CSX Kendall spur into consideration, while allocating resources to lines which matter the most, like Metrorail east to Miami Beach and west to FIU, and from the airport down NW 27th Avenue to Douglas Road station.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Totally agree with you.
You couldn’t be more on the spot.

marc
2 years ago

The Coastal Link is the northeast corridor of the SMART plan.

Anonymous
2 years ago

NOW FOCUS ON BAYLINK

Azarius
2 years ago

This is just fucking sad I rather see them slowly fund the rail and phase it out than do this NO ONE RIDES THE BUS rapid or not!! Do better Miami stop being half asss in a Global City jus ?

Anonymous
2 years ago

The bus is always pack in the South Dade area

peej
2 years ago

If the future conversion to rail is dependent on BRT ridership, this may fail from the get-go. BRT is better than nothing, but sure seems like a half-assed attempt at a solution.

Anonymous
2 years ago

How sad. The city of Miami tricked the citizens again, came up with an elaborate scheme to avoid providing rail. Rail would improve quality of life by easing congestion on the highways. Get with the program, stop being thieves. It’s time to get people off the highway and create a modern metropolis!!!!! Access to reliable transportation creates residents rather than visitors. Take a trip to any major city in Europe!!!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

The city of Miami has nothing to do with this. South Miami-Dade is way outside of city limits. This is a county issue.

Anonymous
2 years ago

worst news today…

Anonymous
2 years ago

I agree. “The route can be converted to rail once ridership is proven.” The South Dade mayors and their public want rail, no one wants anything to do with busses. Ridership then will make rail a no go forever because the numbers will never be there. What a joke.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Jacksonville was awarded money from the same program to covert their Skyway to autonomous vehicles that can also work at street level. These buses will eventually be replaced by autonomous vehicles and will be able to drive on converted Metrorail tracks.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Interesting idea. Would be a good idea to do this in the future. The county is taking a very fragmented approach to expanding transit and this fragmentation will have a negative effect on ridership numbers. If I have to transfer 2-3 times to get to my destination I am less likely to use the transit all together.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Also Jacksonville Skyway is like the Metromover so if its transformation is successful then that is how Metromover gets to Wynwood and Midtown and Edgewater. Technological advancements make extending it cheaper while making it easier to access at ground level.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I think BRT works for south dade for now. But West Dade needs elevated rail. Key word elevated.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Exactly, people in south Dade need to stop complaining. They at least already have a busway that connects to metrorail. I used to live in West Dade where there is absolutely nothing. Half the people living there don’t even know Miami-Dade has a transit system.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Someone’s logic behind this doesn’t make sense. Don’t try to BS people.. just say you’re cheaping out.

Anonymous
2 years ago

They did say they are taking the cheap alternative with expectations that ridership will one day substantiate the need for heavy rail. What these buffoons don’t understand is that the system needs to be there already for developers of multifamily housing to take advantage of the system along the corridor. More transfers to another system will not help ridership and not stimulate the need developments around the stations.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Also, more development means more TIF money which means more expansion. So by taking the cheap way out they are short changing their future tax income to continue to expand the system.

Anonymous
2 years ago

This is why the people of Miami are tired of this silly bandage approached to our transit expectations. $300 million?.. why can’t they take the same money, add to it, and expand the metromover over to Miami Beach? How much longer must we wait for something as simple as running the metromover over to Miami Beach? Like one of the commentators said, are we going “back to the future?” Talking about running a “busway” along this corridor that already has one is redundant! But this news is supposed to be some kind of revelation?

Stop playing with us you elected officials.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami-Dade will still F this up. Mark my words!

Anonymous
2 years ago

We need rail.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Extent the metro to Florida City! This is just a glorified bus route!

Anonymous
2 years ago

The Unions will be happy to have more members -bus drivers- who don’t show up for work..

Anonymous
2 years ago

Make the mayor ride his bus daily to work or no pay

Anonymous
2 years ago

Bandaid & short term thinking will never get MIAMI to be the first class city it deserves to be. Think Paris, New York & London ….MIAMI deserves a first class metro system, nothing less. What happened to the penny tax vote and promises made to Miamians in 2002?! Where’s the bay link?! People have short memories. SAD!

Sam
2 years ago

Great. Now we just need to get rail funding for the North Corridor and get started on the environmental studies and funding necessary for the Beach Corridor. This is long overdue.

Anonymous
2 years ago

what’s the point of having those holes on top of that bus stop canopy ? have the designer sit there for 2 hours in the August Sun and see how quickly the holes are removed

Leo
2 years ago

Stop being mad at the county it’s all the state and federal government fault. Just think about it projects like rail and big infrastructure are done by higher level of government not the local level. This is something that’s really expensive for the county and city to be doing. So get mad at the state because it’s their job to start the conversations on rail not the county. The state spends billion every year expanding highway and rebuilding them but doesn’t want to do the same for rail even though rail will boost the economy more. About the BRT I think it can work out fine they just have to do it correctly and continue stimulation dencity in the south.

Anonymous
2 years ago

they dont want to put rail down there because they are the ones who prevent any meaningful density development south of dadeland

Anonymous
2 years ago

the corridor would blow up if they freed up the density

Reality
2 years ago

Without first solving the US-1 north/south traffic flow and facilitating the east/west connectivity to be able to get to the stations, this just may be a waste of money that compounds the existing traffic chaos. The traffic challenges need to be resolved first, don’t you think?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Procrastinate for two decades, then roll out cheap crap because now you are in a hurry…that’s not smart.

Anonymous
2 years ago

This is a very good project.
Hope to ride it soon.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Back to the Future? There already is a busway along this corridor. Making it better costs $300m and the proof of ridership is still needed to build rail? Take the cash, make it an elevated highway and give Miamians a relief from traffic congestion. Braman, Bomin & Co…you win. We will keep buying cars…just give us more roads to drive them on.

Anonymous
2 years ago

AUTONOMOUS LIGHT RAIL!!!!

This is one place in the country that is basically all set up for it! It combines the tech of autonomous vehicles with the chassis of a light rail car. The train uses the tech to avoid obstacles, while following a magnetic painted line rather than laying expensive tracks.

Alas, this is Miami, so we’re still stuck in 1900.

Anonymous
2 years ago

A global city that’s too cheap to properly invest in transit. Miami is the Bangkok of America slow and backwards

Anonymous
2 years ago

Bangkok is gridlock much much worse than Miami, but BKK is a also a megacity. BKK also has an overcrowded but affective BTS Skytrain and subway as well as very, very affective and very cheap motorcycle taxis and motorcycle grab (uber). Comparing BKK to Miami is once again comparing two completely, completely different cities.

Anonymous
2 years ago

A bus is a bus is a bus.

Anonymous
2 years ago

How is this different from the already existing South Dade Busway?

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s a bus

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hidebound more-urban-than-thou types outraged. Won’t settle for anything less than something that costs three times as much and takes over twice the time to build.