Miami-Dade’s Transportation Planning Organization voted last week in favor of studying the possibility of subterranean transportation tunnels in the county, according to Florida Politics.
The tunnels would be cheaper to build than traditional tunnels in part because they would only allow electric vehicles. As a result, no ventilation would need to be built.
The tunnels could run countywide on some or all of the remaining five routes that have been considered as part of the SMART mass transit plan (one of the six routes is already under construction using Bus Rapid Transit technology).
Commissioners appeared to be confused as to whether the tunnels would have electric cars that would be operated as a mass transit system, or if the tunnels would be for private drivers of electric vehicles.
Miami-Dade Commissioner Raquel Regalado argued that the county doesn’t have enough electric charging stations or vehicles, the website reported.
Another commissioner, Jose “Pepe” Diaz, said he was worried about a lack of oxygen in the tunnels in case of an accident.
The study is expected to take six months and cost $88,000.