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Mayor: Northeast Rail Corridor Could Be Running By Next Year

Dade’s mayor announced last week that he opposed waiting for federal funding to build rail, but one rail line could still get a jump start soon.

Carlos Gimenez and transit chief Alice Bravo told the Miami Herald editorial board that the Northeast corridor rail line could be running by next year.

Brightline is now finishing up double tracking and rebuilding crossings, and the county would negotiate to use those tracks for local commuter rail. Unused Tri-Rail trains could be put into service for a quick start.

Stops could include North Miami Beach, Aventura, and North Miami, and be funded by local municipalities and the private sector. North Miami Beach’s Mayor and City Manager said that they are ready to contribute to a stop at 163rd Street and Biscayne Boulevard.

The tracks have the advantage of already being in place for an immediate start up, and they run through some of the most densely populated parts of Miami. A disadvantage is that the line would be at grade, impacting reliability and further snarling automobile traffic.

Gimenez also told the Herald Board that he considered rail to be a “19th century technology.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Anonymous
Anonymous

“A disadvantage is that the line would be at grade, impacting reliability and further snarling automobile traffic.”

A half-minute train crossing will have very little impact compared to the offset of people using it, poorly-programmed traffic signals, and the general stupidity of people who shouldn’t even be allowed to drive.

Anonymous
Anonymous

you are absolutely correct….skill level of these third world drivers is more damaging to quality of life here than lack of transportation on rail

Anonymous
Anonymous

Couldn’t have said it better.

anonymous rex
anonymous rex

also, Gimenez sucks.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Please YES YES YES! Coastal Link is a no brainier and would greatly benefit the region! The ROW and tracks are already there. Combined with stops at 79th, 54th and (36-38?) this would be a huge boon to the region and to those who want to commute without a car.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Rail is 1800’s technology? It built Miami and then disappeared. I’d agree 100% with you Carlos if could point to the tech in 1900’s or the first 17 years or the 21st century that has come to replace it.

Be an innovator Carlos…show us something better than what we have or what rail can provide us.

As a fire chief you would say bring me the solution, not just the problems. So rail is a problem….what’s your solution? Another decade waiting isn’t it.

Marc306
Marc306

This!

1800’s technology that, without it, his entire city wouldn’t exist.

Sad!

Marc306
Marc306

Coastal link is much more critical than Brightline. Stations in areas like Midtown/Wynwood, downtown Hollywood, and directly in front of FLL make this an incredible asset for South Florida residents.

Oscar
Oscar

I will gladly pause my criticisms of all the asinine comments he’s made about transit so that he / we can focus on getting this up and running by next year. We can then all go back to arguing over the other 5 corridors. More likely than not however, Gimenez, feeling the blowback from his retreat on rail last week, decided to swing the opposite direction on this 1 corridor to appease/distract us and has no real intention of pursuing this while dismantling any chance at meaningful transit development on the other 5 corridors. Hopefully I’m wrong.

Anonymous
Anonymous

So simple, hope to see this in our lifetimes.

anonymous rex
anonymous rex

why no wynwood stop?

Yet Another Anonymous
Yet Another Anonymous

Midtown is the closest. This is commuter rail, stops are usually a few miles apart and never really closer than one mile, which is about metro/subway density. Budge west a lil and use the existing Allapattah metro station.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yes, but with commuter rail as you get closer to city center the destinations can be closer as those are destinations.

No Vision Midtown
No Vision Midtown

The Midtown board and managers have no plans to create a stop.

Anonymous
Anonymous

They love their 10,000+ parking spaces and gridlocked traffic.

Anonymous
Anonymous

A streetcar loop along Biscayne Boulevard and Miami Avenue is also proposed.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Besides looking cute, do street cars really do much to help traffic???

Anonymous
Anonymous

Compared to buses, which stop in moving lanes and not many people are willing to take, yes. I was talking about access via comprehensive and quality transit anyway. Also, streetcars raise property values and spur development along lines.

Anonymous
Anonymous

A metromover loop would be better.

Anonymous
Anonymous

True…but as you see, our bureaucrats are too stingy with the money…unless it’s building a stupid land bridge or taking down expressway exit ramps.

Anonymous
Anonymous

At least removing the Downtown Distributor would spur new development in the blocks it encompasses. The land bridge is a literal definition of a pet project, likely to be named after a career politician like Gimenez.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Except it limits street interaction with a big viaduct. Also because of this, a streetcar would cost less to expand. Metromover is meant to serve greater downtown, and expanding it to Wynwood would be like a dedicated line connecting Liberty City to Fisher Island. I swear, you people have a monorail fetish.

Anonymous
Anonymous

So, adding on to something that already exist (metromover) which would not interfere with traffic on the below streets is a “fetish?”

You need to move back to Iowa or Nebraska or whatever small in population state you came from. This is Florida, the third most populated state in the nation and MiamiDade is the biggest pork chop, and it needs a whole slew of different types of mass transit now, and in the coming future.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Except you fail to consider my point the Metromover was intended only for the greater downtown area and not expanded. I agree more types of mass transit are needed, and adding streetcars to the mix serving inner ring neighborhoods (Wynwood, Riverside, Shenandoah, Coral Way, Upper East Side etc.) is the most appropriate. You don’t see Japan or France expanding HSR to the next town over when reasonably accessible using commuter rail, or monorail because it would be too costly and inconvenient. Also, expanding Metromover would cost more than streetcar lines because the viaducts and stations, and the traffic impact would be minimal, if not decrease it with ridership and connections to all other transit.

Maybe you should go live in Springfield. It’s a small town, but they have a cool monorail.

Anonymous
Anonymous

“Except you fail to consider my point the Metromover was intended only for the greater downtown area and not expanded.”

Weak…very weak. You say “You don’t see Japan or France expanding HSR to the next town over when reasonably accessible using commuter rail, or monorail because it would be too costly and inconvenient.”

Oh, so I guess to you it looks like if we don’t take our cues from Japan or France that means we’re nothing but total failures. And you talk as if you were there at the very conception of the metromover and was privy to knowledge about the very limits the designers themselves put in place.

Look dude, you talk as if you want to see the light but you can’t because you refuse to open your eyes. Your ideas are noted, but useless.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Really? It’s a fact cities, regions, and countries take cues from each other. You don’t even offer any substantial rebuttal. I bet you believe the hyperloop is realistic. Please…

Metromover was nothing more than a hyped public work, and its sister systems in Jacksonville and Detroit show what a shortsighted concept it was and still is. If you believe an electric minivan going thirty miles an hour without any traffic limitations is the best option for the most crucial transit routes needed, like the beach, Wynwood, and Little Havana, so be (no pun intended) it. I would still prefer my car.

https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2011/12/whatever-happened-people-mover/672/

anonymouse
anonymouse

They keep on building them street cars all over the place,”dummies”.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami Trolley (with rubber wheels) =/= streetcar (with dedicated ROW on light rail)

Anonymous
Anonymous

163rd St isn’t close enough to Aventura Mall. I thought that the big undeveloped lot just south of Ives Dairy (and across the street from the mall) was being considered. It’s the perfect location for a train station.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It has garden-style apartments now.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Ah, I see. What about the warehouses just to the south? The closer to the mall, the better.

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