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: