Northeast Corridor Station Locations To Be Identified Within Months

City, county, and regional leaders are now working to identify station locations for the proposed Northeast Corridor rail line.

The route will take trains will through some of the most densely populated areas in Florida, including Downtown Miami, Midtown Miami, and Aventura.

At a recent Miami-Dade’s Transportation Planning Organization, chairman Esteban Bovo said every board member now sees it as an “emergency” to begin work on activating the line, according to Miami Today. He wants county commissioners to vote on the route in June, with either FDOT or the South Florida Regional Transportation Agency being directed to take the lead in planning within months.

Representatives of the 15 municipalities along the route attended the meeting, and were asked to provide data on big businesses and employers in their cities.

Miami Shores and Biscayne Park are the only two cities along the route without space for a station. The mayor of Miami Shores said he hopes a station will be built in nearby El Portal.

One problem delaying new rail service on the Brightline/Florida East Coast Railway tracks is the lack of Positive Train Control, a safety system required to be installed by the federal government. The SFRTA hopes to complete the paperwork by December 31 in order to allow the Tri-Rail station to open at MiamiCentral in 2019.

 

SMART Plan map, revised February 2018:

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Jesus
2 years ago

Oh my god! Months?!! Some of these people need to go to the military to learn how to do effective leadership and make timely decisions with good information. I can do this on my own within a week, just working 40 hours on finding the best location. They should outsource a lot of what the County does right now. It is ridiculous.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Seriously its easy to point out what areas need an station and it doesn’t take months. Then extensions will be added for their planning and nothing gets done.Meanwhile the population keeps increasing.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Welcome to Miami! Where things take forever to get done.

Anonymous
2 years ago

We’ve been waiting for 20 years for this moment to come, so please, give Mr. Bovo some credit. I hope this time they don’t make the same mistakes they did with the Metrorail stations which were strategically located in areas with the lowest possible population density.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The problem is not where they built the Metrorail stations, the problem is that it took the city government so long to realize that you must build density next to these stations.

Anonymous
2 years ago

bingo!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Metrorail was envisioned as a park and ride system. New Urbanism and TODs didn’t come until after it was completed.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Took so many damn years for the county to realize they are home to two of the most talented urban planning firms in the world (Dover + Kohl and DPZ). Finally within the last 5-10 years they acknowledged their existences and we are on our way to becoming a real city.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Nonsense, the park and ride ridership was never enough to support a successful system. During roughly the same time period DC Metro was built and small cities created at almost every station resulting in a success system. In the meantime half of the Metrorail stations are STILL surrounded by vacant land, flea markets, and strip malls.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Tri-Rail and SFRTA already did a 200+ page public study years ago, laid out all of the stations up through Jupiter and even had some quick infill sketches for possible development opportunities around the new stations. This is just pure stupidity.

Anonymous
2 years ago

They need a feasibility study to study the feasibility study that studied the feasibility of a feasible route.

A. Nonymous
2 years ago

20th, 36th, 54th, & 79th with connecting crosstown MAX bus service, please.

Anonymous
2 years ago

….and I’ll finish the job for the county..

95th, 125th, 163rd, 186th, 203rd.

Boom, done, let’s get it done. Use eminent domain if necessary.

Anonymous
2 years ago

with safe, adequate bike lanes (buffered, protected if necessary) leading to the train stations. no automobile parking at these stations (too expensive to acquire land and build).

Anonymous
2 years ago

Parking always help.
Mix use Residential Commercial development to increase the population density around the stations.

FEC greenway
2 years ago

The bike lane should parallel the track all the way downtown in the FEC right of way.

Anonymous
2 years ago

What world are you living in? The only people in Miami who ride bikes are the rich people who live in Key Biscayne, and they do it as exercise not because they are commuting to and from work. I guess in your alternate reality people will ride their bikes sweating up a storm in the middle of summer only to take their bikes into the Metro so that once they get to their destination they can ride into the sunset. Wake up will ya! The coffee is brewing.

Anonymous
2 years ago

FIU biscayne needs one too.

Anonymous
2 years ago

163rd is pretty close. The FIU Biscayne campus is always going to be difficult to walk to because it’s tucked away behind Oleta.

Anonymous
2 years ago

203rd will be tricky because of the flyover and new flyover rumors

Suomynona
2 years ago

Plenty of room.

Will certainly need improved pedestrian access East/West across Biscayne and North/South across ives dairy.

That flyover was HORRIBLY designed though. For sure.

Anonymous
2 years ago

NEW??? geeze, what are the plans? any links ? such a shame…

Suomynona
2 years ago

I can confirm that this intersection is a hot mess.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-ives-dairy-20150423-story.html

Anonymous
2 years ago

I doubt 54st will get one.

Anonymous
2 years ago

54 is a must, there are three big developments proposed for that area.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You missed 62nd St.

Anonymous
2 years ago

“The SFRTA hopes to complete the paperwork by December 31 in order to allow the Tri-Rail station to open at MiamiCentral in 2019.” 2019! I thought the Tri rail was supposed to start going downtown a few months after it MiamiCentral opened!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Take a plan from the County Commission/MDX and just approve it before you know the locations.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Don’t let Solemia steal the North Miami Beach station.

Anonymous
2 years ago

That’s what’s going to happen, watch.

Anonymous
2 years ago

2019? Why so long when the station is open and track laid out? Sad!

Suomynona
2 years ago

It literally tells you why in the article. Omg.

MiamiStrongerTogether
2 years ago

Just build it already!

Anonymous
2 years ago

10 months full of corruption, who s getting a vacation from this?

Anonymous
2 years ago

the projects will get done, then the new residents will complain about the noise from the train

Anonymous
2 years ago

The East-West corridor needs to loop, running east along 40th Street/Bird Road, turning at the former Ludlam ROW north, 8th Street east, 37th Avenue North, Flagler and/or 1st Street east, and into Government Center’s east west platform, continuing to Miami Beach and maybe including a cruise terminal stop. Honestly, it’s a better investment than than converting the South-Dade Transitway into Metrorail, when the CSX spur can be used instead and covers a bigger area.

A. Nonymous
2 years ago

The downside with the CSX spur for transit is that it’s on the north side of 836. Nothing will be within walking distance of any stations abutting the airport, a transfer will be necessary to a southbound bus.

Anonymous
2 years ago

and the massive expansion under way on 836 and associated interchanges further will make that difficult.