Miami Commissioners To Vote On Beach Rapid Transit Link, Including Midtown Connection

City of Miami commissioners are scheduled to vote on a resolution next week that could advance the Beach Corridor rapid transit link.

In 2016, Miami-Dade, Miami Beach, Miami and Florida Department of Transportation officials signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the goal of advancing the project.

Now, the partners want to establish a multi-agency partnership to advance those plans. Up to $10 million in funding would be provided from the partners, with the goal of completing studies that could eventually lead to federal funding for the project.

According to the resolution, the goal is for rapid transit service to be built from 5th Street to the Convention Center in Miami Beach.

The project is also part of the streetcar plan in Miami, from downtown to Midtown.

 

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Anonymous

Since the summary doesn’t mention on TMN – it’s a bus. Save everyone the trouble they’ll never build the more sensible rail transit:

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Anonymous

For the thousand time if anyone is listening. Expand the Metromover!
My god, how can this be so difficult? just make a line from the Omni to South Beach, then to the north, across to Midtown and then back to Downtown though Winwood. That is it! Simple as that, problem solved.

Anonymous

Metromover expansion is the only option that makes any sense, and would attract riders. Single seat trip is the MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR. Nobody is going to interchange multiple modes of transportation, they will drive their car instead.

Anonymous

That’s why you need metrorail to south beach. build a spur from the orange line and there is your single seat ride from airport and thousands of vehicles removed from roadway.

Anonymous

Part of the 10 Million will be used to fly to China again to ride a bus which looks like a train…

Anonymous

… or at least that’s what they want us to think they’ll be doing….

Anonymous

im not so sure of building a metrorail/above road level train is economically feasible..and would take way too long to build…however,electric street cars with a dedicated lane carved out of the shoulder on the macarthur and tuttle would save a ton of money and time….im from new orleans and we have built several streetcar systems since katrina with no problems…

miami1

How many more studies are needed for this thing to happen???

Anonymous

A street car is just an expensive bus unless it has it’s own dedicated lanes.

Anonymous

But once you share a lane of traffic, you become part of the problem

A. Nonymous

And it can’t go around a stalled car.

Anonymous

The problems come with cities and towns idea of “dedicated lane” meaning one that is marked as off limits (which drivers will promptly ignore, won’t be ticketed, and the buses will sit in the same traffic as everyone else, causing it to be a failure).

Anonymous

The main routes to the beach are basically freeways any, making dedicated R-O-Ws easy. Also, psychologically, people are willing to use streetcars than buses because social stigma.

Anonymous

That’s so stupid. Extend the metromover, who wants to ride a bus?!?

Anonymous

dedicate the shoulder on the causeways for streetcars and emergency vehicles only..this will save a lot of time to build the system

Anonymous

No we don’t want BRT

Anonymous

Ten million dollars for another study. The people in power in this city and county love to throw taxpayers money at numerous useless studies. Look, I have a solution.. expand Metromover. Cities throughout this country and world would’ve taken the Metromover and added lines going everywhere to it years ago. The Metromover structure is already in place. The cost of expanding the Metromover is way more cheaper than trying to construct a very different mass transit system or wasting years and years haggling about a much more expensive Metrorail expansion.

What we have in Miami are brainless people in position who are clueless concerning something that should be a no-brainer solution. Pay me five hundred thousand dollars and I’ll present a solution and route in two months or less.

Anonymous

Except its free and won’t pay for itself, slow, and low capacity. If we wait so long, it’s either Metrorail or streetcar/light rail or (bus)t. No half-assery, please!

Anonymous

I’ve seen this same comment made before. You’re totally clueless. Proposal after proposal has already been bounced around and so far all we’re getting is another study. Your complaints about what will happen with the Metromover is only casting an unfounded and ill fated scenario. Nothing’s been tried yet, but we see a system already in place. Brightline/Virgin looked at an already existing but little used rail line and thought of an ingenious plan to capitalize on it. There is another unused rail line that someone last year presented as a simple solution to run a light rail system on. The Metromover stop located near the brand new Phillip and Patricia Museum of Science was once closed because there was nothing there to be delivered to. We see the Melo Group capitalizing on incorporating extremely underused Metromover stops in their plans. That’s what the old regime in Miami politics envisioned when they authorized the building of the Metormover system for the citizens. But since, all we’ve seen are visionless people being elected and nothing but talk talk talk and more money thrown at studies about what to do to advance any kind of mass transit system past what we now… Read more »

Anonymous

You didn’t even counter my arguments because they’re right. The clueless people are nincompoops who think Metromover should be expanded to Wynwood when there’s already the FEC without Coastal Link.

A. Nonymous

And Metromover is grade separated so it takes vehicles off the road. It should be the main means of moving around greater downtown.

Anonymous

Exactly, the key word here is “Greater Downtown,” not Miami Beach, not Wynwood, etc. It might be grade separated, but any street it goes over kills any feasibility for complete streets. Never mind trees or bike lanes, LOL.

Anonymous

Dude, this city can never progress with your line of thinking.

Anonymous

But how long will the study last for.

Anonymous

Eight more years

Anonymous

EXTEND THE FREAKING METRORAIL GOD DAMN IT!

Anonymous

In just 60 more years, we’ll have a new transit line to the beach

Anonymous

By then, South Beach will be underwater and we won’t even have to worry about this overdue project.

Anonymous

Another 10Million in their pockets!

Anonymous

I vote for this: http://bit.ly/rrcFP6

Anonymous

Would Miami Beach ever allow elevated rail to go north along Washington Avenue?

Anonymous

We need the metro mover to go to South Beach. And not just there btw

Anonymous

??????????

Wang

Hahahah, only “world class” city in the World that after 30 years of studies and announcements has build a grand total of 2.5 miles of new rail of any kind. Even Mendoza, Argentina, which I just returned from to experience their Wine Harvest Festival, has built over 8 miles of light rail in the last 7 years, in a country that goes from boom to bust and little credit for big projects is available. Simple but efficient.

Meanwhile Miami’s official song should be this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyM8NVl4yBY

Anonymous

makes too much sense, so it won’t happen

Anonymous
Anonymous

DOOOOOOOOOO IT

Anonymous

No. Nobody wants BRT except you

Admitted Urban Gondola Enthusiast

This problem is screaming for an urban gondola solution. It might even be possible for the 395 infrastructure to be used in some places as supports. Yes they are slow (max speed of 30 km/h), but it would provide a reliable travel time with less intensive construction than heavy rail. The reliability and the decrease in employees needed might also make it more attractive than buses. Not to mention the potential tourist interest soaring high over Biscayne Bay! These systems are changing the way people commute and travel all over the world and should definitely be at least considered in Miami!

Anonymous

Boooo…..

Anonymous

The environmental impact studies shouldn’t take more than a year or two.

Anonymous

Note: This project entails removing bike lanes from both causeways. !!

miami1

Do it! Ride bikes on the Julia Tuttle…

Anonymous

I’ve done it. Very loud! But the City/State/County should be adding more bike lanes not removing them.

Anonymous

Okay.. keep riding your bike. But don’t whine after you get seriously disabled by some careless driver because you deemed it safe in these street on your bike.

Anonymous

Victim blaming, thumbs down.

Anonymous

“Victim blaming?”

My brother’s boss’s son got his ass torn up one morning while riding his bike on the streets of Miami.. and guess what, he drives everywhere now.

Anonymous

I’m 32 now and my guess is that by the time they finish the study alone, I won’t be able to ride my bike anymore. So I sincerely pick the train over the stupid bike lanes.

Anonymous

It’s a bus, on the shoulder.

Anonymous

Buses work (air-conditioning and no driving) .. I catch one from the Omni station to Lincoln Rd. for work.

Anonymous

Screw buses. No tourist or local wants to ride a bus. We need the metro mover expansion and yes, more bike lanes!

Anonymous

So you sit in traffic like everyone else. Congratulations.