Mayor Of Miami Beach Getting Ready To Unveil Plans For Streetcar

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is serious about building a streetcar system.

At an event today where he unveiled a $615 million plan to rebuild the convention center surrounded by new parks, Levine said that the next such event would reveal plans for a streetcar system.

Earlier this year, a private investment firm submitted an unsolicited proposal to build the system. Construction could begin quickly, since no federal funding or studies would be required.

Construction on the convention center is set to begin in December.

 

 

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MrDreTheOne
5 years ago

Quoting the proposal:

“This proposal offers to develop the Miami Beach Streetcar Project as the first phase of a broader program referred to hereinafter as the Beach Corridor Transit Connection Project. The Miami Beach Streetcar Project will be the first of 3 phases currently contemplated within the Beach Corridor Transit Connection Project:

•Phase 1: The Miami Beach Streetcar Project (this project).
•Phase 2: T Miami Streetcar Project (connecting downtown Miami to the design district)
•Phase 3: The MacArthur Causeway Corridor Project (connect Phase 1 and Phase 2)

The Miami Beach Streetcar Project will serve the Miami Convention Center district and then travel south to serve Washington and 5th street on an exclusive right-of-way utilizing a fully wireless technology. This will be the first fully wireless streetcar system in the United States.”

marc
5 years ago

Hope this all gets done especially if it has right-of-way exclusivity.

MrDreTheOne
5 years ago

If there ever was something the beach needed, it is this. It would be a game changer.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Phase 3 needs to be Phase 1! Nothing is more vital to the future development of Miami as a connected city and it will sustain the building boom downtown.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Now we need to get Miami onboard the streetcar system that can connect the Metro to the Design District, Midtown, Wynwood, Edgewater…oh, and obviously the Beach!

Dany
5 years ago

Miami really needs this but, the Beach is under the water very often. How they will deal with this ? It might be expensive to built an elevated rail system. but unless “passengers dress up with flip flops and swim shorts” i found this ridiculous. (for the haters out there, there is something called sarcasm 😛 )

Will I Am
5 years ago

Considering the elevation and tide issues, I hope it’s carefully elevated for the design life they are envisioning. Also, the salt exposure should make the maintenance at year 10+ very interesting…

Anonymous
5 years ago

I think it might be acceptable to close Collins Ave south of the Julia Tuttle Causeway and create a “Lincoln Rd” atmosphere along the right of way with the streetcar there that way there is no traffic for the streetcar to encounter. All of the Collins Ave traffic can be diverted to Washington and hopefully the streetcar would remove many cars!

Anonymous
5 years ago

Its pointless if it doesnt connect to downtown

LoyalSusieAngel
5 years ago

Gotta Connect To Downtown… Hope That’s the Plan