Miami-Dade’s SMART Rapid Transit Plan Now Has A Mode Selected For Five Of Six Corridors; Groundbreaking Soon

Miami-Dade County’s plan to build six new transit corridors advanced in 2020, and five of the six corridors now have a mode of transportation selected.

The mass transit expansion is known as the SMART Plan.

Here’s a look at what commissioners chose to build for each of the corridors:

  • Beach Corridor – A monorail will run 3.45 miles, from downtown Miami’s Omni station to 5th Street in South Beach. A private company, Miami Beach Monorail Consortium LLC led by France’s Meridiam, has been selected to build and operate it.
  • Northeast Corridor – Commuter rail has been selected, with trains running on Brightline’s tracks from downtown Miami to Aventura. Commissioners recently voted to move forward on a deal with Brightline for the tracks.
  • South Corridor – Set to run 20 miles from Dadeland to Florida City, it will be operated by Bus Rapid Transit. Financing from the local, State, and Federal Government is in place, and groundbreaking is expected shortly. A contractor was selected in October. Once boardings reach 35,000 per day, commissioners will convert the line to rail, and the BRT stations are being built to accommodate trains in the future.
  • North Corridor – Commissioners voted last year to proceed with elevated heavy rail, operated by Metrorail, with operation beginning in 2027. However, construction depends on receiving federal funding. The 9.5-mile Metrorail Purple Line would run along NW 27th Avenue to the Broward County line, with a stop at Hard Rock Stadium and connecting to the existing Metrorail system.
  • East-West Corridor – It will be operated by bus rapid transit, after commissioners voted to move forward with the plan in October. The line will run from downtown Miami to the Tamiami park-and-ride at the edge of the Everglades. A second phase will run from the Dolphin park-and-ride in Doral to the Miami Intermodal Center at MIA.
  • Kendall Corridor –  To run from the Dadeland area to Krome Avenue – no selection has been made.

 

The South Corridor will be built first, with financing in place and groundbreaking shortly:

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POLO
3 months ago

Miami-Dade “smart plan” is a dumb plan. Would’nt it be nice to have all those corridors with one unify, seamless, transportation system, like metrorail?

Azarius
3 months ago

I hate the mono thang feel like it bout to tip over any second.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Single Seat rides or single mode rides should be the goal of this transit system. If they want to expand with BRT, that’s wonderful, but it needs to mirror some of the other transit options available.

Anonymous
3 months ago

yes that would be nice. if it was possible to do that right now they would have done that but the federal government is not willing to spend billions of dollars on expanding a system that has been a big failure so far. i remember when Ronald Reagan said that it would have been cheaper to give a limousine to every miami dade county resident than to build the metro rail. they have the option to convert BRT to rail once they daily ridership reaches 35.000 on the south corridor. i believe that is a very reasonable decision only the east-west corridor would be BRT permanently. all the good mass transit systems in the world combine BRT with Rail

Anonymous
2 months ago

Where would all of Miami-Dade’s 37 year old limousines be now? Back then there were a million less of us too, so did that plan mean buying new limos for each new resident too?. Reagan’s comment was so incredibly short sighted and crafted just for a cheap laugh. Would his plan have paid for the gas and maintenance for all those limousines for all these years? Nope, just a cheap political hack line. Let it die.

Anonymous
2 months ago

The problem is that in land use and transportation systems are mutually supportive. Transit will be inefficient if the land-use pattern around stations is more convenient for automobile travel. That’s been changing in Miami-Dade for the better.

Anonymous
2 months ago

TOD FTW! Exactly. (transit oriented development is our best bet for the future)

Suomynona
3 months ago

A different mode of transportation for each corridor!

How wonderful!

… Not!

Anonymous
3 months ago

One of the few benefits of covid is that it has made Miami very attractive to titans of industry from NY and CA and it seems that our politicians are responding with accelerated timelines for sorely needed infrastructure. I am hopeful that this next wave of growth will be accompanied by projects that improve the quality of life for all residents, not just tourists and millionaires. The Magic City’s time to shine is now and the future is brighter than ever.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Not the Chinese Virus – the lower taxes

Suomynona
3 months ago

Benefits of covid? You’re dumb

Yeppers
2 months ago

As long as the people who move here from CA and NY don’t vote like they did there and turn Miami into another failed blue democrat city.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Stop repeating that dumb statement every chance you get. They are coming from states whose policies enabled innovation and birth of all these companies you covet. You are an idiot stuck on repeat. The policies you thumb your nose at are the same ones that were sufficiently business friendly in driving STEM research, investing in public education, funding programs at schools that lead to the outcomes you so like to poach from other states. You are the type of small thinker who thinks ‘business friendly’ simply means a low tax state where one can get away with paying employees non-living wages. Policies that protect the environment as much as possible so that businesses can actually have a planet on which it can exist is also important. I could go on and on. You embiciles on here who think the relocation of a couple of dinosaur companies means FL is doing anything that would remotely lead to long term innovation that would birth major companies – not just trying to steal a few low hanging fruit with the unimaginative ‘low tax’ carrot. Low tax is just one small carrot that has no long term standing when you are defficient in tons of other areas. Low tax only work as the only selling ponit to companies who have already spent their best days out west and looking for a lifeline in their latter days of cost cutting and keeping their heads afloat. So shut your month when you talk about people coming here with their CA and NY voting patterns as if the other side has any legs to stand on as far as ‘policies’. You wouldn’t know a policy if you tripped over one. Repubs have ZERO policy on anything. Anyone can stay in bed with zero effort or imagination and say ‘cut taxes’ as the only solution for yesterday’s, today’s, and tomorrow’s challenges. If you were so lucky as to get to the level of a CA as far as meaningful mass of companies you would end up with similar challenges that you have to fund, instead of just snickering. Once you get to the big leagues, shhht has to be paid for. Good luck thinking it is just a one way street. They don’t face housing issues that lead to homeless problems in Bucktooth, USA for good reason.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Not to mention that these companies are leaving for areas such as Miami, Austin, Nashville, etc. The bluest, and most liberal, of their states.

Anonymous
3 months ago

What an absolute cluster fuck

Anonymous
3 months ago

Same thought.

Anonymous
3 months ago

You took the words out of my mouth

Anonymous
3 months ago

Good to see the North Corridore is finally getting some face time. It was part of the original plan from the 1980’s, with a stop at MD North. Elevated to the Broward County line was a no-brainer back then and still is. Only if it had been built then, it would have cost millions less.

Anonymous
3 months ago

more like the DUMB Transit Plan..

Anonymous
3 months ago

According to the “SMART” plan, the beach corridor is supposed to go through Wynwood and end at the design district. So why is the monorail stopping at the Omni? Hopefully, with all the people moving to Miami we get SMARTer people in government.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Agreed, at the very least the monorail should go to the East West platform of government center that’s unused right now, as it stands now to get from the airport to the beach you would need to take the airport people mover, the metro rail, the metromover, then the monorail, then a bus or trolley to get where you actually need to be on the Beach. It’s ridiculous

Sure Jan
3 months ago

Because monorail is that dumb deal with Genting and their Resorts World that will never happen is at the old Herald site.

Anonymous
3 months ago

The city should have insisted this as part of the deal. They had leverage, since this was an uninvited proposal by Genting. It makes no sense to simply stop at the Omni, when the main hub is at Government Center/ Miami Central

Anonymous
2 months ago

It’s an absolute JOKE that one of the highest volume corridors of the whole plan got chopped up by greedy private developers. We don’t need just a two station shuttle train across the bay, we need real transit. We all got screwed on that deal, but what should we have expected with Dade anyway?

Anonymous
2 months ago

You’re correct. Instead of Genting pitching plans in Miami’s transportation issues, why don’t they first do something with their desolate site that once held the Miami Herald building. Tents?.. so far, that’s all the citizens of Miami have seen on the once Miami Herald building site for years since The Genting Group demolished it. The government of Miami did little to get it’s citizens a Resort Casino on the once Miami Herald building site which is now owned by The Genting Group. But the Governmental power that be in Miami are ready to go all in on The Genting Group’s idea and plans for a Monorail which, as we can see by the peoples comments on TNM, think that that is one of the dumbest ideas they’ve seen in a long time.. and that’s saying a lot in this town.

transplant
3 months ago

Make it all metrorail. Starting with Miami Beach and Wynwood.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Nah.. trust me, MetroRail makes too much noise for forks in Miami Beach. They approved a plan to extend the MetroMover.. what happened to that idea? The MetroMover is clearly a no-brainer. These people in charge don’t know sh*t about leading.

Miko
2 months ago

A rubber-tired rapid transit system, like Montréal’s Métro, might be a good option. As for the MetroMover, it’s a toy train built to serve a moribund downtown decades ago. Minus transformation into a faster, higher-capacity core system, it has little expanson potential.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Okay, listen. You think that every 15 to 30 minutes, there will be so many people that’ll jam pack these MetroMover trains to the point where a lot of people will have to wait for the next trains to come around? Remember now, these trains can be hooked up to where two cars are linked together and traveling as one at the same time. You expect every 15 to 30 minutes of every hour, for at least 15 hours straight, MetroMover cars going back an fourth to Miami Beach will be that jammed packed?

Anonymous
2 months ago

Yes. There are always people waiting 24/7 to catch a bus at the Adrienne Arsht Center or Government Center bus loops. There are always cars driving back and forth on the MacArthur. There’s a demand for transit already, and if Metromover linked Wynwood to the Beach, people would be on it 24/7.

scrimshaw
2 months ago

i like the idea of a beach to downtown connection however the monorail is going to be to expensive and take way too long to build…why not just carve out a bit more of the right shoulder on the causeway and install a streetcar system??? would take much less money to build….

Anonymous
3 months ago

like unsweet chocolates… this is a good plan with horrible results.
Why on earth would you have three or four different systems running that are NOT compatable.

Try looking at any other city with intercity trains… Charlotte NC, San Francisco.

The lines could continue in one piece to cross town.
Aventura to Cutler bay woudl require THREE different lines and possibly THREE different modes of transportation – not including any transit to get to the beginning points of the new system.
People are NOT going to do a bus, 3 trains and another bus when then can just drive.

Try ONE style train and the destination name changed after getting to downtown.

Such as make the kendall-3 line and the NE line 5 just one long line as well as the SouthDade 6 line and the North 4 line.

And thnk ahead, the stations and train systems should be able to handle more than two or three cars each and be expandable if needed.

Reason for the project is to get people to ride the system and get out of cars.

Anonymous
3 months ago

The elected officials in Miami back in hte late 1970’s and early 1980’s knew what they where doing when they came up with the concept of the MetroRail and MetroMover. Now, the people in this City and County just keep electing befuddled nincompoops who just present head scratching ideas and can’t wait to appear in photo-opts as if they’ve done something smart. Coming up with free trolleys and a free MetroMover system and making the already overburdened taxpayers pay for it is counter to easing the stressed out citizens.

Someone said “Common sense is not common” must’ve lived in Miami-Dade at one time.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Looking at these comments. Everybody has these great ideas of what to do instead of the current ideas. without a single idea of how to pay for it. Either pay more taxes and get it done or Stop complaining

Anonymous
2 months ago

We should have passed a full cent sales tax instead of the half-penny, and the money from that penny shouldn’t be used to pay for fancy street signs and circulating trolleys to nowhere. Not only did we do too little too late, but the half-penny has been carved up by so many vanity projects that have little to do with transit.

Anonymous
2 months ago

New Marlins stadium?.. new billion dollar truck tunnel?.. yeah, the citizens of MiamiDade can see things like that materialize fairly quickly. But when the promise of what a half penny gas sales tax will do for MetroRail spurs, the citizens got nothing but shell games and sleeve cuffing every time they were told what’s really happening with their money.

Azarius
3 months ago

Yes!!!!! We really needed the North East Rail that’s the best decision our commissioners have me in a very long time!

Anonymous
3 months ago

What is proposed for the northeast corridor is not a sufficient form of mass transit. That is a commuter line. It’s necessary but needs to be supplemented by a metrorail line with a stop every 1-2 miles that runs as frequently as the regular metro. Trirail runs 1 train an hour with 2 during rush hour.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Eliminate buses and have ONE system not one hundred

Anonymous
3 months ago

Who is going to cough up the couple billion of dollars to build it? The Feds? You have to prove ridership numbers to win funds against other transit systems in the nation. Miami-Dade tax payers? It’ll suffocate the tax base and drive people and businesses out of the county.

I want good transit as much as the next guy, but I understand the complicated nature concerning the funding for these types of transit projects.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Expand the metromover to all of Miami and Miami Beach. There. Easy.

Anonymous
3 months ago

makes no sense to end at 5th street… should go to where big groups of people are… MBCC.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Miami Beach will never allow an elevated form of transit. My layman’s opinion is the metrorail should have another line that turns East at the Overtown station and end at 5th st. Then Miami Beach should replace there trolley system with a streetcar system that runs from north beach down to south beach. Metrorail should be used to connect the county as a whole and then supplemented by other forms of transit that get you from your home or work to the metro

Anonymous
3 months ago

they are wanting to make ocean ave a pedestrian only, the train line would increase buying public without adding cars and traffic.

Anonymous
3 months ago

We have an east-west platform at Government Center Station specifically for Miami Beach and western suburbs.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Except it has limited capacity to serve anyone other than in Greater Downtown Miami, and moves at speeds just a bit higher than your IQ.

Anonymous
3 months ago

I see.. in your opinion, everything must move at the speed of light, and if doesn’t, it’s a waste of time. Safety, sound, and a seamless system should be the priority. There is no way that you know the traveling capacity for each train car or the system itself when it goes to Miami Beach and back. Not taking advantage of what you already have and extending it just demonstrates some people, like you, who make these decisions have very, very, low IQ’s.

Anonymous
2 months ago

“Expand the metromover to all of Miami and Miami Beach. There. Easy”

These hand wranglers in charge should’ve done that decades ago. This city is so far behind to where it’s not even funny anymore.

Anonymous
3 months ago

The Monorail is such a letdown.

Anonymous
2 months ago

BRT if done correctly, is almost as good as Light rail while being a fraction of the price and taking a fraction of the time. Key word being “done correctly” as the county rarely does and for some of these projects, are going with the bastardized BERT systems which are glorified express routes along the expressways in Miami which mainly run only during rush hour. Who does this benefit, like 10 people.

Where as, gold standard BRT running along the arterials would be much preferred, have a much higher ridership, and would be the bare minimum if we cant get rail. But even that takes political will which is so rare around here.

Shawn Kouri
3 months ago

Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More bus lines going all the way down to Florida city and more rail lines, along with more rail lines going to Doral and Kendall, Homestead, the airport, and going all the way up to Miami Gardens. This is going to help with Miami’s traffic congestion.

Anonymous
3 months ago

We don’t need bus lines, we need an expanded metromover

Anonymous
3 months ago

do you know what BRT is ? buses that run on dedicated lines, not on lines shared with cars. BRT is used in many countries around the world

Sure Jan
3 months ago

BRT is great. The problem is anyone who is opposed to buses has never ridden an effective bus system, so they think it’s poor or beneath them. Go up north and use the busses in cities like DC and Boston. BRT and circulators run smoothly there. You can have an effective and pleasant bus system that is clean and even has free WiFi.

Anonymous
3 months ago

“Heavy rail” is electrified with a third rail and has to be grade-separated. If the NE Corridor is using FEC’s/Brightline’s track, then it’s not heavy. It’s would just be diesel-powered commuter rail (like Tri-Rail).

ermergerd
3 months ago

NUMTOT??

theone
2 months ago

numtot is the biggest collection of spastics I’ve ever witnessed, lol

Anonymous
3 months ago

Funny, i always considered Tri rail as heavy rail. Please enlighten me.

Anonymous
2 months ago

You should look up things before spouting off like an authority. “Heavy rail” doesn’t mean electrified with a third rail or grade separation. Just do some research first, buddy. A little googling goes a long way.

Anonymous
3 months ago

This article makes clear that the only thing happening in the next 5 years is more buses running south and as we all know 20 % of bus drivers don’t show up for work and are unionized. Way to go Miami! Very smart indeed…..

Anonymous
3 months ago

someting is better than nothing I guess

Anonymous
2 months ago

It would be ideal to have a single mode so that the entire system would be seamless, but that’s not always feasible. In addition, there are still other areas that could use premium transit, such as a Miami Beach system after passengers get off the monorail and a system that serves the commercial corridors south of the airport, besides US-1.

American Worker
2 months ago

True. A lot of us are only going to use one spoke of the wheel, anyway, so we may not suffer much from the disjointed planning. But even/especially in the cities with the best public transit the streets are full of cars, so to me it seems like the best form of mass transit is the elevator, with lots of homes in tall buildings clustered around the jobs.

I would like to see a requirement that all Uber/lyft/door dash etc drivers in Miami-Dade after a given date be required to use high mpg or non-fossil cars because I think they will have high mode share for the foreseeable future

Anonymous
2 months ago

I agree with all of this, AW, and wanted to add. Every time I see the Argo/Ford autonomous cars driving around Miami I think, “Can’t wait until cars are fully self-driving for everyone!” Distracted driving is a huge problem in South Florida (and everywhere).

How many drivers waste other people’s time by not paying attention to traffic signals turning green, causing a domino effect of missed time/turn opportunity? How many needless collisions occur because someone just wasn’t paying attention to their driving? Automated non-fossil cars will revolutionize our streets by reducing emissions and wasteful human inefficiency, injuries, and deaths, due to distracted driving. Just like more and better transit in Miami overall, it can’t come soon enough.

Anonymous
2 months ago

I always get frustrated when I see co

Anonymous
3 months ago

The system as a whole is just gonna be really messy and confusing. It makes no sense to invest so much money in several different modes of transit when there’s literally a functioning system in place that just needs extending?? If all this goes through, moving through the city is gonna feel like a major chore thats extremely inconvenient. I don’t get why its so hard for everyone to get on the same page.

Anonymous
3 months ago

It would’ve been SmartER to continue Metrorail out to the beach instead of a disconnected monorail.

Anonymous
3 months ago

The main trunk lines of moving people should all be rail of some sort.
Getting the smaller ridership to those stations can be bus, but no one is wanting to sit on a bus for a hour going in and out of traffic – stop and go, smelling diesel fuel smells.

Not something to promote these big $$Billion companies that are relocating to Miami..

Anonymous
2 months ago

LMAO yea because people are so excited to ditch their cars for buses that are at the mercy of these drivers that don’t show up half the time. Not to mention its 100 degrees outside half the year. I would rather not waste any tax money on this bus system and wait until there’s enough density to build elevated heavy rail. There needs to be careful planning for mass transit and miami politicians are neither careful, or plan for the future.

Anonymous
2 months ago

The county CAN operate an on-time decent bus system. Many Other counties and municipalities smaller than Miami-Dade, Miami do it.

Anonymous
3 months ago

I’m so sick of hearing about this planned BS…

Anonymous
3 months ago

East west corridor. Shame on all those who voted for more buses. Egregious! Only provincial small minds would want that. You’d never see that in NYC, Paris, London and all the first class world capitals and transportation hubs. I don’t care that the bus stops will be “iconic”.!

Anonymous
3 months ago

there are cities with great transportation systems that run BRT. barcelona is an example,in latin america there are many cties with very efficient transportatoin systems that use BRT

Anonymous
3 months ago

BS All of those “iconic” cities have buses. In London you even have the “iconic” red double decker buses. Granted, they also have metro systems but the cities you mentioned are much more populated and have the density to warrant an extensive metro system. Whether you like it or not, Buses are an effective mode of mass transit for the majority of the world’s population.

Anonymous
3 months ago

One word. Gondolas.

Anonymous
3 months ago

One sentence, go back to sleep.