Miami-Dade Set To Recommend A Mix Of People Mover, Monorail, & Bus For Beach Corridor

Miami-Dade County released the Beach Corridor Rapid Transit First Draft Report last week – and the  study is recommending a mix of transportation types for the Beach Corridor mass transit link.

The study was released on January 23, and prepared by Parsons Corporation.

An Automated People Mover extension is recommended to be built from the School Board Metromover station to the Design District, through Wynwood and Midtown Miami (the Metromover is itself a people mover).

A “trunkline” From South Beach to the mainland is recommended to be built as either an elevated rubber tire vehicle, or a monorail.

Stations for the trunkline would be at a proposed Herald Plaza (Resorts World) site, next to an existing Museum Park Metromover station. In South Beach, it would end at Washington Avenue and 5th Street.

A train system won’t run through the South Beach historic district. Instead, the report recommends building dedicated lanes on Washington Avenue for a bus or trolley that would run from the 5th Street station to the Convention Center.

Miami-Dade’s Transportation Planning Organization Governing Board is scheduled to vote January 30 on a recommended solution, and the county will recommend that the board adapt the proposals in the study.

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Anonymous
1 year ago

Not running it to the MB Convention Center is a joke.

Anonymous
1 year ago

They should scrap all this and spend all the remaining money on a new study funded by their uncle who starts a new company! This is Miami !!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

I’d be happy if they fix the iconic fountain at Bayfront Park.

Anonymous
1 year ago

and re-light the Torch of Friendship !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

I’d vote to move it to Doral. Surely it would be more visible and attended there. Isn’t that the center of gravity now?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Doral sucks.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Why is it that there is always some hound dog trying to interject something about Doral? This article is about Downtown and the Beach. How does this pertain to Doral? Now go fetch!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Miami Beach is not going to allow an elevated anything on Washington. Maybe Alton, but then you’d be father from the beach.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The mayor just wants a park and a parking lot.

Anonymous
1 year ago

… and all those cities in states that are in the middle of the USA want salt water beaches with babes in string bikinis.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The Beach extension needs to be a rubber tire people mover that can transition from “elevated” to street level so that there is no need to transfer vehicles for each separate leg of the ride.

And it should loop around onto Alton, too. A true Beach “loop”.

As for the Convention Center, the route *does* go there.

Anonymous
1 year ago

They are planing to run light rail from the Design District to the convention center. This would connect to the people mover going up Miami avenue to the DD.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Well I’m sure that people that barely know how to use transit will surely understand a connection at Washington and 5th… NOT. They’ll Uber and never think twice.

Anonymous
1 year ago

See the sign that says Miami Beach, that’s the convention center.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The metromover extension up North Miami ave should be the first one built since its the easiest.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The city has money to extend it north, west and to the beach all at one time but where is this money spent instead??

Anonymous
1 year ago

It goes to pay for empty buses through the county.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Empty buses through the county? Um, most users in Miami-Dade County use the bus, thank you very much. You don’t have to bash the bus to promote expanding the people mover.

Optimist
1 year ago

Exactly, differing patterns of density call for different modes of transit — heavy rail, light rail, people mover, bus. They all work together; there’s no need to stigmatize any cost-effective transit.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Ask Corollo.

Anonymous
1 year ago

North Miami Ave also has an medium for the pillars and this will connect wynwood and midtown which are big tourist attractions.

Anonymous
1 year ago

“The metromover extension up North Miami ave should be the first one built since its the easiest”

Look, I said it before and I’ll say it again.. “this is Miami, we don’t do the most logical or sensical things here!”

Anonymous
1 year ago

It’s not logical to extend a 30 mph low-capacity system to parallel an existing track blocks away.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The Metromover moves at the speed in Brickell and Downtown because it must move from stop to stop. Imagine going from each stop at the speed of around at least 50mph. Many times when traveling from 5th and Alton on Miami Beach to Mainland Miami you’re, most times, going between 45 to 55mph. If a Metromover rail car is traveling that route between a 40 to 50mph speed (oh yeah, it can get up to those speeds), I can’t understand why some people think that’s not fast enough.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Even if the speed can be increased, they’re outdated, uncomfortable and way too small.

Anonymous
1 year ago

^ It’s amazing how people like you know so much about something that hasn’t even been tried yet.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Dump the Metro mover cars and spend some money on modern cars with triple the capacity, and speed. Please, no BRT. What is the county’s facination with buses besides being cheap?

Optimist
1 year ago

You can get a bus route up and running in weeks, and separate a BRT lane in months. As much as we love rail, it takes years to build a new rail line. Well-appointed buses are a good option in the meantime — not to replace rail, but to acclimate people to new routes and also to connect with the eventual rail stations to build the transit network even more.

Anonymous
1 year ago

30 mph is good for an north miami ave route and these trains could be triple car.

Anonymous
1 year ago

We only do the cheapest.

Anonymous
1 year ago

As much as I hate the idea, take the Chinese deal and run with it. Would probably reach the market in half the time.

transplant
1 year ago

This is such a joke. Let’s just use a different method for every extension from this point out and leave future generations with 10 different systems to reconcile. Sick of Miami’s amateur and often crooked politicians.

marc
1 year ago

Transfer, transfer, transfer, transfer… yeah, this’ll work. Can we please add to an existing mode for its entirety? Common sense. STOP ADDING TANSFERS!!!.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Everywhere in the world has transfers.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yes, but this is two transfers to go about 8 miles end to end. With wait times, it’ll take 45 minutes to an hour. Not attractive vs driving.

POLO
1 year ago

IT’S BETTER THAN WALKING, WALKING, WALKING!

Anonymous
1 year ago

But you are walking between transfers

Anonymous
1 year ago

walking ??!! who does that ??!! It’s all electric scooters these days !! LMAO

Anonymous
1 year ago

Go back to NY

Anonymous
1 year ago

Just ram it through South Beach. They’ll thank us later.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Exactly!.. stop waiting on those foot draggers.

POLO
1 year ago

It sounds the most sensible plan to me. Let Genting build the monorail to SOBE, and MDC should concentrate in extending the Metromover to the Design District. Genting has the resources to build it fast, instead of waiting for another `15 years if left to the county.

Anonymous
1 year ago

True, the gov works at a snails pace, its best to offload it to Genting.

Anonymous
1 year ago

That would make too much sense. By the way, those are some fugly rail cars in the rendering. Something one might see in the Philippines lol.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Scratch the bus, no one wants to ride on a bus!! Metromover yes, monorail maybe. But most importantly why add a new transit system? Just pick one (not the bus) and go with it! A bit faster though…thanks.

William
1 year ago

Monorail is a terrible idea. It is a proprietary system that will force riders to change system and thus decrease ridership. APM all the way is the only way.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I agree. The metromover is the best solution but what are they waiting for??

Anonymous
1 year ago

Another study.. what else?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Metromover is great, but Genting offered to pay for some of the monorail which is just too tasty for the county to ignore.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The Genting Group can change their minds anytime they want to.

Anonymous
1 year ago

if Genting is so eagered to “help”, let them help in the form of a metromover style system/extension. The metromover should then proceed north along alton (or more preferably washington ave) and end at the convention center. In this fashion you avoid having to maintain two different modes (APM and monorail) and ensure that there is a seamless connection between metrorail, downtown, SoBe and convention center.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Miami Beach will find a way to sabotage the whole thing while conveniently finding a scapegoat to blame.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Right… they’ll probably say “It’ll bring in more scum on Labour Day.”

Anonymous
1 year ago

This is why I hope the county focuses on the metromover north miami ave extension first.

Anonymous
1 year ago

yep… because the politicians there are afraid of Genting’s Resort World and Mass Transit.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Surprised they don’t recommend connecting to Virgin Trains Miami Central Station.

Dokter
1 year ago

Metromover is already adjacent.

Anonymous
1 year ago

… just like the Metrorail.

Anonymous
1 year ago

It’s already connected

Anonymous
1 year ago

Sheesshh.. a billion dollar tunnel for trucks was decided, built, and in operation in no time. A Mass Transit System for us ordinary folks, especially since there are systems already in place and all they have to do is add on to them.. well, they haven’t studied that enough.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Monorail is a massive mistake. We would then need a new space in downtown to service these trains. A disaster.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Why a disaster? Whatever mode they use, there will always be a need to maintain them.

Anonymous
1 year ago

This city is such a joke.

Anon
1 year ago

County*

Anonymous
1 year ago

Baylink was suggested around 1998 (I think) and we’re still….

Anonymous
1 year ago

I know this will be a congested blog so let me off the bat say the bay link and extension to Wynwood and DD should be of utmost urgency.

Anonymous
1 year ago

1) The Herald transfer station will make trips on the mover longer. Please reduce the time a train is at the station by like 30 seconds or run more cars.

2) That proposed station at 16th street seems unnecessary.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I fully agree on the first point, dwell times are far too long, but the 16th street station will cover the up and coming omni district in the future.

Anonymous
1 year ago

it should at least be on 17th street, 16th street is way too close to the already existing 15th street station (School Board)

Anonymous
1 year ago

God forbid we don’t have one seamless transit system like any other major city. Get on. Get off. Wait in sun. Wait for different mode of transit. Miami always makes everything so difficult. This city is a joke.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Better than nothing!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

that’s LOSER talk !!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

A Brightline station/stop at NE 36th Street should really help alleviate traffic at that intersection

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yes, Brightline is the answer to our traffic problem in Miami-Dade

Anonymous
1 year ago

I like the Monorail option. Transfers are part of any modern metro system. Go to Paris or London and see if you can make it from point A to point B without switching lines…

Anonymous
1 year ago

From Gatwick to Heathrow one brown Piccadilly line.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I would start this but keep an eye on the Jacksonville Skyway’s progress.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Can’t wait until this is scrapped again, people logically propose extending Metrorail or establishing a streetcar system, those get poo-pooed from more half-assed alternatives, and Virgin comes in and builds an extension from the Port to Watson Island and South Beach.

Anonymous
1 year ago

If you think the beach would ever let full size trains onto their island you’re insane. We’d be lucky to get the monorail

Anonymous
1 year ago

Why not just extend metro rail???? Easiest, fastest, no transfer, high capacity.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Too big and bulky.

Anonymous
1 year ago

And so is the Subway in NYC. Too bulky, loud, dirty, smelly… you get the idea.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Um, what?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Too smart of a decision, this is Miami

Anonymous
1 year ago

I also think this should be a metrorail line that stops at 5th and Alton and then Miami Beach should create a light rail system that connects all of Miami Beach up to north beach with a south beach loop and a north beach loop

Anonymous
1 year ago

Because that would make too much sense. Not in this town.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Esto JAMAS va a ocurrir.

Anonymous
1 year ago

How much this study cost ?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Lol WTF

Anonymous
1 year ago

Have Genting build a Landscaped, wide shoulder extension, at street level, which could accommodate pedestrians, bikers and and the tracks. Don’t ruin the view. Don’t spend the money elevating the tracks . Create A “malecón “ , “The Miami Malecony”. A New tourist attraction.

Tell anyone you know at either the Miami Beach City Hall or Miami’s.

Save the money and create something world class that everyone will love, and use.

I hope this doesn’t get deleted, again.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Boooo….

Anonymous
1 year ago

The view of who? People in cars on the causeway? please….

Anonymous
1 year ago

So it can flood with sea level rise?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Hell no! If you miss your malecon — — — —- — —-.

Anonymous
1 year ago

How much did they pay for this study ?

Anonymous
1 year ago

This is probably 15 years down the road.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I think all of the transit posts on this page are studies and recommendations which will “maybe” become rapid bus routes only

Anonymous
1 year ago

I’m from Miami but I’ve lived in DC for 15 years. Our subway system is great it’s over 120 miles and being extended now. But it’s only 1 mode but part of it is underground and some is above ground. I would just extend metromover and on the beach I would have it go north to the convention center via Washington ave????lol

Anonymous
1 year ago

“An Automated People Mover extension is recommended to be built from the School Board
Metromover station to the Design District, through Wynwood and Midtown Miami (the Metromover is itself a people mover).”
PLEASE, PLEAE, PLEASE…LET IT HAPPEN!!!