Metromover To Miami Beach Expected To Open In 2028 Or 2029

Completion of Metromover to Miami Beach is expected in 2028 or 2029, according to a presentation yesterday by a Miami-Dade commissioner (photos of the presentation were tweeted by Mark R. Brown.)

That timeframe is similar to an announcement made by Miami-Dade County a few months ago.

In November, the county said that it expected to begin construction on the Metromover expansion to South Beach in 2025, with operations beginning by 2029.

The Metromover expansion to South Beach replaces a previous plan for a monorail on the route.

The project is expected to have a capital cost of $1 billion, with 75% coming from Miami-Dade and the remaining 25% from the Florida Department of Transportation, the presentation said.

The extension to South Beach is known as Baylink.

An expansion of Metromover to Wynwood, Midtown Miami, and the Design District is also in planning.

 

Rendering showing the monorail proposal on the route;

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Juan
13 days ago

MetroMover is considerably underrated. There aren’t many other public transportation models that are free, quick, efficient, and automated. One of the smartest things this city has ever invested in.

Anonymous
13 days ago

The cost of building this fancy thing that has absolutely no capacity is ridiculous. We’d be better of having a well organized functional bus transit network that connects every part of Miami Dade. This is nothing more than a glorified tourist attraction, nobody that lives and work in Miami needs this

Juan
13 days ago

What’s supposed to be fancy about it? The whole system is basically an elevated bus route except it doesn’t get in the way of existing traffic and we don’t have to pay bus drivers.

One Miami Metro
13 days ago

It should be fancier for everyone to get around and reduce traffic Juan.

Anon
13 days ago

There is nothing fancy about the mover

Bill I AM
13 days ago

Agreed, no capacity and low speeds, means functionally obsolete. Only appropriate for tourists that don’t have a schedule or reliability requirements.

Anon
13 days ago

Busses are trash forms of transportation.

Trains or bust

Anonymous
13 days ago

I agree with the first part, but substitute bus transit network with MetroRAIL, as envisioned decades ago and still makes the most sense.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Can we connect the metro line from Merik Park to Miracle Mile?

Anonymous
13 days ago

It’s neither quick nor efficient. It is free and automated.

One Miami Metro!
13 days ago

I heard the MetroMover not efficient. One car, everyone stands and doors stay open awhile. Unify the Miami Metro!

Lechozo
11 days ago

those stops could last half the time. People don’t need 45 seconds to get to the door.

anonymous
13 days ago

at best it is free. Metromover is slow, breaks down often and isnt very quick. Only way people would use it if they had more trains and it didnt take 20 minutes to get from brickell to bayfront park

Anon
13 days ago

It’s faster to sit in traffic than take the metro mover?

Dan
11 days ago

And then pay for parking, if you can find any.

Anonymous
13 days ago

The mover is packed all the time and usually only takes about 10 min to get from Brickell to Bayfront Park. Looks like you haven’t used it in a while.

No Drama
11 days ago

It doesn’t take 20 minutes

Anonymous
13 days ago

Yeah because it serves a small dense area. Extending it to South Beach won’t work in its current state.

Observation
13 days ago

Anywhere that has Metromover is the City of Miami, everywhere else is Miami-Dade County and a city borough right?

No Drama
11 days ago

please elaborate

anonymous
13 days ago

id be shocked if this is done in 2028 or 2029. The politicians in the city and county are a clown show and have been for decades. Be ready for a bunch of issues to magically come up to delay things

Joe CARollo
13 days ago

*correction its 2039

Improve Riverside and Little Havana
13 days ago

Speaking of his district…

There’s a big car detour off Coral Wat and both detour signs point to each other (makes no sense) and leads you to a two way avenue on SW 4th Ave that suddenly turns into one way ramp to I95 (almost got hit by uncoming traffic with no warning or signs).

With Brickell improving west of the Underline, Riverside and Little Havana need a lot of attention and improvements to the public facing areas.

Anonymous
13 days ago

….it will be 2039 and still doing studies with planners and engineers milking from.

Miami Resources & Innovation
13 days ago

Great idea to connect Midtown and Miami Beach. In the meantime, let’s enhance and develop around existing metros in Brickell and Viscaya, where the underline connects and there’s a huge attraction for residents and visitors, the VISCAYA mansion

anon
13 days ago

Cava is a good mayor. One of the first local politicians in a long time that has cared this much about alternate transit to cars

Anonymous
13 days ago

LOL, she signed off on extending the urban growth boundary, further enabling sprawl and traffic, and would rather set up feelgood subcommittees than address the real issues.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Saw her opening an Aventura stop on brightline that slowed it down and leads to a parking lot. I see poor roads in Riverside and Brickell and dangerous conditions for drivers, and lack of oversight from construction workers from the county. The detours often lead you to a one way lane into oncoming traffic. Do we need more local transportation experts? Where is the government?

Anonymous
13 days ago

All these commissioners and mayors are so focused on making sure they develop a piece of Miami that supports them, but who is making sure all the pieces work together cohesively?

Poll
12 days ago

She was against it. The commission vetoed her

Anonymous
13 days ago

What because out of the open she announces a plan to connect the two biggest population centers in the county to the most unfeasible transit system? She might as well announced a donkey cart.

Anon
13 days ago

Downtown and Brickell are already connected, but many parts of the City of Miami are not. Miami Beach is a separate city. Counties are not meant to be cities… we should first focus on improving and connecting the actual City of Miami which has a lot of gaps. Miami Beach is already great.

Anonimato
12 days ago

We voted for it in 2002!!! Amazing how long it’s taken fir the “ bay link “ or light rail . It’s criminal !!!!

Anonymous
12 days ago

We also had a plan for a public lead Miami River Greenway/Riverfront connecting Brickell/Downtown since 2001!

Lechozo
11 days ago

the greenway depends, on most part, on developers building the path when redeveloping their lots.

Bud
13 days ago

The empire state building took one year to build.

Anonymous
13 days ago

It wasn’t a clown world 100 years ago.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Yes. Henri Flagler built the entire railroad yi and through the entire State of Florida back then faster than this project will be completed.

AAA
13 days ago

I don’t see the benefit of a metro mover that dumbs everyone at fifth and Washington. If this actually went to the convention center and served the SOBE Washington St. corridor it’d be much more appealing.

AAA
13 days ago

That’s dump not dumb lol

Anonymous
13 days ago

Anybody who thinks Metromover in its current small-car, single or two-car rolling stock can take cars off the road is dumb.

anonymous
13 days ago

at minimum it should drop people off at washington and 5th. But i agree makes no sense stopping at 5th and alton. Would just cause havoc with all of the people getting off there

Informed Anonymous
13 days ago

There’s an intermodal center inside the parking garage at 5th and Alton. It has been virtually unused for the last 10 years since the development opened. If this terminates there, Miami Beach will have options of dispersing people from there. They likely will be trolley options, but options none the less.

Realtalk Reilly
10 days ago

Uhhhh….what?? An intermodal center is a linkup between different forms of transportation. There is nothing like that inside the parking garage at 5th and Alton, which incidentally is not easy to get in and out of and therefore is not well-suited for, “dispersing people from there.”

Anon
13 days ago

Honestly, I don’t mind walking and live in a&e. Finding parking in south beach is always a nightmare so I would take this and then just walk 15 minutes to the beach.

I understand that most Miamians would rather look for parking for an hour than walk 15 minutes though.

Name*
13 days ago

I think it shouldn’t just go to Miami Beach. It should also run inside Miami Beach from south to North Beach. And it should also be expanded inside Miami, to Calle 8, Wynwood, Midtown etc.

Main Street Miami Metro
13 days ago

Also along the Main Street in Brickell (8th street) with stops at Riverside, Little Havana, Coral Gables and the Doral.

Name*
13 days ago

Agree the “Main Street line” (Main Street to Calle Ocho) should be a top priority too.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Let’s ruin a walkable street with a giant flyover, sure.

Name*
13 days ago

Flyovers make the streets more walkable by providing shade. Look at the gorgeous Underline. Think about what is practical in a sunny hot state.

Anonymous
13 days ago

If it takes ten minutes to get from Brickell to Bayside, I can only imagine how long it will take to Doral. Metromover using the unused east-west platform would take care of most those areas, and another line from Miami Airport to Douglas Road Stations.

Anonymous
13 days ago

I’d love to see more development between the Miami River and the Main Street in Miami (Calle Ocho). This street and location has so much potential.

Anon
13 days ago

I agree 100%

Anonymous
13 days ago

This website is the Next Miami, not The Next Miami Beach.

Yet Another Anonymous
13 days ago

If this and both “Metro North” projects were expedited like the Dolphin Stadium north extension part, they could all be completed by the 2026 world cup games

Is this true?
13 days ago

Someone told me that connecting Miami Gardens to downtown via “metro north” line could have a negative impact on the city.

Florida Rocks
13 days ago

Did they work in Automotive? lol

Anon
13 days ago

The Metro North line will probably just let out directly into the stadium for safety reasons.

Anonymous
13 days ago

It already goes through the shittiest parts of the county. More like it’s a waste of resources for an week-long event, which can be better utilized for an east-west extension to South Beach (instead of Metromover) and Doral.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Agree, that would make too much sense. Maybe we have too many leaders or baggage divisions from the past. It’ll get better with new ideas in the City and county.

Anonymous
13 days ago

I envy the chinese , they build mass transit systems in record time

Anon
13 days ago

They are authoritarian. They can do whatever they want without public input.

Anon
13 days ago

Like the local government here?

Anon
13 days ago

Or maybe we have too much public opinion and should have one centralized leader.

Florida Rocks
13 days ago

You’re absolutely delusional if you are comparing our local govt to the genocidal communist regime in China. Get a reality check.

Anonymous
13 days ago

They also break down your door and forcibly abort your fetus. Then they weld your door back shut when you’ve been even remotely exposed to Covid.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Yet, have you seen the twenty-land roads rendered into parking lots twice a day?

Anonymous
12 days ago

^^^we found the Commie!

FL Local
12 days ago

We are pro democracy not commie, don’t envy China but see some areas for improvement in efficiency. Miami is doing amazing things and no place else I’d rather live and support!

BDub
13 days ago

Hope it can run faster than the existing segments. This will be mostly long runs with a few stops, vice versa to the current parts.

Name*
13 days ago

For the love of God, can we have just one or max two means of public transportation?!?

Rem
13 days ago

Uh, this does one of the existing methods of transportation……So you’re supporting the idea of them doing the monorail – a completely independent/unrelated system?

Anonymous
13 days ago

Upgrade the entire Metromover into a monorail. Higher speeds, bigger and more cars, and actual world-class rather than an airport people mover circa 1978.

Anonymous
13 days ago

The Miami airport was recently voted the worst in the world. Is it a bad time to suggest we rebuild it?

Yes
12 days ago

Monorail!!! Yes

Rem
12 days ago

I mean that sounds great on paper. But you’d basically have to replace the entire existing system. I doubt it’d be as easy as switching the cars, as I’d be surprised if the existing track/beams were designed for more weight/capacity than the mover cars.

Anon
13 days ago

Exactly! One metro! And probably even one mayor, there’s like 5 mayors of Miami, with different agendas.

Anonymous
13 days ago

…and detour signs that point to oncoming traffic! Is there anyone responsible for construction detours?! It’s refociléis!

Azarius
13 days ago

A link in the design district to the metro rail would make it a semi complete system (rail,mover, brightline, tri-rail)

Anonymous
13 days ago

Guess Federal funds won’t work on this project? It’s usually split in thirds.

Anonymous
13 days ago

It should be funded solely by Miami Beach.

Jones
13 days ago

Critical details are missing from this proposal. Where in MIami Beach will the station be? Are there any plans for creating an additional Miami Beach metromover network? If not, why? Will there be any stops along the MacCarther? (Jungle Island, Palm Island, etc)?

Anon
13 days ago

One stop is plenty. Shuttles, walk and Uber once you get there. Keep the Beach beach-like

Anon
13 days ago

I mean, I’d prefer a fully pedestrianized beach with some rail than a fully car dependent beach, like it is now. Is that what you consider beach-like?

Bahaha
13 days ago

Imagining more of the Hamptons, and less Coney Island. Having seen beaches in NYC that have train stops, be careful what you wish for Miami!!!

Anonymous
13 days ago

The train stops were there when Coney Island was a decent place and Hamptons was forest and potato farms.

Anonymous
13 days ago

What if we add a ferry to Miami Beach, like Staten Island?

Miami4Life
13 days ago

click the link and you can see that there will be three stops, one at the childrens museum, one at 5th/lennox, and one at 5th/washington

Anon
13 days ago

It’s so sad that the city wants to add so many trains in Miami Beach, it would be better left as is, or just one stop at the outer bayside.

Anon
13 days ago

We’ve got a NIMBY folks

Anonymous
13 days ago

It’s about time!

Metro Rich Miami
13 days ago

Beautiful design! I hope it stays a monorail – I also hope the City and Miami-Dade work together to unify the metro system into a single branded system with different “lines” – A metro ride is a metro ride, however you get there.

Anon
13 days ago

Stay a monorail? Here I was hoping it would evolve into high speed rail like a Pokémon

Anonymous
13 days ago

Haha or Power Rangers, “make my metro grow!”

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Norm
13 days ago

I’m very much for mass transit and I’m sure I’ll get down voted for this but the MacArthur Causeway with the view of downtown is such an iconic drive of South Florida and it’s basically going to be destroyed and blocked by ugly concrete pillars and track.

Ideally Miami would have incorporated a future transit line into the design and construction of the Port Tunnel and figured out a way to run the elevated track down through Dodge Island and then a tunnel into Miami Beach under the bay (maybe even just a tunnel to Terminal island and then run the track along the bridge as currently proposed ). I know another tunnel would be more costly but this route would have also provided a direct line and stop at the port for tourists to all the cruise terminals.

Sorry but this route with the elevated track running on the south side of MacArthur is just going to be such an eyesore plopped right in the middle of one of the most famous and beautiful scenic stretches in South Florida. Even just running it on the North Side would be better since mangrove already now basically block out the views on that side.

Anonymous
13 days ago

I think the metromover looks awesome and future-istic. Seeing it run through Downtown/Brickell is beautiful for this urban landscape lover.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Futuristic? It’s a pathetic sight to see, especially a single car plastered in low-brow advertising, running along twenty-first century skyscrapers.

Anonymous
12 days ago

What would you find more futuristic? Everyone in the city in their own personal vehicle?

Anon13
13 days ago

Just run it at grade along MacArthur

Name*
13 days ago

Scrap the Miami Metro and build a public Miami Riverfront first. When we finally do have a connection the river front should be done to greet them. People already go to Miami Beach, not lacking development or patrons.

Anon
13 days ago

It’s amazing to me how people are trained to see an 8 lane highway as “beautiful” and “scenic” while elevated rail is seen as an “eyesore”. Truly incredible. The power of several generations of conditioning.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Ok, so looks like we’ll have it by 2050

Anonymous
13 days ago

You’re too much of an optimist, 2065 at best

Anon
12 days ago

2085

Him
13 days ago

Believe it when I see it!

Polly Esther
12 days ago

It’s amazing to see how many transportation experts we have in the comments section. I am baffled as to why the city does not pay them for their expert opinion.

North beachanian
12 days ago

Or 2030 or 2040 😂

305
6 days ago

something to be proud………

Anonymous
13 days ago

thats absolutely ridiculous

Name*
13 days ago

The long time to built is ridiculous but not the plan!

Anonymous
13 days ago

We need the Metromover expanded to much more than just the beach. But we need more cars or it won’t be able to support the increase traffic. And make it at a cost, it doesn’t need to be free if highly improved.

Anonymous
13 days ago

It should first of all be expanded to the airport and it should also go to Port Miami.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Why when Metrorail already goes to the airport? Think.

Anonymous
13 days ago

He thinks transferring is sacrilegious of a world-class public transportation, despite having to do so in most cities with such, including multiple times.

Prometheus
13 days ago

The Metrorail goes to the airport.

Anonymous
13 days ago

We need a new airport first!! That will bring more tourism than a metro to MB.

Anon
13 days ago

We need to build and enhancs around the existing metros! Including Vizcaya, Overtown and Riverside. Otherwise we will see expansion of crime and neglected streetscapes, with lack of funding to correct it. Move development to the metros, not vice versa yet

Anonymous
13 days ago

Charge and make it nice!