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.

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Anonymous
9 months ago

lmao the fact that you can up or down vote these comments as many times as you want is going to be wild, knowing this crowd

Anonymous
9 months ago

It’s not a bug, it’s a feature!

Anonymous
9 months ago

it needs -10 and +10 buttons

Anonymous
9 months ago

One stop at 5th and Alton? Why not extend it down 5th street to at least Collins to pick up on the more touristy area?

Anonymous
9 months ago

It would have to change technology. An elevated line is inconsistent with South Beach’s character.

Anonymous
9 months ago

5th street isn’t anything special, I doubt anyone would notice. Slap some palm trees around it and it will blend right in

transplant
9 months ago

Welcome back! But no need for a new system. Extend the Metro over the Brightline tracks and across MacArthur!!!!!

Anonymous
9 months ago

Terrible idea. A 2-stop system adds little value.

Build metrorail — or at a minimum metromover and connect with our existing systems.

Anonymous
9 months ago

NO! every time something is proposed 100 people jump and shout …

If someone is proposing to build a system that is ten times better than nothing. A two stop system can always be expanded, and besides do you know how loud Metrorail is?

Anonymous
9 months ago

This is a bad system because it supports communist Chinese

Anonymous
9 months ago

How? It’s using Canadian trains now, not Chinese. And Genting is Malaysian, also not Chinese. Nothing Chinese about this project anymore

Anonymous
9 months ago

Exactly… have a house that’s very near the metrorail and I agree, it’s very loud!!!

Anonymous
9 months ago

Can somebody explain to me why it would take 5 years to build mono rail thats only a few miles long? You can literally walk that distance with no problem! The signature bridge will take about the same time and thats understandable because there are a lot of work that has to be done. knowing Miami that 2026 completion date can easily be 2030 knowing Miami and all the politics!

J.
9 months ago

No No No!! Unless this is part of the Metromover system what’s the point? Residents would rarely use this. It’s a white elephant.

Anonymous
9 months ago

Not true. Metro Mover is outdated, too small and too slow. Barely any seats. The elevated tracks would still be necessary, so any cost savings would be minimal. However the city needs to insist on bringing the line all the way to government center allowing for connection to Metrorail, Tri-rail and Virgin.

Anonymous
9 months ago

I don’t mind the stop at Resorts World since they’re helping with funding, but the fact it isn’t also going to Government Center is mind boggling. There’s even already an east west platform it could fit in. Taking Airport people mover to metro rail to metromover to this to get from the airport to the beach is kinda nutty

Anonymous
9 months ago

Will it connect to the metro mover in downtown ?

Shawn Kouri
9 months ago

Oh I can’t wait until the metro rail connection to Miami Beach goes live. This is going to help with traffic congestion for sure. And people don’t have to worry about parking anymore. But 2026? Why so long? Something like this can be completed by 2023 or 2024.

Welcome back next Miami

Shawn Kouri
9 months ago

Well now that resorts world as a subsidiary for the project, don’t you think it’s time for Genting to bring back its original plan of building that massive Casino that was supposed to go on the Miami Herald site.? It’s been sitting vacant for years and years and years and had only been used for event space in the past three years. What a waste. If they do that, the main stop could be right there at the casino. They should definitely put a stop at Jungle Island and the Kids Museum though.

Danny Costa
9 months ago

Yes, 5 years is ridiculous. They’re not building the Burj Khalifa, it’s a monorail and stations. Sheesh

Anonymous
9 months ago

Not much different than this proposal from 2007: http://bit.ly/rrcFP6 Aside from running at grade along the MacArthur (to save money), it runs north to the Convention Center with a stop at Ocean Drive. Even suggesting Bombardier (which has the license to make Disney-style monorails) is the same. The incentive to get the private sector involved offering up land either at the Genting site and/or the MB Convention Center for a hotel/hotels. A Watson Island stop suggested giving up dock space there for a Disney cruise ship in exchange for the Mouse to build and run the whole shebang. Back then the 9-mile two-track run was estimated to cost around $450 million (less than the Port Tunnel).

Anonymous
9 months ago

This is a step in the right direction; however there needs to be additional light rail lines throughout Miami Beach to connect to this system.

Anonymous
9 months ago

Have we ever considered a ferry at all between Miami and Miami Beach? Seems like it would be quicker and cheaper just to get a boat out there, it won’t disrupt any views, and there’s likely existing Marina infrastructure already built for it. Thoughts?

Anonymous
9 months ago

Miami doesn’t need ferries. This is the 2000’s not the 1800’s.

J.
9 months ago

lol…a ferry?

Joseph Magazine
9 months ago

This is beyond stupid. It takes 6 minutes to make this drive 99% of the day (from 5th and Alton to Herald site). People will give up their cars to take a bus to a train station, wait for the train, take the train, then maybe another bus or metro mover to where they are going? 9,000 of them per day? Hahahaha. This is how city’s go bankrupt

Anonymous
9 months ago

Welcome back TNM!! Missed you guys

Anonymous
9 months ago

The rendering will become a reality is more like it. On transit, Miami is all HOOAH and no Do a; all hat and no cattle.

POLO
9 months ago

BUILD IT!!!!

South Beach resident
9 months ago

Saddens me to read so many sick comments. Childish, ignorant, brainwashed, hateful, stupid comments. We, Miami Beach residents are tired of references to ” Communism ” and ” Socialism ” and Cuba, etc… We are talking the future of our Miami Beach and our Miami-Dade County. Do not forget that Nixon, Republicans and multinational corporations and farming conglomerates are the ones who opened US to China and re-established relations. For the cheap Chinese labor and explore their natural resources, so we can save ours and pollute their country. When you are bankrupt by medical bills, you all wished you were in ” Social Democrat ” Germany, Denmark, England or Canada with national, socialized medicine. Please, focus on our local issues, our two Miamis. Let’s work together with respect, civility and with democratic means to achieve the best results for all, independent of social-economic class, race, religion or political ideology. Thank you Sisters and Brothers Miamians.

Anonymous
9 months ago

Didn’t The Simpsons do an episode on the Springfield Monorail?

Anonymous
2 months ago

This is just a terrible idea. The monorails are tiny and outdated, and cannot move enough people efficiently/quickly. Extending them would be a half step without any real benefit. This will rightfully anger Miamians when they don’t see results, then delay actually helpful (and very expensive) public transit for decades. What is needed is a true subway tunnel under Collins Ave, connected to downtown and the airport, which will be hugely expensive but worth it. It’s not entirely Miami’s fault – such a huge project requires state support, but Florida inarguably sucks.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Oh and the fact that these plans are not really connected to any of the existing (if inadequate) transit is just idiocy.

Anonymous
9 months ago

I just hope they name the monorails by color: Gold Monorail, Orange Monorail …

Anonymous
9 months ago

A step in the right direction, but very shortsighted. No line up to north beach, doesn’t connect to the metro mover station…

Anonymous
9 months ago

Take shuttle there

Anonymous
9 months ago

why not just take the bus over the macarthur and save a transfer

J.
9 months ago

So…you want someone to take a train, then a bus to their destination? Where are they going? To London? This is totally impractical.

Shawn Kouri
9 months ago

Yeah maybe they should expand the line a little bit. Maybe A Tatian connecting to the Fontainebleau, another one in North Beach, I stop in Bal Harbor, and maybe up to Sunny Isles. And then maybe one stopping at Aventura Mall.

Anonymous
9 months ago

Glad you’re back!

Anonymous
9 months ago

FINALLY WE MISSED YOU GUYS!!!

Anonymous
9 months ago

And it’s Trains too!!!

Anonymous
9 months ago

It sill never happen. But yay new articles!

Anonymous
9 months ago

Mass transit is dead due to the pandemic. The world and urban culture with respect to planning and customer demands are now different. Put the money in expanding new suburbs around Miami. Fill the edge of the Everglades a bit and build more out west.

Anonymous
9 months ago

If a Chinese company is still operating this privately funded system I don’t want it, I don’t care if they’re using Canadian cars if it’s a communist Chinese information dump. Names dates times revenue endless potential to feed directly to Chinese communists. Cuba Is still communist and still actively spying on America as well. MIA was just flooded with Cuban spies thanks to Obama’s policy with Cuba.

Anonymous
9 months ago

Your tinfoil hat is too tight and you need to up your meds.

Anonymous
9 months ago

I bet you single handedly down voted every single downvote on the original comment. Hopefully TNM fixes this “thumbs up thumbs down” unlimited bug.

Anonymous
9 months ago

That’s what happens when you think like a Republican.

Anonymous
9 months ago

Change it to post-Soviet Russia and multiply eightfold, and that’s what happens when you think like a Democrat.

Anonymous
9 months ago

Where is your proof?

Anonymous
9 months ago

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Anonymous
9 months ago

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