County commissioners voted in May to approve the overhaul.
The county admits it needs an aggressive approach to fix the frequent service disruptions on the Metromover, where key control systems have not been replaced in decades.
The rebuilt system will allow for:
More frequent and reliable service
Introduction of new routes thanks to more system flexibility
Bombardier has been awarded the contract, which will include a renovated Automatic Train Control System, Data Transmission System, Power Distribution System, guideway switch equipment, and Central Control equipment.
The tracks will also be rehabilitated.
In addition, the work will allow for new cars to be added. The county will begin a procurement process for new vehicles once the track work is complete.
The systems have not been replaced since Metromover first began operating in 1986. The new systems should last for another 30 years.
The Federal Transit Administration is providing $22,042,300 in financing for the project, with the remaining $130,878,683.22 coming from Dade’s 1/2 cent sales tax surcharge.