Miami-Fort Lauderdale Monorail Would Cost $50M Per Mile If Built In China, Or $150M If Built In US

It will be significantly cheaper to build the proposed Miami to Fort Lauderdale monorail system in China than in the U.S., according to a report in the Sun Sentinel, citing Broward transportation officials.

The cost for the 20 mile system would run $50 million per mile if it is built overseas. However, building the cars, stations and rail sections in the U.S. would triple the cost to $150 million per mile.

The line would originate at University Drive in Broward south of I-595, in an area where Nova Southeastern University, Florida Atlantic University, Broward College and the University of Florida have college campuses.

The line would then run south into Dade, past Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, and continuing south along Northwest 27th Avenue where it would connect to Metrorail.

Broward’s new 1 percent sales tax could help fund a portion of construction, and eventually an east-west line could connect to the first phase and run from Sawgrass Mills to downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Chinese manufacturer BYD is saying the system could be built in as little as 18 months, and run up to 60 miles per hour.

Broward officials will visit China again in October to see the monorail system. A maglev system is also in consideration, but could be more expensive to build.

 

A potential east-west route could look similar to that of a proposal for Premium Bus:

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Anonymous
2 years ago

I highly doubt that $50 million/mile figure. Pure smoke and mirrors. But our politicians aren’t the brightest and would probably fall for it. Plus free China trips!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I wonder if it includes the cost of acquiring the land.

transplant
2 years ago

Wonder why other American cities aren’t flocking to build Chinese made rail options.

Oh and another all expenses paid trip to Asia for our politicians and their posse. What is this, trip #3? 15 folks per trip at $5k/person?

Must be a nice life. Politicians fail to upkeep their side of a 2 decade old bargain and in return get to biannually tour Asia for free, meanwhile the taxpayers are still paying that extra tax for “rail expansion.”

Anonymous
2 years ago

And they ride a bus which looks like a train….

Anonymous
2 years ago

This should be Maglev Monorail system and not the 50 year old rubber tire system that BYD builds. It is cheaper price and cheaper to maintain as they don’t break down and have replacement parts like the BYD system. Also, it is quit because the train is hovering 3/16″ or is frictionless. Both Broward and Miami Dade need to look at the Maglev technology that has been a huge success in China, South Korea and Japan.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Brightline shouldve been maglev

Anonymous
2 years ago

Maglev is not a ‘huge success’ in China, South Korea, or Japan. Japan has an experimental maglev and plans to build a commercial line that would only open decades from now. China has a maglev linking the Shanghai airport to the city’s suburbs, which has been deemed a commercial failure. New commuter maglevs have been built in China and South Korea, but their use is somewhat limited and the technology is not a commercial ‘success’. Other technologies (rubber tire or conventional heavy rail) are much more widespread, tested and proven.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not true…Changsha (population 7.4M) in Hunan province has built an Urban Maglev that can now reach speeds of 80 mph. It is 3 years old and has near capacity ridership. China is now developing over 20 more urban maglevs throughout China. This is a sustainable solution and a great investment in infrastructure. True the initial cost is high, but China wins because it has ended up deploying the most efficient transportation system in the world. You are confusing high speed maglev with urban slower speed maglev. Broward and Miami Dade would not be developing High speed maglev.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Just educated myself on the Maglev…Obvious Option that makes the Rubber tire system seem prehistoric!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

We have tri-rail and Brightline with future stops in Aventura and Hollywood yet we’re contemplating running another line and completely ignore a Miami – Miami Beach connect. Truly brilliant!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Welcome to Miami!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

The line discussed in the article is related to the tax increase approved last year in BROWARD county specifically for transit projects. Last I looked Miami and Miami Beach are in Dade and therefore are not part of the discussion.

Anonymous
2 years ago

150 MILLION PER A MILE? HOLY S*ITTT A TOTAL SCAM

Anonymous
2 years ago

Infrastructure costs are far higher per mile in the US than the rest of the world. Facts, easily found online.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not if built in China and assembled here… also online. Eliminate federal funding and the regs change dramatically, less corruption, streamline deliver to FDOT regs. Reagan said it right, Government is the problem.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah, and Reagan was part of the same government to prove that he was a problem.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Wow, you really countered that argument there, buddy!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah.. cool huh?

Anonymous
2 years ago

They got lobbied by the Chinese so they going to give the public the numbers they want so we, the public, agree with them..

Anonymous
2 years ago

we now see why are local officials choose to double & triple deck highways. Much, Much Cheaper.

Anonymous
2 years ago

those highways are only one piece of a system. highways also need cars, and car maintenance, and insurance, and lost time from traffic, and other large roads to then move those vehicles off those large highways, and parking garages, etc. So, a per mile cost of building a large highway cant simply be compared to rail per mile.

Anonymous
2 years ago

This ^

Anonymous
2 years ago

There are also massive subsidies for roads and ancillary road construction paid for by gas taxes.

Azarius
2 years ago

Let’s build it !!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

In this climate of MAGA are they kidding about Chinese made rail? Especially in this Republican oasis of intellectual superiority. I’d love to see Rubio, Scott, and the governor squirm if this is seriously considered.

Anonymous
2 years ago

China can build plants and make stuff from scratch on U.S. soil, you know. Why would there be Honda and VW plants in the U.S. then?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Because they’re not Chinese. Honda makes high quality cars and it’s a Japanese company. VW also high quality cars and it’s a German company.

Anonymous
2 years ago

No comment

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami is full of “idea guys”. Not a whole lot of “hard work” guys.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Which are you?

POLO
2 years ago

Broward is doing with the transportation tax what Miami-Dade failed to do!

Anonymous
2 years ago

lol

Anonymous
2 years ago

This could also potentially connect to the Opa-Locka Trirail station.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Slavery is cheaper than free market labor and workers unionized ?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Just make sure they disconnect the spy systems on the trains.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Running a new line into NW MD would only perpetuate the fatal mistake of originally putting Metrorail in a low density area that is still low density after 40 years. The political decision to put Metrorail in a low density minority area is the main reason why it has never really succeeded. Transit systems must have very high density around stations to attract enough riders to make them cost effective.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Everything you said is exactly correct. The biggest problem with the Metrorail in these areas is that around these Metrorail stops, they refuse to build the density that I’m sure the politician who conceived this system back in the day envisioned.

Pat Lee
2 years ago

No doubt it’s a failure of infill development. Fueled by a naive dream sold by Reagan over Carter that somehow freeways were cheaper and faster to travel on than public transit. That burning oil was better than Carter’s solar panels on the White House. That McCarthyism was better than fresh and free thinking of the 1930s and 1960s.
Don’t forget the past, don’t repeat the same mistakes.

Pat Lee
2 years ago

Every successful public transit system controls the land around the station look at Hong Kong and it’s from that land that they generate the money to pay off the debt funding the transit system it’s elemental capitalism. In Europe the government has a larger role and controls the land around these stations funding the transit system as a whole.
American systems are expensive cuz they let the private developers steal all of the premium from the location of Transit stops. It’s just stupid and corrupt