Miami Completes Study On Transportation Tunnels Under The City

The city of Miami has completed a preliminary study on building underground transportation tunnels, according to the Herald.

The study analyzed what it would take to build up to 29 miles of tunnels beneath the city.

According to the analysis, the “top-rated” potential routes would be:

  • Miami International Airport to downtown Miami and Wynwood
  • Brickell to Coral Gables
  • Brickell to the rest of downtown Miami, beneath the Miami River (as an alternate to the drawbridge)

The study cost $40,000 and was prepared by WSP USA.

The city is interested in building tunnels 40 feet below ground with electric cars running on pavement – similar to a system built by Elon Musk’s The Boring Company, which remains a potential partner.

The city also says that regional connectivity will be a key to the success of the tunnels. A meeting on the tunnel system is planned between city and county officials.

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

“A preliminary study”
More and more never ending studies are needed that all lead to nothing ever happening.
Expand and enhance both the Metro mover and the Metrorail. Forget these groundhog tunnels.

nobody
1 month ago

friends and family need to get paid.

Urbanist
1 month ago

The Next Miami needs to link to the video showing the Las Vegas ‘loop’ with gridlock traffic.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Really? And people come on this site and poo poo on casinos…

Joe CARollo
1 month ago

That study needs to get studied so the feasability is feasible…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yup! that is Joe!

Downtown Blue Voter
1 month ago

Keep simple, Expand the Metrorail.

nobody
1 month ago

too much sense

goo goo goo joob
1 month ago

keep it even simpler,cheaper and quicker–build streetcar systems on roads…devote one lane to the streetcar….these guys always go for the most far fetched and expensive

Anonymous
1 month ago

this is such a terrrible idea, we need a subway system

Lenny
1 month ago

WE NEED

Anonymous
1 month ago

Just extend the Metromover to Miami and Miami Beach already!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Like the man said in that commercial – “are you crazy?!!!”

Anonymous
1 month ago

How do you expand the Metromover to Miami when it is in Miami already? Also, the MetroRAIL should be expanded to Miami Beach.

Lenny
1 month ago

Why?

Mitch
1 month ago

Metro mover from south beach to government center and from there via Flagler all the way to at least 42 ave.
Metro Rail from the airport terminal running along 37 ave to the us1 and 37 ave station.
Metro mover from last north stop to wyndwoon and design district.

Urbanist
1 month ago

PLEASE let’s stop wasting money on things that will never work!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Or things we don’t need… like suspensions that looks like a giant spider crossing a land bridge.

Melo is sigma and chad
1 month ago

the study to study for a study that will be called to old within a year.

Choo Choo
1 month ago

How about we just build these tunnels and put the metromover in it? I think it would fit, and it would definitely have a higher capacity than a sedan…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Here’s a good idea.. extend the metromover system that has been here for over thirty years?

Anonymous
1 month ago

The cost of metrorail and similar technology is SUBSTANTIALLY more expensive. This is how Vegas is building so fast. The tunnels are easy to finance.

Anonymous
1 month ago

For one thing, the Metromover is smaller and quieter because it runs on rubber wheels, and nobody is asking for it to go as far as the Metrorail. Second, Las Vegas is in a desert, water has to pumped to them and you can dig very, very deep there. In Miami, the water table is so high to the point that if you dig six feet or more, you start seeing water because the city is built on porous limestone. For the life of me I can’t understand why some people in this city don’t get that miles of tunnels will always have to be waterproofed and the price for that will be very expensive.

Anonymous
1 month ago

In its current state, Metromover is hardly a greater capacity, unless new bigger, and more cars are used, which would require complete rebuild of it. The fact it has rubber wheels is moot if it’s underground and still requires and electric line running through the ground.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I never said Metromover cars should be ran in underground tunnels. It is said that the reason the city made the Metromover free to ride was because it cost more money to pay fare collectors than the amount of money they collected from the Metromover stops and that’s because most of those stops were built with nothing near them or built where there was nothing worthadamn to go to.. and that was a long time ago! And rubber wheels are a hundred more times quieter than steel wheels. The Metromover system has been in place for over thirty years and in at least the last ten of that, we’ve seen a lot of people come on this site and speculate about the speed it should travel, the capacity it can handle, redoing the whole system before it can be expanded, why it’s a terrible system to take you to Miami Beach, etc, etc, etc… Meanwhile, all this hypothesising about the Metromover’s shortcomings is just that, nothing but a bunch of unproven theories and nothing more.

Anonymous
1 month ago

If you normalize it to a cost per rider km these tunnels are significantly more expensive and provide significantly lower capacity than either street level (euro style tram), elevated or tunneled Metro.

Automated Teslas in tunnels carrying a single rider is the most expensive option with the lowest capacity.

Lenny
1 month ago

Yeah.
And WE should all use typewriters and landlines.

Antennae
1 month ago

Total waste of time and money.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Revolutionary Idea: Expand Metrorail or put it underground.

Francisco
1 month ago

We need one of those between Miami Beach and Downtown Miami, or at the very least, commuter Ferries that run every day at all hours.

Lenny
1 month ago

Water Taxies and Ferries have been tried, and it would be great to try it again.

They don’t cost much in taxpayer funds and people who want them can pay for them.

Anonymous
1 month ago

FUCK YOU FUCKERS

Chris Lee
1 month ago

Insane. A subway system would be more appropriate.

Anonymous
1 month ago

That remains to be seen as more cost effective and feasible.

Conno Sir
1 month ago

Electric trams are more efficient, carry more passengers and easy to build street level

Anonymous
1 month ago

Also, will require street improvements needed for years while a Metromover flyover will make streets crummier.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“crummier?”

Well I’ve seen people come this site and complain about what the consider are “crummy” streets in Brickell and those streets don’t even have a Metromover flyover.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Tunnels for single occupancy cars between areas where we’ve already invested in much higher capacity transit? Metrorail already serves MIA to Downtown and Brickell to Coral Gables. And the Beach Corridor project which is moving forward has a Metromover extension to wynwood included, plus there will be a commuter rail stop on the FEC in the wynwood/midtown area.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Look, these elected officials in Miami/Dade can’t see the forest because of the trees!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

A Metromover extention to Miami Beach and Wynwood is “moving forward?” The last time I checked, it was also in the “study” phase, and Genting’s monorail was supposed to be the option for the former until Buydonflation derailed it.

Daniel
1 month ago

What a waste of money!!!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Well if underground can built, why not a freaking TRAIN?!?!

Anonymous
1 month ago

what i don’t like about this system is that they use suvs to transport people. it would n’t be as bad if the use long buses that could fit in these tunnels

Anonymous
1 month ago

Brickell ave bridge should be replacement by a tunnel

Anonymous
1 month ago

Replaced

Anonymous
1 month ago

Keep the bridge for historic purposes for shorter automobile trips and pedestrians, and tunnel for longer through trips.

Miko
1 month ago

Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’ll could be just like the old Disneyworld “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” ride.

chancleta
1 month ago

when the city commissioners saw broward county build a tunnel under the river right there near broward blvd and u.s.1 why didnt the genius crew think to do the same..i bet the federal money was there and these guys did something else with it….

BDub
1 month ago

Gonna need the mother of all pumping systems to keep it dry.

Fishfood
1 month ago

That would be for 2050 maybe — I’ll be with the fishes by then

A taxpayer
1 month ago

How much money has been stolen from our pockets and still our transportation system is worst than in Bostwana? 29 miles of underground rail system? Please b*tch.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Tunneling will likely lead to CTS Part 2! Lol

Manny
1 month ago

They should have added railroad tunnel between port and FEC line going north. Lots of traffic blocked when slow moving trains enter or exit the port.

BikeLad
1 month ago

Underground tunnels for cars? Wth, just build a subway system then!

OceanFly
1 month ago

Build this system, connect all parts of the city via an underground mass transit system operated by the boring company. Make coral gables and the beach areas of Miami more pedestrian and bike friendly. Florida is a free state, give people who do not have or do not want to own vehicles freedom of mobility.

Commuter
1 month ago

No