The first fully renovated Metromover car has been delivered.
A total of 27 cars are being renovated and tested at a Bombardier/Alstom facility in Pennsylvania. The newly delivered car will serve as a prototype for the remaining 26 cars.
Miami-Dade County is in the middle of a $153 million project to upgrade the free downtown Miami Automated People Mover system to make it more reliable and ready for expansion.
Eulois Cleckley, Miami Dade’s Department of Transportation and Public Works Director and CEO said the county was taking an “aggressive approach to significantly improve and refurbish the system for better reliability and accessibility.”
The project includes enhancements to the operating system and guideway electrical components. It also includes a complete overhaul of the central control center and an upgrade of the track switches.
The system will become faster and more reliable following the upgrades, with increased frequencies. The ride itself will also be smoother, with acceleration and braking upgrades.
“The upgraded Metromover system will not only make it better, it will also allow the County to expand the system to offer a one-seat ride to Miami Beach and the Design District in the future,” said Commissioner Eileen Higgins
The 24-month project is expected to be complete in Summer of 2025.