Miami-Dade Moves Forward With Study On Boring Company Tunnels For Electric Cars

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.

 

 

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Anonymous
2 months ago

– Extend the metromover to Miami and Miami Beach! OR
– Build a subway system!
PLUS
– Increase bike lanes!
– Enhance streets walkability with trees, less car lanes, better timed traffic light and speed bumps for cars.

A tunnel for electric cars sounds cool but it’s really not what Miami needs right now.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Lie down flat across the road, you’ll make a good speed bump. If you want to make traffic even more of a nightmare for downtown workers, at least we should get the thrill of running you over.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Speed bumps are needed especially in Biscayne Blvd, which feels more like a highway rather than an inner city street. And I agree with the traffic lights, currently you are given 13 seconds to cross the whole boulevard…it’s either you run or you die. Imagine an older person crossing! No wonder on citizen app we constantly see “hit and run” accidents.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Where do you see speed bumps on multi-lane highways? It’s called enforcing existing traffic laws and better grade separation.

Anonymous
2 months ago

“Extend Metromover to Miami!”

Show you how smart the transit experts on on here.

Anonymous
2 months ago

What has happened with the coastal link train from downtown to aventura with a handful of stops? Is the county still working on that SMART plan? Brightline?

LCDSI
2 months ago

Why don’t you run for office then?!

Anonymous
2 months ago

28 upvotes for your mindless dreck……we need an investigation on the TNM voting system.

Speed bumps on Biscayne Blvd…..extend Metromover to Miami…..build a subway in flood prone 18 inch elevation down Miami……pass the bong homes

Anonymous
2 months ago

Dedicated bike routes would definitely improve the standard of living in the city. The Boring Company proposal could take a lot of traffic off of the surface and make that possible.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Less car lanes is ridiculous. There will be more traffic congestion. Some of us enjoy driving and owning a car

Anonymous
1 month ago

By the time this project would be completed it would be very relevant for travel. While not the perfect solution, in terms of return there is a lot of potential here.

Anonymous
2 months ago

$88k down the drain…

Anaonymous
2 months ago

one guy on a laptop drinking $9.00 cup coffee for 60 days. lol

Anonymous
2 months ago

Give me a break!! This is a colossal waste of money but our leadership is too gullible to see that for themselves. Elon is a turd. They’re either too stupid to see that this is a con, or they are in on the con themselves. Either way, we lose.

Anonymous
2 months ago

All of the above

Anonymous
2 months ago

Sometimes I wonder about these “leaders” we have in place. The tunnels will only be good for storm drains. Automation will be taking over soon so I don’t see a traffic issue in the future.

Anonymous
2 months ago

It’s an excuse to do nothing while getting a lot of cool press releases. It’s perfect for elected officials who don’t want to spend the money on what’s really needed.

Anonymous
2 months ago

A TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY

Anonymous
2 months ago

Absolutely
We got screwed with the advent of the automobile when auto and fuel companies lobbied to destroy our mass transit infrastructure and now it’s happening again in support of electric vehicles that ultimately pollute more than fossil fuels. Moreover, batteries, and most components will be coming from China. Guess who’s the winner here?

Anonymous
2 months ago

^^^^^clueless

Anonymous
2 months ago

Sure, blame all our ills on one of humanity’s greatest inventions. The automobile, whether you like it or not, has allowed humanity to advance to levels of progress and prosperity inconceivable to even the most enlightened individuals in the 18th century. From the food you buy, the clothes you wear or the electricity that allows you to have air conditioning, would not exist or cost x20 times as much if not for cars/trucks.

Should major cities have some sort of public transit options? Sure, if the density and demand warrants it. Cars, like the horse-drawn cart of its day, are an inevitable part of our existence. The key is striking the right balance between the two.

Anonymous
2 months ago

WE got what?

Anonymous
2 months ago

“A TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY”

Yes… even doing a study of this deboggle is still going to cost the taxpayers of this city a lot of money.

Anonymous
2 months ago

The best proposal I have heard. First, this will reduce the amount of surface traffic. Second, it is electric, meaning less CO2. Third, it’s a LOT less expensive than other alternatives like rail, that require bigger tunnels and more infrastructure. Fourth sign me up for what is essentially a robot taxi service that takes me to my destination with no extra stops.

Anonymous
2 months ago

A station that can have 3 cars sitting going one-way?

We’re gonna move 12 people at a time? YAY!

This is so stupid.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Only a bit less than the capacity of a typical Metromover train.

Anonymous
2 months ago

A lot of the trains run with two cars though. Metro mover is way more efficient than just driving a car through a tunnel

Anonymous
2 months ago

Nope. The Metromover is an operational disaster. Probably not becuase of the train technology, but becuase the humans running and maintening the thing are blithering idiots.
The MetroMover has an advantage over tunnels in that the views are significantly better, but when the goal is to get somewhere reliably, the MetroMover is not at all effective or efficient.

Anonymous
2 months ago

^ Yeah, whatever you say… still beats walking.

Anonymous
2 months ago

One train is 35 passengers.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Study the study!

Anonymous
2 months ago

Very studious of you

Anonymous
2 months ago

Don’t worry, it’s just a study. Which in Miami Dade means it’s never going to happen.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Our city should have a PHD with all this studying.

Anonymous
2 months ago

lol…

Anonymous
2 months ago

Underground boring throughout the city?
Talk about potential disastrous flooding.
We cannot even take care of the water in major arteries.
Imagine below ground unless they build a functional
drainage system, this is a failure ad initium

Anonymous
2 months ago

we are led by complete idiots…..

Anonymous
2 months ago

Frequent. Flooding.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Like the NYC subway system.

Anonymous
2 months ago

“Another commissioner, Jose “Pepe” Diaz, said he was worried about a lack of oxygen in the tunnels in case of an accident.” ***** He had no problem with a lack of alcohol in Key West as he got busted for a DUI, then magically it all disappeared..

Anonymous
2 months ago

Ummmm….I’m not sure I get the connection. Maybe you are just touting your extrodinary recall of WSVN News stories that matter to no one.

Sunny in L.A.
2 months ago

Reading this it would appear you are heading in the same direction as Los Angeles. 100’s of millions of dollars on mass transit that no one uses and a high speed train that goes no where. But hey, your politicians like to spend YOUR money just like ours do here. p.s. we do have some real pretty tunnels and light rail stations.

Anonymous
2 months ago

The good news is, our stupid politicians are all pulling in different directions. They can’t align their stupidity to appropriate taxpayer dollars like the stupid Californians can.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Man, these banana republic geniuses sure can get taken easily by ‘tech’ salesmen. hahahahaha.

Anonymous
2 months ago

This is for the year 2050

Anaonymous
2 months ago

Good luck with preventing some ahole with their loud exhaust pipes. lol

Anonymous
2 months ago

Wtf?

Karl Isen
2 months ago

Consider making the tunnel larger for an Urban Maglev solution. As estimated, the EV Car tunnel solution was billed at about $10M per linear mile but is limited in capacity due to its size and configuration. If a larger tunnel is considered and with venting capabilities and realized in the $50M per mile range with the added Urban Maglev (3 train cars) that is in the $40M per linear mile (fabrication and assembly), that is still cheaper than the $150m per linear mile that was proposed for the latest Beach corridor monorail system which is an antiquated and high maintenace technology compared the enegy efficient and practically maintence and proven Urban Maglev technology. Furthermore, the Boring solution is self serving to Elon Musk’s interest as Tesla would then be contracted to provide auoimated EV cars.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Removing traffic from the surface is of benefit to everybody and I think the TBC proposal makes a lot of sense. Some form of rail might be another option, but that is a LOT more expensive. Another consideration is that Americans are used to the amenities that cars provide. I think you might have trouble convincing a lot of people that 15 stops before you get to your destination — typical of rail — is preferable to no stops.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Sure use public money to benefit only a few electric cars. That is BRILLIANT!!! If ELON can take himnself to space he can build his own tunnels.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Comments on this site have gotten a lot more hostile (activist) lately….

Anonymous
2 months ago

Your comment is hostile though…

Anonymous
2 months ago

Yeah.. because the elected officials is this city and county have gotten more gullible.

Shawn Kouri
2 months ago

Remember, Miami sits on porous lime stone. What is the tunnel will have structural issues over time.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Gee Shawn, I forgot all about the Miami Port Tunnel.

Anonymous
2 months ago

ppl will say we need more public transit like rain.. but what if the future of transportation isn’t fixed transit like rail but vehicle sharing. You order your electric car to pick you up, it drives you and you go where you need to go, it doesn’t park, it goes on to pick up its next rider. Just saying…

Anonymous
2 months ago

Miami currently lives in the past when it comes to transportation. I’d say we first catch up with the present before we think of the future.

Anonymous
2 months ago

“Miami currently lives in the past when it comes to transportation.”
So you figure the announcement that Argo and Ford Motor Corps autonomous driving program launched in Miami is outdated?

You think that the two new vTOL companies launching in Miami by 2024 are archaic?

Miami currently has too many people that do not have a clue as to what is going on right under their noses. The post without knowing.

Incorrect….but VERY certain of themselves.

Anonymous
2 months ago

That doesn’t appease the “I want someone else to pay to transport me and I don’t want to put any effort into being transported” crowd here.

Anonymous
2 months ago

That may work in suburban areas but in a dense urban area, vehicle sharing will still cause a lot of traffic. Imagine if everyone in Manhattan that uses the subway daily starts to use lyft or uber daily. It would be a traffic nightmare.

Anonymous
2 months ago

What has happened with the coastal link train from downtown to aventura with a handful of stops? Is the county still working on that SMART plan? Brightline?

Anonymous
2 months ago

You obviously live in pseudo utopia

Anonymous
2 months ago

I don’t hear Europeans and Asians complaining about their cutting edge high speed rail systems. They love it, and it’s a testament to their advanced technology as well as their forward thinking leaders. We might as well have donkeys.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Who do you think foots the bill for all of those “cutting edge” rail systems. Sure, for the individuals that live rented in cities that do not own a business it is convenient, but what about the people that pay property taxes and the bevy of taxes when operating a business? If public transit reflected its true price, you wouldn’t be pushing so much for its construction. But hey, if the other guy pays for it who cares am I right?

Anonymous
2 months ago

Yes…it’s a great point.
No need to take money from people (with the penalty of jailtime if they don’t pay their taxes) to fund Mass Transit that they will never use.

Azarius
2 months ago

I’m down for them to explore all of these options so we can see where and what would be better use, even though everyone can agree it should be used for mass transit.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Not “everyone”.
Maybe everyone you skateboard with….but not everyone agrees that MILLIONS or BILLIONS of dollars should be spent on concrete MetroRail/Mover Mass Transit.