Four Companies Want To Build A Metororail Expansion North To Broward

Four companies have submitted bids to build an expansion of Metrorail north to the Broward County line, according to Miami Today.

Miami-Dade is now in the process of moving to Phase 2 of the Request For Proposals, and will eventually narrow down the list to a single top bidder.

Japan’s Hitachi and China’s BYD were previously said to have expressed interest in building the rail line.

In 2019, the county voted to move forward with a plan to build an elevated heavy-rail system on the route, known as the North Corridor.

The line will begin at either Metrorail’s Northside Station or Martin Luther King Jr. Station.

It is set to end at Northwest 215th Street, which is the Broward County line.

However, Broward has expressed interest in piggybacking on the line to extend it to Fort Lauderdale, using a recently added 1-percent sales surtax.

Although details of the four Miami-Dade bids haven’t been revealed, politicians said in 2019 they expected it would need federal funding to be built. That would be a problem however, since the feds have previously rejected such requests.

The length of the route is expected to the Broward line is about 10-miles.

 

The north corridor is shown in purple:

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Anonymous
4 months ago

The buffoonery of trying to build a line further into the least used section of the Metrorail is mind boggling.

A west line down the 826, a south line down US 1, another line down Kendall Drive, or a line up to Aventura make so much more sense than going up 27th. Very few commuters from Broward are going to abandon the express buses to use this line.

Anonymous
4 months ago

It’s almost as if these politicians don’t know or drive in their own city.

Anonymous
4 months ago

probably true….just like their constituents. the reality is Miami as a culture is not really “urban” focused.

Anonymous
4 months ago

How you figure? Miami Gardens is growing with The Help out Dolphins and up 27th to Broward opens it up to Miramar , Pembroke Pines, Davie

Anonymous
4 months ago

The vast majority of the population of those cities live nowhere close to University. They aren’t going to drive 20-25 minutes to go to a train station to sit there and wait for a train that’s gonna have 10+ stops on their way to work. They can just take one of the many express buses offered with a stop 5 mins away from home and take that. You aren’t saving them time or money. I would know because I do this commute every day from Miramar and this isn’t going to save me time and end up being more expensive unless they plan on offering free parking (which they wont).

What is needed is a commuter line out west (that should have been built up 75 like it was planned but we got useless express lanes instead).

Anonymous
4 months ago

def not the best idea but kind of makes sense. Tri Rail and Brightline are going on the tracks that run up to Aventura and the airport. With the extended metrorail to an area with less use could cause more real estate development to happen. However this is a wishful thinking because the local government is surely to screw things up

Anonymous
4 months ago

This had been planned with the original MetroRail. It would have been Phase II but the powers that be stole money allocated for that build to prop up busses, etc. County commissioners and the mayors at that time are the usual suspects who overruled the board set up to oversee the funds. If it had been completed as planned, we would have had a way of transversing central Dade all the way to the Broward County Line– and Dolphin Stadium

Anonymous
4 months ago

“Least used”? False. Southbound Green Line trains during the morning rush, pre-pandemic were often standing room only by the time they reach Northside after 7am, and points north are equally as populated, plus the existing 27 & 297 bus routes carry heavy ridership. This region can and will draw riders.

Anonymous
4 months ago

The least used stations on the Metrorail are all the northern green line stations and it’s not even close. It’s been that way since they built the line. It’s been that way even though they’ve built TOD at Brownsville, Northside, and Santa Clara. It hasn’t mattered. Your subjective opinion about what you observed is not a substitute for the stats MDT releases every month which shows those stations are empty compared to everything south of Jackson.

And you know why they’re empty? Because the population who lives around them generally doesn’t need to go to other places on the line. A point that keeps being forgotten by our transit developers.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Stop giving thumbs up to buffoonery comments. It’s like folks on here just look for recommendations that do not involve ‘private’ or ‘corporate’ and give it thumbs down. My god. You all know nothing. Fat azzes sitting in a chair sipping whatever and making comments with no responsibilities or consequences. Rail lines were installed in MANY cities then growth and usage followed. On one hand you bitch and moan about existing lines underutilized then bitch and moan about lines going into underserved areas. Bunch of freakin ‘C’ students (at best) on here.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I disagree. Besides, “build it and they will come” right? Those lines could potentially open up areas to “Transit Oriented Development”, land is relatively cheap out there, municipalities more “approving” of new construction there, if you add a convenient line close to affordable housing you have a better ROI than anything down South and West. Besides those areas, SW are underused because the culture there is suburban and those latins see public transportation as beneath them. they are only interested in conspicuous consumption and pretending to be richer than they actually are.

Someone who knows
2 months ago

This isn’t about commuters, it’s about the communities that actually NEED transit service. The communities along the north corridor have been promised a metrorail expansion since the inception of the metrorail, and the pressure from constituents is too hard for the commissioners to ignore. They will not budge, they are not willing to accept anything other than a metrorail expansion.

Anonymous
4 months ago

We need metrorail extending west from Government Center with a station at FIU.

Anonymous
4 months ago

This is a priority. Need to connect the working class neighborhoods of west with downtown and south beach.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Get ready for more studies to study the planning of the plans 🙃

Anonymous
4 months ago

We’re going to kick off a public meeting process to launch the initial public meetings for announcing the study that will bring about the core working group that will then put together the topics of study that need to be studied. From there, we expect to know what we will need to study in 5 to 6 years.

The head of the transportation department’s cousin will be in charge of everything!

Anonymous
4 months ago

lol…

Anonymous
4 months ago

mana will be leading this project

Anonymous
4 months ago

Lol…loving it.

Anonymous
4 months ago

yep…endless studies….we have the most pathetic group of elected officials other than the mayor of nyc….

Anonymous
4 months ago

… or the Republican party.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I agree, but mayors come and go and this stuff still happens. Why? Who are we electing?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Don’t forget the Mayors of Chicago, Washington D.C., and Presi-…oh you said “elected.”

Anonymous
4 months ago

And the NY ex governor that killed lots of old people !!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yeah.. that’s because they don’t know how to grab pussy and tweet all day like me.

– The Fuhrer, Donald Trump

POLO
4 months ago

We will all be dead by the time this line gets built, if ever.

Anonymous
4 months ago

it is possible that our kids grandchildren could see the start of construction by their retirement.

Anonymous
4 months ago

YES!! Extend it to the whole Miami Dade!!

Marc
4 months ago

Should have a station near Hard Rock Stadium, would be a great to have convenient mass transit there.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Look at the map 199 is dolphin stadium

Anonymous
4 months ago

How about an east-west line from FIU to Miami Beach, using the Government Center Station platform as intended? Oh wait, that would make too much sense!

Anonymous
4 months ago

I cannot take these rail articles seriously anymore. By the time South Florida has an extensive heavy rail/ metro network covering Miami Dade and into Broward, extraterrestrial civilizations will have made contact with humans and an invasion will have begun. The amount of time that has passed with all of these “studies” is astonishing. Really. We complain about corruption and bureaucracy in Latin America and yet, we’re not much better. These studies have been in the planning phase for HOW long now? And yet, MD commissioners choose and continue to fund bus networks over rail… LOL.

Anonymous
4 months ago

who elects the chumps running our local govt??? and how many consultants and construction companies have ties to the elected chumps??? remember how much marlins stadium went over cost???

Anonymous
4 months ago

And the expansion of the airport…

Anonymous
4 months ago

B a n a n a r e p u b l i c m i a m i

N o l e a d e r s h i p i n m i a m i

Anonymous
4 months ago

Would be a benefit “in theory” for both Counties. However, good luck getting Politicians on either side of the border to do the right thing!
Extremely irresponsible with Traffic Impact.
Especially Miami allowing thousands of Condos and Apartments without giving 2 sh$#ts about the already ridiculous traffic jams.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Pipe dream.
They will need to expropriate private land through a dense and expensive prime land in South Florida via eminent domain. Cost, time, and litigation will kill it before it ever happens. Nonetheless, it remains a source for planners, and engineers to milk from taxpayers through continual studies.

Anonymous
4 months ago

It is beyond time that the North Corridor line is built. I am elated that Broward wants to come on-board (no pun intended), as well. This really needs to happen. Let’s go!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Wouldn’t it make sense to have it go north from the Palmetto Station? So its farther west and doesn’t just duplicate the Brightline route? Also western Broward is where all the commuters into Miami-Dade live.

Anonymous
4 months ago

It takes forever to get to Palmetto. No express trains. Better a new state of the art system than extending the old one. Tunnels might be better.

Public transportation goal needs to be affordable 24/7 door to door service so driving is optional for everyone. Need automated vehicles to do that. Hopefully Elon’s working on a robot powered rickshaw.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I think they already got the federal funding for it

Anonymous
4 months ago

its amazing to me that miami-dade screwed up the federal funding…i moved here from new orleans and that corrupt city was able to secure federal funding?matching funds to build two streetcar lines…if they could do it and we cant says a lot about the idiots and kickback companies here

Anonymous
4 months ago

You can always move back

Anonymous
4 months ago

^ lol… another one who can’t stand the truth.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Nice neighborhoods that is going to – can’t wait to go hang out

Anonymous
4 months ago

JUST BUILD METRORAIL ON ALL CORRIDORS PLEASE THE PEOPLE ARE BEGGING

Anonymous
4 months ago

Build it directly to my door step but do not let the bums off there

Anonymous
4 months ago

When all the glaciers are gone because of climate change, the replacement phrase will be “moving at a MiamiDadeGovernmental pace.”

Anonymous
4 months ago

Please – stop it

Anonymous
4 months ago

No thanks, keep those creatons south of the boarder,they ruined Broward after Hurricane Andrew. Population doubled in a year. We want to be nothing like Miami, I wish that hurricane kept track and hit Ft. L and pushed our section 8 population south.

Anonymous
4 months ago

OmFG no more construction!

Anonymous
4 months ago

I guess you say that about getting older too…

Joe R
4 months ago

Proof read the headline, Metororail?

Jose Ga
4 months ago

It’s never going to happen! Hopefully it does. I really doubt it

Anonymous
4 months ago

I can see the Broward Folks sticking the line in the most nonsensical places.

Anonymous
4 months ago

That’s because Broward commissioners are packed with Blue politicians that thrive off kickbacks and jacking up the property taxes.

And then the stupid people that voted them in wonder why the cost of living there is sky high 😆.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Ha!… finally after decades someone came up with the idea that maybe more and bigger apartment buildings should be built next to and near these Metrorail stops in MiamiDade county and finally this mass transit rail system won’t be called useless so much and we see a buffoon like you knocking “Blue politicians” in Broward county?

Dude, please shut up trying to talk about politics.

John
4 months ago

Politician’s have know idea what people need the Northeast corridor already planned Brightline station at Aventura plus Tri Rail costal. I feel they should concentrate on the beach corridor. I saw the other day about a company that makes gondolas that could cross Biscayne Bay with no delays also would be a great tourist attraction.
Also the Flagler corridor from Downtown to FIU could be a very popular route maybe using light rail after FIU the train could head south to the Kendall area to Dadeland.
The south Dade bus way should put rails back and possibly run a Tri Rail trains to Homestead and Florida city. We have to invest money in transportation not be cheap about it. If you want transit to work look where people are going and add Transit Development.

Steve
4 months ago

WE DONT NEED AN EXPANSION TO BROWARD WE NEED ONE TO THE WEST OF THE CITY DOWN FLAGLER WHERE THE MAJORITY OF THE POPULATION IS! KEEP ON WASTING OUR TAX PAYERS MONEY BECAUSE AT THE END WE WILL BE THE ONES TO PAY FOR IT.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Get ready for more “The Next Broward” comments 🙃

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yet the only one is yours…

Anonymous
4 months ago

That seems exactly the point

Anonymous
4 months ago

Original Metrorail included the East-West extension, that was never built. Now priority is given to serve the good folks of Broward ahead of our own.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Joe BYDn.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Donald ChUmP.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Barack Obummer