Metromover Is Moving Forward With A $153M Overhaul, County Says

The systems that control Metromover are now being rebuilt, Miami-Dade announced last week.

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.

The county is separately working on a plan to expand the Metromover up through Wynwood, Midtown Miami, and the Design District.

 

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Adrian
15 days ago

That is fantastic! The Metromover is pretty much the only thing worth celebrating! Its a shame they do not extend it to serve little havana and the beach.

Anonymous
14 days ago

Little Havana was supposed to have reintroduced streetcars (much more appropriate than flyovers), otherwise use the east-west platform at Government Center Station for Metrorail.

Anonymous
14 days ago

Need to expand metrorail from west platform at FiU. Metromover until Little Haiti at least. Lets transform the garages all over the town to apartments. Get rid of 🚗

POLO
15 days ago

They should get going on the expansion plan to Wynwood, Midtown Miami, Design District yesterday!

Anonymous
15 days ago

This is what most of you want! A better system (even though it should all just be one fluent system not having to switch modes of transport to get from a to b) but I’ll take it and I wonder what new routes they talking about besides the beach and the north portion to design district?

Anonymous
15 days ago

The metromover is not being extended to the beach

Azarius
15 days ago

The mover is metroRAIL is not

Anonymous
14 days ago

Correction, a MONOrail is. Complain all you want about transferring.

Anonymous
15 days ago

It’s not but should be.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Metro mover to Orlando

Anonymous
15 days ago

If we are all on a wish list: I’d say Metromover to FIU and obviously Coconut Grove and on the same line all the way down to Homestead

Anonymous
15 days ago

I think it should be extended all the way to Hialeah and Hialeah Gardens via Allapatah

Anonymous
15 days ago

At one point it was going to be extended to Marlins Park Stadium which would make sense but I don’t know where that stalled. It would have been great and further the development of Little Havana.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Yes indeed. But they cry about the financial issues with this. It will get quite the ridership I feel

Anonymous
15 days ago

Makes too much sense. Something like this should have been pushed for harder.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Metrorail* to FIU. Those tiny seat-less cars are not suitable for a trip from FIU-Downtown. We severely need Metrorail extending west from Government Center to the university and other west Miami locations.

Anonymous
14 days ago

At 30 miles per hour, it’s not for Miami Beach or the Design District either. “Extend Metromover to X” is joke on TNM, like shore power or bike lanes, to mock people who know nothing about transit planning or want a free ride because Metrorail and Tri-Rail cost money.

Anonymous
14 days ago

Somebody who has no vision for the future or idea on how to do anything with a system that’s already in place. All he can say is “this won’t work and that won’t work because it’s too slow.” As if everybody is looking to get from point A to point B at the speed of light.

Anonymous
14 days ago

I remember when there was no Metrorail or Metromover in Miami. Thank your lucky stars the powers that be back in the day approved the implementation of some kind of system and didn’t lie to the people about a1/2 penny gas tax scheme. 30 mile per hour is plenty fast enough for people when going from stop to stop. If people like you feel the Metromover should be faster than that, then pay up and stop whining about free transportation. Trains on the Chicago Loop don’t travel any faster than that and you have to pay.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Metro Mover to Homestead….that would be 2+ hours of standing up clinging to a pole.

Now, Metrorail to Homestead would make tons of sense.

Anonymous
14 days ago

It doesn’t have the population to warrant a Metrorail line. Meanwhile, I can think of so many places north of Dadeland that warrant an extension, and Miami Gardens is not one of them either.

Anonymous
14 days ago

I guess you haven’t been on US1 south of Dadeland for the last few years. Apartment buildings are going up all over along US1 from Cutler Bay to Princeton. Things are changing fast down there.

Anonymous
13 days ago

so true. all the farmland off of the turnpike towards homestead like at around 248 is getting bought up and turned to apartments

Anonymous
15 days ago

Impossible. MetroMover is a loop transit service it was never meant to go longer distances like MetroRail. The speed at which MetroMover goes at (approximately 10-15 mph) would be unfeasible to go longer distances whereas the MetroRail goes like 50 mph.

Anonymous
14 days ago

those would be rail not mover.

William
15 days ago

Extend to Miami Beach Convention Center

Anonymous
15 days ago

Can’t wait to see the headline announcing the Wynwood/Midtown expansion

Anonymous
14 days ago

How about running them all the way from Omni to Brickell in a single seat instead of breaking it up in two segments and transfer headaches at government center?

Anonymous
14 days ago

That makes too much sense. In Miami, doing things that makes sense isn’t allowed.

Anonymous
14 days ago

I came here to make this comment. The maps on the movers even say there’s a “full loop” route in which the Omni Loop and Brickell Loop are combined to make 1 giant loop… but I’ve been taking the mover for more than 5 years and have yet to see this giant loop in effect.

Anonymous
14 days ago

I’ve seen it happen once or twice, but it’s not frequent. Usually, it means something is wrong, haha.

Anonymous
14 days ago

It happens sometimes during big events like New Years Eve. I remember the last time Ultra was at Bayfront it was full loop all weekend.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Please don’t wait to start construction until the upgrades are done. I don’t want to wait another 10+ years.

Anonymous
14 days ago

They need to secure them better. I used to take the mover all the time until I saw way to many questionable instances which made me feel unsafe. One included two men that were bloodied and holding a wooden plank of some sort. That was the last time I took the mover. Also, to go from Downtown to Brickell is a major pain. You either have to go in the opposite direction (taking longer) or double back to Govt. Center to make a switch. WHY!?!

Anonymous
14 days ago

And switching from inner loop to Brickell/Omni at GC is a pain in the ass.

Anonymous
15 days ago

About time. I’m always getting alerts saying there’s a delay or the system is down.

Yet Another Anonymous
15 days ago

Not sure what the new route would be except for the outer loop of the inner loop, other direction. But more car sounds like they would be running doubles instead of instead of single trains to brickell.

Anonymous
15 days ago

I don’t think twin trains could climb up that sharp ramp to the riverfront station. That is the reason brickell loop has singles. But have trains on every other station for the brickell loop would increase capacity.

Yet Another Anonymous
15 days ago

There has been double trains on the bridkell loop at least for testing and at night I’ve seen it around 11:00 p.m. Maybe under crush loading it would struggle up the hill. That’s a damned design flaw if it’s true

Anonymous
15 days ago

They probably didn’t design the brickell loop for twin cars. And honestly I think the brickell loop should be extended to go to brickell bay driver.

Anonymous
14 days ago

They didn’t design the system to serve beyond Greater Downtown Miami, hence why extensions won’t work without seriously upgrading/rebuilding it.

Anonymous
14 days ago

Who knew a people mover built with rubber tires and 1970s technology had design flaws, but let’s extend it to all ends of the county as is because I said so!

T G
15 days ago

GOOD! The city NEEDS to invest in things like this. The metromover has been having issues almost daily (delays, breakdowns, etc..).

Anonymous
14 days ago

You don’t have to pay anything to ride on it so stop expecting it to be a flawless system.

Anonymous
14 days ago

Will it actually mean more than two and bigger cars? Otherwise, it’s not worth expanding and Metrorail is more accommodating.

Anonymous
14 days ago

They should scrap the metro mover and make everything metrorail and extend it into areas of Kendall, Cutler Bay, Homestead, and Florida City

corporate twink
15 days ago

expansion?
metromover llc is a private entity and they’re in the business of making money

Anonymous
15 days ago

Metromover is public, paid for by the sales tax.

Anonymous
15 days ago

pretty sure OP is sarcasm.. as that’s the typical response from the trolls here on any sort of public benefit.

Anonymous
14 days ago

Well if there’s a fee, does that take care of the issue of loitering bums?