First Vote Next Week On $69 Million Subsidy To Bring Tri-Rail Into Downtown Miami

Miami commissioners will vote next week on providing $11 million towards the cost of bringing Tri-Rail into All Aboard Florida’s MiamiCentral project in downtown Miami.

AAf is asking for $69 million in financing to accomodate Tri-Rail. In addition to $11 million provided by the city, $20 million would come from the state, $8 million from the county, and $29 million from the CRA in the form of rebated property taxes. None of the other agencies have approved financing the project yet.

Mayor Tomás Regalado has said that he would veto the financial assistance to the project and will campaign against it on radio.

Commissioner Keon Hardemon told the Herald that he has been promised free rides on Tri-Rail for his constituents in Overtown, and will support the financing. Marc Sarnoff also supports the plan, while the remaining commissioners are undecided.

Construction at MiamiCentral is already underway. All Aboard Florida officials have said that they must know within weeks whether to build the project to accommodate Tri-Rail.

 

 

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Dave
5 years ago

Why isn’t funding coming out of the half penny sales tax? You know the one supposedly set up for pay for transit improvements (but has been squandered on maintenance and road projects)?

Martim
5 years ago

Used it on Booze and Hookers. You actually think those guys would waste the money on what they told us they would? SMH

Alan
5 years ago

Actually, already $8.3 of the half-penny sales tax has been committed to the project through the CITT (Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust) which controls the allocation of those funds.

Alan
5 years ago

Actually, already $8.3 million of the half-penny sales tax has been committed to the project through the CITT (Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust) which controls the allocation of those funds.

I can’t believe how stupid/short-sighted Regalado is being about this. With a Tri-Rail Station in place Downtown, SFTRA could then bring stations to Wynwood, Design District, Little Haiti/79th, and Aventura by the end of the decade.

Could one of the developers that obsessively reads this site please take 10-min from a martini lunch and contact the City Mayor’s Office? A light drunkenness tone would actually be preferred.

BinBrickell
5 years ago

The single most important thing that needs to be done to improve this city is the CONSTRUCTION OF BAYLINK to connect the inner urban core which is currently fractured into two areas between South Beach and Downtown/Brickell. Without this connection Miami will never be a world class city comparable to other major cities in the world. A simple 5 mile SINGLE TRACK from Miami Central to 5th/Collins can be built, mostly at ground level, taking out the far right inbound lane into South Beach. Funding can come from a $5 toll on the MacArthur bridge into South Beach (south beach residents exempt) and an increase in current metro fare from $2.25 to $2.50 or $3. Perhaps Miami World Center and All Aboard Florida would help with initial costs if it includes direct connections to the beach. If we want to make this city anything like NY, Boston, Chicago or SF it’s time to get aggressive against car traffic and for public transport/urban density.

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Ed
5 years ago

Overtown residents free rides? WTF? How desperate are they to get this funded to tell lies like that.

marc
5 years ago

I chuckled when I read that.

suomynona
5 years ago

Aren’t there already TriRail/MetroRail transfer stations in Hialeah and at MIA?

chris
5 years ago

My point exactly! Why do we need to spend miilions, just so that people wouldn’t have to transfer. I’ve made that transfer many times, and its no problem for me.

marc
5 years ago

Because we also want stops in Midtown, 79th Street, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Aventura and so on. What part of that is so hard to understand. In order to get a proper Tri-Rail Coastal Link that goes down the Biscayne Corridor on the FEC tracks and end up in Downtown Miami we need this to happen now at this price than later where the cost would be exponentially more. Damn the short sightedness down here is ridiculous.

Alan
5 years ago

marc gets it! Exactly!

Finally, the Downtown core would link to all points north on Biscayne Blvd and into Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach.

WhyNotNow
5 years ago

They have no intention of building stations anywhere but Ft. Lauderdale, west palm, cocoa and Orlando. You really should stop spouting what their pr firm says and read the fine print. This will not be a train up the Biscayne corridor.

marc
5 years ago

Tri-Rail has nothing to do with All Aboard Florida other than the intention to use the same FEC tracks that run through the very dense Biscayne Corridor. The proposed stations will be built by SFRTA. The TriRail Coastal Link is just one of two links that are way along in the study department and going into the funding stage. Go to TriRails website and educate yourself.

Alan
5 years ago

WhyNotNow, let’s simplify this so that you and other confused folks can understand:

All Aboard Florida, a private company is currently building — with their own money — a new train station in Downtown Miami for their cross-Floridian venture.

Tri-Rail, a publicly-owned regional transit agency, wants to build their own station adjacent to the All Aboard Florida station. This would allow Tri-Rail trains to DIRECTLY connect to Downtown Miami and thus finish the Biscayne Corridor.

However, time is running out. If Tri-Rail can’t get the money ($69 million) to build their public station, then All Aboard Florida will finish their private station without room for a future public transportation station.

Thus, if we change our mind in the future, we’d have to pay a heck of a lot more.

Do you get it now?

Juan Carlos Contreras
5 years ago

You clearly do not take transit in Miami. If you did, you’d understand that it’s not simply just about one less transfer. This project would significantly cut down on commutes, finally bring commuter rail to Downtown, and strengthen Downtown’s role as an economic hub for South Florida.

gregory
5 years ago

“Mayor Tomás Regalado said he will veto it”
You’re the mayor of the City of Miami he should be doing back flips for this project !

Martim
5 years ago

Said the same thing to myself, when I read that…politicians in Miami…lost cause.

Anonymous
5 years ago

this is very important it will be a cheaper way to connect the northern costal areas which are the most densely populated and it will fullfill the link that was promised when we originally voted for metro rail

BinBrickell
5 years ago

Every penny the city accumulates should be allocated towards BayLink first and foremost. A rail connection from the suburbs to the city is nice to have but a connection between the two urban centers of the 8th most populated metropolitan area in the country is necessary to make Miami a REAL, integrated, practical and attractive city. A quick connection between downtown and south beach (15 min by tram) could stimulate a boom of affordable middle class housing downtown (without views or 5 star amenities but great location) replacing all the run down structures there now. a simple straight forward track connecting Miami Central and Miami World Center/AAA to 5th/collins would be the cheapest way to do it while also minimizing impact on existing infrastructure. New APS trams (power supplied from the ground) can now be made without the ugly wires overhead, as evidenced in Bordeaux, France and the tram in Dubai, which is the route to go for a more aesthetic appearance…

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Anonymous
5 years ago

Tri rail to downtown would be great. I frequently have to drive friends to Hialeah station. A station in downtown makes all the sense. It’s more convenient for people without cars. Thanks.