First Of Six Miami-Dade Smart Plan Mass-Transit Corridors Now Officially Underway

Miami-Dade’s first mass-transit expansion proposed as part of the county’s Smart Plan is now officially underway.

Contractors hired to design and build the Smart Plan’s South Corridor were issued a Notice to Proceed earlier this month, according to Miami-Dade’s Transportation & Public Works Department.

The South Corridor will include 20 miles of Bus Rapid Transit, running from Dadeland to to Florida City.

The project is fully financed with a combination of County, State, and Federal funding sources.

Passengers from as far south as Florida City will be able to connect at Dadeland and continue onward to downtown Miami using the Metrorail.

Riders of the new service will enjoy rail-like travel time, “iconic” stations, and level boarding.

The stations are being designed to be able to convert to rail use once demand for the service increases.

The county is promising to convert the line to rail once daily passenger count reaches 35,000 passengers, at which time it will be easier to obtain funding.

The BRT project will cost $368 million. OHL is the contractor.

 

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Anonymous
8 days ago

The Monorail is such a disappointment. Beach residents should be up in arms — they’ve waited 30 years for a project that at a $50+million yearly subsidy will barely move the needle in terms of reducing traffic and vehicles coming onto the island. Honestly, Mayor Cava should kill this project and move back towards the metromover which the PD&E showed has the highest ridership potential.

Anonymous
7 days ago

When you buy Trolleys for people to ride on freely plus a free Metromover system, the money has to come from somewhere.

Anonymous
7 days ago

No wonder it had the greatest ridership potential when it’s free, despite having extremely limited capacity. If you introduce dynamic pricing to Metrorail and extend it to Miami Beach, it would pay for itself better and offer even more capacity as the demand increases if price is lower.

Anonymous
7 days ago

Miami Beach residents don’t want a Metrorail system on their streets because, they say, it’s too big, bulky, and noisy.

Anonymous
7 days ago

It’s true what they say. There’s a reason that Metrorail only “grazes” the west side of downtown and only serves three stations. A heavy-rail line isn’t the best solution for the Beach, but Metromover or a Metromono line would work well.

POLO
8 days ago

What a waste of tax payers money! Extend Metrorail and be done with!

The One
7 days ago

Again, again and once more again. We do NOT have the capacity for Metrorail, LET ALONE 20 MILES. The only real justification for metro rail is the original east-west corridor proposed.

Anonymous
8 days ago

The south safe land corridor is the biggest scam of this project IT WAS ALREADY A BRT CORRIDOR NOTHING CHANGED, you’re telling me these new stations are easily upgradable to rail transit??? Why would we want to have AT GRADE rail??? Banana Republic Miami #NoLeadershipInMiami

Anonymous
8 days ago

This is much different than what is there now; at-grade boarding, group boarding with pre-ticket check-in, larger covered stations to keep people out of the elements. This solution costs 20% of what elevated rail would have cost. I agree with you that it should not be at grade rail in the future though.

Anonymous
8 days ago

Brightline is spending about $1 billion to build a 20 mile grade separated line from Orlando Airport to Disney. Miami Dade will spend 400 million to improve an existing 20 mile bus line.

Azarius
8 days ago

More excited for other portions of this project. Still think the bus line is a waste of time and money. It’s cheaper now to build rail than it will be.

Anonymous
7 days ago

By the time ridership reaches 35,000 the cost of rail will have doubled. Mark my words, that will be the cry.

Anonymous
8 days ago

“The county is promising to convert the line to rail once daily passenger count reaches 35,000 passengers”

That’s similar to the same talk when the people were promised more Metrorail lines if they voted yes for the half penny gas sales tax.

Anonymous
7 days ago

Iconic is used way to loosely in Miami I see… This terminal looks like a shed and you call that iconic!

Anonymous
7 days ago

So spend millions for bus terminals then spend millions more converting it to rail? Miami government is a fuckin joke!

Anonymous
7 days ago

Sssshhhh!!!… don’t tell them that, they think they’re doing a bang up job!

Dave the Crackhead ™
8 days ago

just expand metrorail and continue to the underline park underneath it! This bus idea doesn’t work, and its already there. Oh well, at least the new terminals will give me a comfortable place to smoke crack rock.

Anonymous
7 days ago

Tell the truth, you stopped smoking crack a long time ago. You’re a Meth user, because it’s cheaper and the high last longer.

Anonymous
7 days ago

What really excites me is that the zoning has been changed to urban center designation around the proposed stations providing more options for higher density and transit oriented development. It seems to already be booming even before the BRT redesign

Anonymous
7 days ago

Yeah.. but geez, it took years and years to realize that simple concept.

Anonymous
7 days ago

Better spent on Metrorail to Doral and FIU, and MIC to Douglas Road.

Anonymous
8 days ago

OHL? LOL. This should be then done by 2032.

Anonymous
7 days ago

Just build rail. Why spend the money now to only rip it all up in the end. So backwards.

Anonymous
8 days ago

Metromover should be extended to Florida city

Anonymous
8 days ago

LOL

Anonymous
7 days ago

“The BRT project will cost $368 million”

Elon Musk can do it cheaper.

Flying Fernando
7 days ago

By the time they decide to convert from buses to trains the air taxis/travel will be here.

Anonymous
7 days ago

I’m against metrorail south of dadeland. Because will they really build stations at every current bus stop? I think not. Which would leave huge gaps for current riders.

Anonymous
7 days ago

What, you think they’re really serious when they said they were going to “convert the line to rail once daily passenger count reaches 35,000 passengers?”

Ahhhhhhh hahahahahahah… ahhhhhhh hahahahahahaha… ahhhhhhh hahahahahaha….

LIERS AND THIEF
6 days ago

Lol…dont make me laugh pls

Anonymous
6 days ago

Miami’s Waldorf Astoria is amazing achievement 100 story high rise , sound like a Nose Bleed.

Reality Man
6 days ago

In a recent meeting, Alice Bravo said the trigger to apply for surface run light rail was 55,000, NOT 35,000, but if folks cannot timely, easily, safely, and be able to park, as long as U.S.-1 and its east/west cross streets remain constipated due to lack of grid connectivity, that daily ridership goal of 55,000 may never be able to be achieved, and also surface run rail is NOT the answer, as this just may be a political deflection, don’t you think?

Bill W
7 days ago

35,000 passengers per day? Miami Dade Transit officials would have to fill 437 busses with 80 passengers each in a 24 hour period. One bus every 3 minutes and 15 seconds, around the clock.

An elevated 6 car train easily accommodates 1200 passengers and will not block East/West traffic like the silly BRT.

Third world solutions for Third world cities.