Monorail To Miami Beach ‘On The Brink’ Of Beginning Construction, Commissioner Says

Miami-Dade is rapidly moving forward with plans to build a monorail to Miami Beach following a vote by a county oversight board last week.

The Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust voted on Thursday against a resolution  that would have asked the county to consider switching to an alternate mode such as Metromover, according to Miami Herald reporter Doug Hanks.

The vote was largely symbolic, but is still considered a win for the consortium planning to build the Monorail system.

At the meeting, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Commissioner Eileen Higgins, and Miami-Dade Transit chief Eulois Cleckley all spoke in favor of the Monorail system.

Higgins noted that the Monorail was “on the brink” of breaking ground. Engineering work and other planning has been underway following a vote by the county in October 2020 to move forward.

A Metromover system would also be too slow, Higgins added.

A previous county study showed that a one-seat ride on Metromover would generate around 30% higher ridership than either a monorail or people mover requiring a connection. Cleckley told the board that it would not be possible to build it that way, however.

The Monorail still needs another vote by county commissioners to finalize financing details before it can begin construction.

Construction on the monorail system is now expected to begin in 18 months, Higgins said.

A consortium including Meridiam and Resorts World Miami (Genting) plans to finance and build the project in return for monthly payments from the county.

 

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Bandit
1 month ago

NO VISION! EXPAND METRORAIL AND METRO MOVER

Anonymous
29 days ago

here’s an honest question, is there any chance the MetroMover system could be converted to this monorail system?

Kinda just brainstorming ideas to help make this all more cohesive, since they’ve flat-out decided a metromover to SOBE is not in the cards

Anonymous
1 month ago

Welp.. disappointed but not surprised.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes, build the monorail. Switshing to the Metromover now will be another 10 years of studies.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’d rather build nothing than waste $1.2 BILLION of taxpayer dollars on a 1980’s Disney tourist attraction. How does this benefit the constituents?

Anonymous
1 month ago

The article stated the Genting will pay to build this Monorail.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Genting has no approval to build anything here and has not built anything here, so why would they fund a monorail 1st, talk about putting the cart before the horse.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^
“A consortium including Meridiam and Resorts World Miami (Genting) plans to finance and build the project in return for monthly payments from the county”

Looks like that cart will be pulling the horse unless you know something otherwise?

Anonymous
1 month ago

well for $1.8 billion in public money for a glorified amusement park attraction they do not need to worry about having any casino built here. They will be making plenty without it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

woudl you rather they expand the roadway for $800 Million or so and have more parking decks built at the beach $60 million…. and thousands of cars polluting the air? Just to find that when you want to cross a street it is almost impossible to do without getting run over by those thousand cars more?

Or build infrastructure so we can move around easier and safer as well as preserving air quality as well as quality of life.!

Anonymous
1 month ago

^^yeah I would….800 mil is a lot less than 1.2 bil, and more would use it

Anonymous
1 month ago

^^^what you can’t seem to figure out is that Genting has no casino to attach this monorail to. Just a year ago, Genting was stiffing its creditors. Now they’re paying off local leaders. Don’t hold your breath for any of this to happen.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Because the monorail will feed thousands of tourists to his future resort at the Miami Herald site, DAAA!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Genting is not building this out of generosity, my friend. The county is on the hook for $60 million per year for 30 years to operate it. That’s $1.8 BILLION, before inflation.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^
I’m not disputing anything you said.. I’m only stating that the article said “A consortium including Meridiam and Resorts World Miami (Genting) plans to finance and build the project.”

Anonymous
1 month ago

and your information came from ????

Bryan Riley
1 month ago

Seems we are in a loop with these shortsighted decisions. Build anything we can now because it’s better than nothing. Politicians and people desperate for a win yet we are shortsighted. If you are going to do the Resorts world funding route, we should just pay more in payments to have them connect at our existing downtown intermodal station. They can add a stop at their casino. I also don’t like this line having different fee structure as well. This comes with the fragmentation.

How can you ignore that you will get 30% more ridership using an existing system. Planning and Leadership malpractice. For the mayor to support this is disappointing. Just trying to get political wins.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yep, these politicians are on the Genting gravy-monorail.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You know, that’s not a problem, but why not build it to run from 5th st on Miami Beach all the way up to Haulover Beach and back?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes, pet projects that cost taxpayers $60 million per year for 30 years is a problem. For a white elephant that requires a separate mode of transportation to get to and from.

Anonymous
1 month ago

1) Yeah, it’s a BIG problem
2) Ever heard of right-of-ways? You think the Balmoral or Oceana want a monorail in their front yards?

Anonymous
1 month ago

this makes zero sense….where in the hell do you board this thing….omni???….or a completely disconnected station at gentings property…????

Anonymous
1 month ago

They will create another mean of transportation to get to it…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah.. you’ll have to transfer and transfer again, and then transfer to something that’ll take you to a transfer station to board it.

MM305
29 days ago

LOL, so basically you take an Uber from the Metro rail to the Monorail, then the Monorail to an Uber on the beach to get to your hotel, restaurant, or dance club! They’ve created a system that requires two Uber rides to use the Mass Transit, its about as dumb as it gets. Why not just take one Uber ride to your destination? They are never going to solve this problem with a single node stop on the beach. And where ever that node stop is will become the epicenter home of some salty and spicy characters

Anonymous
29 days ago

You’ll need to take a Spirit Airlines flight to Miami, get on metrorail to downtown, to get on the people mover, to get the transfer hub to get on a light-rail, to get into a Elon Musk Presents: TeslaTunnel, to get to the monorail to Miami Beach, to them wait 48 minutes for your Uber to your South Beach hotel to show up

Anonymous
1 month ago

They’re gonna build a new metromover station on the Genting property and the monorail station will be connected to that. They should atleast extend the monorail to the unused platform at Government Center so we can have a metrorail connection…

Anonymous
1 month ago

I doubt if they will be building a new Metromover station on the Genting property since one already exists. Connecting the mono to the mover is more likely.

Anonymous
1 month ago

mono to mover to metro to tri to bright? huh?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Lol, backed by Daniella Cava and Eileen Higgins. These “progressives” are just corporate shills just like every other neo-liberal/neo-con politician.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Gee you’re brilliant.. you know that these women are progressives!

You must live a flawless life.

Melo is sigma and Chad
1 month ago

This is what I dislike anyone with the progressive label the most

Anonymous
1 month ago

you lost every reader when you start name-calling.
Intelligent thinking and comments are worth considering, but you only have cheap-shot name-calling, so no one cares what you think. As if you even know what those mean.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Gee, I wonder why it was Wall Street, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, foreign interests like China, Russia, etc. who backed the vegetable.

Anonymous
1 month ago

So tired of the political party infrences. I see you have all the repug buzz words down pat. Too bad they’re a bunch of loosers.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You’re tired of political party references (not “infrences”) but then you make one yourself. You also should learn to spell Loser before you call others “loosers”.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I like the idea of having more efficient transportation in Miami Beach, which is already completely saturated with cars. The biggest issue I see is the multiple transfers required on transportation systems like Monorail, Metromover, Metrorail, Brightline and Tri-Rail, as they are short distances and Miami Dade and Miami Beach counties are large. Paris, for example, is a huge city, but you can get anywhere with one or two Metro lines. Here, there will be several transfers, which will make any journey time consuming.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Um.. Miami Beach is a city in MiamiDade county.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Construction on the monorail system is now expected to begin in 18 months… how is that the BRINK? lmao

Anonymous
1 month ago

I thought the same damn thing…..!!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Haha.. they’ve only been talking about a link for over twenty years!

Adrian
1 month ago

Its slow because it has many stops, it can become pretty fast with limited stops. Similar systems are used seriously throughout the world. For example of something close to home the Mia mover is pretty quick.

They wanna channel Walt Disney World.

Anonymous
1 month ago

What’s wrong with channeling WDW? There monorail has been operating for over 50-years, moving millions of people with no complaints.

Anonymous
1 month ago

WDW is a privately funded tourist attraction. This is being pitched as “public transit”.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Um, it serves a purpose to transport the tourists.

Anonymous
1 month ago

2 billion down the drain thanks to corruption

Anonymous
1 month ago

You would have thought voters would have learned from the Marlins Stadium debacle. All these politicians are the same, they’re on the take.

Anonymous
1 month ago

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Anonymous
1 month ago

metro rail, mono rail, people mover, tri rail, brightline – what a hodge podge of a mess unlike most cities Miami transit a joke

Anonymous
1 month ago

You haven’t been to other “most cities” which have transit systems with many transfers, different trains, gauges, operators, etc.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Can you give an example to us?

Salty Cat
1 month ago

Boston — it’s incompatible four Metro lines, commuter rail lines, and buses (some powered by overhead electrical cables). They have an excuse, though — the city is ancient. What is Miami’s excuse for the morass of modes?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Lol Have you ever been to New York? It’s an absolute disaster transferring between lines

Anonymous
1 month ago

expand any existing system. Why have 6 or 7 different modes of transportation>
Busses, Metromover, Metrorail, Tri Rail, Trollies, Brightline, Water Taxi…
No wonder people just drive their car.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Should of invested that money on Metro Mover in downtown, and Brickell. Would of made life much easier here

Anonymous
1 month ago

Should have. Would have.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why? Downtown and Brickell are already served by Metromover. It’s people here who want it expanded to all ends of the earth, which is impractical with its current low-capacity trains and speed. We already spent loads on new Metrorail trains. Let’s expand that to Miami Beach, Doral, and FIU.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Um, in your opinion, how fast should the Metromover go in Brickell and Downtown?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami-dade will have yet another mode of transportation that isn’t properly thought out. Why can’t county officials use 3 modes that actually serve the entire county and not just downtown? What are they scared of?

Anonymous
1 month ago

That’s what I said!

– Elon Musk

Anonymous
1 month ago

Metromover and one Brightline stop serve the entire county?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes, Metrorail, Metrobus, and Brightline.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I wonder how much money Gentings paid these politicians. Ya know they did!

Anonymous
1 month ago

“A previous county study showed that a one-seat ride on Metromover would generate around 30% higher ridership than either a monorail or people mover requiring a connection. Cleckley told the board that it would not be possible to build it that way, however”

wtf?…

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s not possible to build a dinky free shortbus on the most sought-after transit route in the county.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s not? You mean to tell me that they can send a spacecraft to Pluto to take pictures but they can’t figure out how to extend the Metromover system to Miami Beach?

Too bad Einstein is dead.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Cleckley just got here like 5 minutes ago. He’s just repeating the bs he’s been spoon-fed. The Mover can be extended over just fine, and Higgins’ assertion that it’s too slow is a laughable crock, those cars can do 30+ and won’t be stopping much if at all on the Causeway.

Robin Stan
1 month ago

Looks like all the politicians are in Genting’s pocket, Unfortunate.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Robin, look at the shiny object.. now you’re getting sleepy….

Anonymous
1 month ago

Someone should make a Simpsons episode about this

Concerned transportation planner.
1 month ago

This is not a transportation project. Anyone who knows viable transportation projects knows that this will do nothing to relieve the traffic woes of our residents. This is a boondoggle sellout by certain public leaders to the hotel gambling industry to help move their guests for short term visits to the cities connected. No one who would be considering the option of using public transportation versus their auto would take a system that requires 4 to 5 transfers, including a bus ride for the last miles. This proposal is awful as a county or regional solution for burdensome traffic. History will judge this decision harshly.

Azarius
1 month ago

I hate the back door conversations that rules Miami

Anonymous
1 month ago

metromover moves faster than the cars on Ocean Ave, or anywhere else with any rush hour traffic.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Except when it breaks down midway over the river.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Heck, have you ever seen a bus that’s broken down?

Anonymous
1 month ago

The article doesn’t say if the Metromover it would be connected to the station?

Anonymous
1 month ago

This needs to be connected to the metro rail or metro mover or it will 100% fail

Anonymous
1 month ago

expand any existing system. Why have 6 or 7 different water taxi…
No wonder people just drive their car.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why not revamp the entire metromover system. It’s been relatively the same since the 80s. Get new cars that go twice the speed. To make 4 transfers will be annoying if they go with monorail.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Should’ve been a Metromover or at least it should connect to one. At least!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Look, this is Miami… doing anything makes sense is shunned upon.

Anonymous
1 month ago

makes sense…

sorry…

Salty Cat
1 month ago

You mean, anything that makes sense is frowned upon?

Anonymous
1 month ago

^
Mostly, yes…

Anonymous
1 month ago

It is connecting, if you knew how to read. Taking transit in Miami, you have to transfer regardless, whether Tri-Rail, Metrorail, or Metromover.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This feels like a let down, if we can’t get what we want at least give us decent renderings and videos of what the experience will be like. I guess it’s better than not having a mode of transit to get to Miami Beach at all, but I was really rooting for an integrated system.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Negative, it is not better.

Literally $2 BILLION being sucked out of Miami-Dade’s coffers and shipped to Malaysia. I’d wager that’s enough money to extend Metromover in several directions.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You would be better off spending it on horse races. Remember the last time the county was responsible with transit monies?

Anonymous
1 month ago

If it must be built, then I think running this Monorail east/west in mainland Miami would make much more sense.

Anonymous
1 month ago

What are the details on these monthly payments the County has agreed to make to pay this back?

Anonymous
1 month ago

$60 MILLION annually for 30 YEARS. Sucked out of County coffers and sent to Malaysia.

Anonymous
1 month ago

So dumb.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Ok fine build it but at least extend it to Ocean drive! Why would you get off there then have to walk a far distance to get to Ocean? It makes no sense!