New Renderings Of The Miami Beach Monorail Which Could Become A Reality Following A Vote Tomorrow

After decades in the works, a commission vote on building a monorail from the Miami mainland to Miami Beach is scheduled for tomorrow.

Backers of the privately built project released new renderings and details of the monorail system, ahead of the vote. Here is what they say the project will include if commissioners approve:

  • Ridership – expected at over 9,000 passengers per day
  • Technology – the system will utilize an elevated rubber tire monorail system developed by Bombardier
  • Speed – the trains will run at 50 mph, serving 12 trips per hour
  • Capacity – There will be two trains constantly operating, with one spare, each holding up to 300 riders
  • Fares – The consortium will work with the county to set a fare that provides the best value for residents and will be integrated into existing ridership programs
  • Capacity – There will be two trains constantly operating, with one spare, each holding up to 300 riders
  • Connectivity – A mainland transit hub with an integrated monorail, Metromover, and bus station will be built at NE 13th Street (between Bayshore Drive and Herald Plaza) on land swapped from Resorts World Miami, in exchange for the county turning over the Omni Bus Terminal land to Genting
  • Completion – expected in 2026

Meridiam, a global infrastructure development firm with over $8 billion in assets under management, has become the lead investor in the project.

Meridiam was also the lead in the successfully completed PortMiami tunnel. Chris Hodgkins, CEO of the PortMiami Tunnel, is a senior adviser to Meridiam on the project.

Resorts World Miami (the Genting subsidiary) remains an investor, along with Aqualand Development.

In addition to the new investor, the consortium has scrapped plans to use Chinese made cars, and instead will use a system by Canada’s Bombardier.

The monorail vote is one of many items on the packed commission agenda for tomorrow. It is the final meeting before many commission members are due to depart because of term limits.

Commissioners will vote on whether to grant the Miami Beach Monorail consortium $8 million towards predevelopment of the system, with the county to pay an additional $6 million should they decide not to proceed with the $586.5 million project.