Gimenez Says Future ‘Isn’t Mass Transit,’ Wants Pod Cars

Miami-Dade officials are pushing an alternative to rail transit between Miami Beach and the mainland.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Transportation and Public Works Director Alice Bravo advocated for a much cheaper solution known as Personal Rapid Transit at a meeting last week, according to Miami Today.

The system would be elevated along the McArthur Causeway, running at an average speed of 28 miles per hour (Metrorail averages 45 MPH). Cars would hold four to six people, and could detach from the tracks to take riders to their final destination.

Commissioner Xavier Suarez suggested the line could be highly elevated and illuminated to attract tourists, who might be charged a higher rate.

The cost to build could run under $10 million per mile, compared to $100 million per mile for heavy rail.