Finally! Miami Beach Monorail Moving Forward After Commissioners Approve

Miami-Dade commissioners voted yesterday to proceed with a plan to build a monorail from Miami Beach to Miami.

“A transit solution for the Beach Corridor has been more than three decades in the making and we are so pleased that the Commission overwhelmingly voted in favor of taking this important step,” said Christopher Hodgkins, Senior Advisor for lead Monorail investor Meridiam and CEO of the PortMiami Tunnel.

With yesterday 10-2 vote, the Miami Beach Monorail Consortium will begin planning for the project to begin construction. Commissioners will then vote on the final design and budget in 12 to 18 months.

“We look forward to working with the Miami-Dade County administration and the community over the next 12 to 18 months to lay critical planning, engineering and budgeting groundwork for the Miami Beach Monorail,” Hodgkins said. “Our goal remains to bring a sustainable and accessible monorail to serve both residents and visitors, while generating thousands of jobs for locals.”

The final cost is expected to be around $60 million paid by the county per year to the Meridiam consortium over 30 years, with Meridiam and its partners fronting an upfront cost expected to be around $770 million.

Commissioner Eileen Higgins said during the meeting yesterday that projected high ridership means that the project can likely receive federal funding, and that the state is also interested in providing funding.

Miami-Dade Transit Director Alice Bravo said the county has been approached by a group that owns land on the Miami Beach side, interested in hosting the transit hub on their property.

In Miami, a transit hub with Metromover and bus connections will be built on the Genting property, as part of a land swap with the current Omni station.

Approximately 3,000 jobs will be created during construction, the Monorail Consortium said.

 

 

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Anonymous
11 months ago

So someone going from MIA to the beach will take the MIA people mover to Metrorail to Metromover to Metromonorail. That’s 4 different transport modes to go around 10 miles. Holy crap.

William
11 months ago

Well said.

Anonymous
11 months ago

It is why the new monorail needs to end at metrorail government center, after a stop at the Genting station.

Anonymous
11 months ago

They all start with Metro___ so there’s that.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Precisely why if you are not downtown, this project smells failure. Moreover, it probably won’t get built as Miami Beach still does not want it.

Anonymous
11 months ago

If the individual rents a car, he will still have to take the people mover as it’s in the same location as Metrorail. If he takes a taxi, it could be more convenient, but substantially more expensive. If the individual lands during peak or near peak-traffic, the trains will be much more attractive.

Anonymous
11 months ago

That still doesn’t excuse transit from coming up with a better alternative than having a ridiculous 4 transfers for a 10 mile trip.

Anonymous
11 months ago

An inexcusable downvote for this truth….must be a Genting lobbyist

Anonymous
11 months ago

More sense in this post than anything the County Mayor has said in years. This project is a joke.

Anonymous
11 months ago

with suitcases and non ac-stations…what a short-sighted ridiculous plan.

Anonymous
11 months ago

is ok we do it in NY all the time. smh!! yeez!

Anonymous
11 months ago

Plus another bus or a taxi from Alton road to their building somewhere in south beach.

KC Jones
11 months ago

The worst part of this is actually the technology, which is really the same as what was built in Disney World in the early 70’s. It is antiquated. Why not use 21st century solutions for 21 century problems.This rubber tire solution is not as loud as the steel to steel of the Metrorail, but its maintance is just as encompassing. The commisioners last year imposed a moratoriumon on any chinese built technology based on the fears from the Trump administration and the pressure from Marco Rubio. This in actuality limited the options for this corridor and all future corridors to either be heavy rail (Metrorail) or rubber tire (this option) and has made it expensive relative to what is being developed in Asia, Urban Maglev, which is much cheaper, quieter, is virtually maintance free because it’s frictionless and parts do not wear out, has zero vibration meaning that you can build multi-use developments over station for greater public use and benefits. Maglev is best in China because most of the magnet alloys are mined in China, but the Koreans and Japanese have also developed. Note that this rubber tire monorail solution will require Fed dollars, which will take years for approval as that will need Fed and state specs. Also note that the real price tag is $1.8 Billion ($60m X 30 yrs), a far cry from the $770 that it will cost the developer. This was originally proposed at about $400M +, but because of the moratorium on Chinese rail solutions, this bid went to Canadian Bombardier. The approved solution is close to $200M per mile. In China, urban Maglev is being developed at close to $50M per mile. Had that been allowed for this corridor, the cost would have been at about $100-120M per mile with a chinese built and US assembled car, US built monorail solution meaning that it could have been done without Fed money cutting the project to an early delivery of 2024 vs 2030 which is what the approved solution will be.

Anonymous
11 months ago

If Miami Dade County pays 1.8 billion dollars over thirty years and it cost 770 million dollars to build, that’s a profit of 233%. How is that a good deal? Typical Miami Dade politics and short sightedness. So Miami Dade commissioners thought it was more important to take a stand on Chinese technology that is proven, cheaper and built to suit and quicker to deploy so they can say it’s not American? If the trains are made in China, but the rest like the monorail system, the stations, the infrastructure is made here and provides jobs in Miami Dade, isnt that the same as saying we can’t have our cell phones, laptops, tablets, computers, TVs because they are made in China to use in our US provider system? Pretty small minded! It would be great to have a better and more streamline system that doesn’t strap Miami Dade citizens for more funds and waste.

POLO
11 months ago

“The comissioners last year imposed a moratoriumon on any chinese built technology based on fears from the Trump administration and the pressure from Marco Rubio.” Don’t the comissioners and Marco Rubio know that Trump has a private chinese bank account?! Anyway, Trump will be history after January 20, 2021.

Anonymous
11 months ago

O.K. Hunter.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Ok boomer

Anonymous
11 months ago

It is mind-boggling how the original Metrorail plan did not include a line from MIA to Miami Beach. Taking the #1 driver of the local economy–tourists–from the #1 transit mode they use to get here (MIA) to the biggest tourist attraction (Miami Beach) seems like such a no-brainer that it’s unbelievable it was not part of the original plan. The only rational explanation was the County enjoyed taxi permit and car rental tax revenues too much to give them competition.

Anonymous
11 months ago

I’m usually one of those “More transit! Less cars!” people. But this project stinks on so many levels.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Geez, at least connect the thing to Miami Central Station!

Flymia
11 months ago

This is such a bad idea when you look at the details. Expand Metromover. That is the best plan. This is ridiculous.

Living off A1A
11 months ago

This will bring MDT to FOUR different modes of transportation to maintain. They can’t maintain the three they have now! What’s going to happen when this thing breaks? It doesn’t appear to have a maintenance facility attached to the drawings that were published. (It is mentioned in the RFP Scope… but no plot of land or space allowcated…???)

As others have commented >>> how do you get to MIA from SoBe? 1. Take a Taxi/Uber/Lyft to the only station off Alton Road. 2. Transfer (with luggage in-hand) from Baylink to MetroMover. 3. Transfer (with luggage in-hand) from MetroMover to MetroRail. 4. Transfer (with luggage in-hand) from MetroRail to MIA-Mover. ***THIS SHOULD BE METRO-MOVER!!!*** As antiquated the APM is >>> utilizes a system the MDT is already operating… and can in incorporated into daily operations w/o a whole new team and new training.

If they close the Omni Loop from School Board to Government Center and inroads for extension north to Wynwood and Midtown… then it would be a system *NETWORK* that would bring riders… who will leave their cars at home! Not just another Boondoggle for the Banana Republic of Miami Dade.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Wonder how the well-heeled residents of Palm Island and Star Island will react to this…..

Anonymous
11 months ago

Who cares?.. just because they bought an expensive piece of real estate on star island doesn’t mean they own the cities of Miami and Miami Beach.

Anonymous
11 months ago

They care, and since they live there and pay more in yearly property taxes than you gross in 2-3 years of working, will likely be heard from and listened to.

Anonymous
11 months ago

You bragging about how much they pay a year in taxes only mean they can buy you to

Anonymous
11 months ago

I’m stating fact, don’t get butthurt little one. Star Island property owners hold a lot more sway than 20-something guys from Hialeah living with their parents hoping to get a cheap transit ride to SoBe to blow their Pollo Tropical paychecks on girls and booze.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Oh, the licker of rich butts still wants to defend the wealthy. Give it up dreamer, you’ll never live on Star Island so put your tongue away.

Anonymous
11 months ago

This is certain to be completed before Moishe Mana ever attempts to achieve anything downtown.

Anonymous
11 months ago

I guess by the time is done, my grandsons will enjoy it.

Anonymous
11 months ago

This is one of those projects that makes you shake your head because then they wonder why they don’t have money for roads or schools. Can these fun projects until things like flooding drainage are fixed.

Charles
11 months ago

It’s a start.
the main project is extending Metro rail up to the Broward county line ( Hard Rock Stadium) and Broward transit extended it up to Sawgrass Mills/ BB&T center. Brightline/County is building the station in Aventura To be ready next fall. Progress

SobeSmiles
9 months ago

This is long overdue. Sure the implementation is trash, BUTi t’s still better than NOT having a Rail system that actually goes to where people work and live as well as where tourists want to SPEND at all.

Trust me this will make money and sense when it’s done in combination with the other transportation and mass development projects.

Disclaimer/Background: I am from Westchester and was in a lower economic bracket, now I am in South Beach in a much higher economic bracket. I am hispanic. I have no political affiliation, however I always vote at local, state, and national level on only issues pertaining to real estate and infrastructure.

Anonymous G
11 months ago

Nice. This will be one hell of a construction project.

Anonymous
11 months ago

I’m fine with this only if the County demands that it gets built in a way that can be easily expanded to Government Center later. As it is, this thing is pretty useless.

Anonymous
11 months ago

I would seriously be impressed if they start construction on anything!

Anonymous
11 months ago

i guess they need a dedicated metromover route that is waiting for passengers and as soon as they get off metrorail takes them straight to the monorail station to minimize all the hassle caused by all the transfers they have to make

Anonymous
11 months ago

When is construction starting?

Anonymous
11 months ago

What they are not telling you is that it takes Federally funded projects on average 10 years because of the complexity of federal process. As well mentioned, cost is $770M but because of the payments, and P3 financing with Fed involvement, the cost will be $1.8B paid over $60M for 30 years. Expect 2030 at best.

Anonymous
11 months ago

The average cost of a Drink on South Beach is $14 dollars, the average income of someone who needs public transportation <25 k. A tourist most with few money concerns would simply call uber to make the trip without transfers. To my knowledge this doesn't connect to the Airport. OK This project is not for the public or tourist WHO exactly is this being built from? Let me guess………the builder .

I'm not mentioning the fact the MacArthur expressway shifts a few inches northward every 5- 10 years due to the displacement of the Cruise Ships along side it. The legs of that rail will need to be made of rubber to keep from crumbling. Who paying for that ?

Anonymous
11 months ago

Why stop abruptly at Alton road instead of going all the way to Washington Ave?

Charles
11 months ago

This is for local commuters. Try Getting to work at Mt. Sinai on a daily basis on the Julia Tuttle.

Anonymous
11 months ago

I’m tired of all the moaning an groaning.. hurry up and start construction of this damn thing!

Anonymous
11 months ago

Big mistake, stop supporting communist Chinese. How many of those voting took their “free” aka tax payer funded trips to communist China to view their “virtual train” aka extended bus. Miami is corrupt and this is a banana republic and we are falling to China’s “infrastructure gift” trap, why is any one giving China money?

Anonymous
11 months ago

I like China. Their food is good and their women are often hot.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Um, yeah… just stay away from the restaurants and street food vendors that serve rat meat.

Anonymous
11 months ago

The man can be hot too.

Anonymous
11 months ago

And their viruses are lethal

Anonymous
11 months ago

Its a Malaysian company and theyre using canadian trains now

Anonymous
11 months ago

Who are you to interject facts into this guy’s anti-China rant? Downvotes for you! /s

Anonymous
11 months ago

Who are you to give your lame opinion on here?

Anonymous
11 months ago

Who are YOU to give your stupid opinions on here? I want your creds now.

Anonymous
11 months ago

It’s a anti communist China rant, I have no problem with the real Chinese Taiwan…even the people in Hong Kong are great…but the communists are terrible

Anonymous
11 months ago

An anti-Communist China rant on a Malaysian Genting project discussion. Got it.

Anonymous
11 months ago

They’re Trump supporters so give them a break…

Anonymous
11 months ago

One does not have to be a Trump supporter to object to Communist China

Anonymous
11 months ago

What have the Chinese done that the U.S. hasn’t?

Anonymous
11 months ago

I agree!!

South Beach resident
11 months ago

Wonder why my comment was removed, concerning the need for focus on the issue and the needs of South Beach residents, who are tired of over development, crime, corruption. Even the best technology and lowest cost will not stop our City from being overwhelmed. Please, also vote NO on the Miami Beach Marina ” Park ” development. We do not need any more skyscrapers for out state billionaires.

Anonymous
11 months ago

You mean the same South Beach residents who could one day get tired of the street flooding or something else on Miami Beach and post a for sale sign on their property and move outta town?

Anonymous
11 months ago

I feel so sad for all those well off residents of South Miami Beach… whimper…

Anonymous
11 months ago

The biggest scam and corrupt deal is the Marina sale. Vote NO.

Anonymous
11 months ago

The fact this is mainly private funded is good imo because the county is eventually gonna have to spend money to expand this imo. Expanding the downtown portion to Government Center is a must imo for connectivity. Beach end should go closer to the beach and maybe even up to the convention center. Good start tho

Anonymous
11 months ago

Bold of you to assume the county will expand anything considering the fact that they haven’t even touched the metromover in its 40 years of existence

Anonymous
11 months ago

Metromover came out in 1987 and was expanded in 1991, so oops

Anonymous
11 months ago

Yes, finally – progress, however slow! As usual, lots of negativity from haters who should move elsewhere if they hate Miami so much.

Anonymous
11 months ago

You need to change the prescription on your rose colored glasses if you think this will work.

Anonymous
11 months ago

It’s not that we hate Miami, quite the opposite actually. Its that this project seems very short sided when there are so many better alternatives. This is effectively what we are handing down to the next generation so do we really want it to be something thats subpar.

Reid
11 months ago

I live on the Beach near The Causeway and this will be HELL for all of us with constant noise, dust and people embarking from a train. Just NO.

Anonymous
11 months ago

I could suggest some little country towns that you could move to if you want.

Anonymous
11 months ago

I could suggest some megacities like LA, NYC, Shanghai, London, etc. if Miami doesn’t have enough noise, people, and congestion for you.

Anonymous
11 months ago

I’ll take an evolving city over your idea of some stuck in extremely boring Mayberry RFD idea of how a place should be.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Why is the Miami Dade Government paying communist Chinese 60 million dollars every year for the next 30 years for a Miami herald monorail to the beach??

Anonymous
11 months ago

TNM gonna TNM! Not one positive comment about a monorail being built connecting Miami to Miami Beach. Not one sliver of positivity amongst you losers! lol, go away, all of U

Anonymous
11 months ago

Just wait til your mommy burns your chicken nuggets tonight, then you’ll be in full meltdown.

J.
11 months ago

Because it’s not practical. Are you even considering the grievances?