One Of The World’s Largest Infrastructure Companies Begins Lobbying To Build Smart Plan’s North Corridor

The North Corridor proposed as part of Miami-Dade’s Smart Plan now has a serious bidder lobbying to build it.

North Corridor Transit Partners LLC, which appears to be a subsidiary of Spanish construction giant Ferrovial, has hired a slew of lobbyists to represent it in the bid, according to records seen by The Next Miami.

North Corridor Transit Partners LLC shares an address with Cintra, a Ferrovial subsidiary , according to a company registration. Some of newly registered lobbyists are also Cintra executives.

In total, eleven lobbyists registered with the county last week, all representing the same company.

Miami-Dade commissioners voted in 2019 to chose a heavy rail extension of Metrorail for The North Corridor.

At the time, some commissioners had opposed the heavy rail selection, saying that federal funding for the project was unlikely. That was before the recent presidential election won by Joe Biden, however.

The route would run about 10 miles up Northwest 27th Avenue to Hard Rock Stadium, at an estimated cost of $1.9 billion.

It could extend further through Broward County too. A 1 percent tax for transit was recently implemented there, and Broward officials have expressed interest in piggybacking on the North Corridor to extend it to Fort Lauderdale, using the same technology.

China’s BYD has also previously expressed interest in building the North Corridor.

 

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transplant
4 months ago

Can we just extend the Metro on top of the Brightline tracks so getting to Wynwood, Midtown, Design District, Little River, etc. from Brickell is a straight shot???

Azarius
4 months ago

Or just have them share tracks

Anonymous
4 months ago

Metrorail uses electric third rail technology. That would be dangerous for pedestrians on ground level tracks with at grade crossings.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Great that Broward is interested too, more regional transit integration.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Just extend the MetroMover throughout Wynwood, the Design District, Edgewater, and into Miami Beach. The system is already in existence so stop bs-ing around!

Anonymous
4 months ago

I’d love for it to be extend to Miami Beach but it seems far less realistic than the other neighborhoods you mentioned.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Probably be some bus lanes which cars and dirt bikes will still drive on and park at. Elevated metro rail is the only real solution

Anonymous
4 months ago

Nobody wants to take a bus! Metromover or Metrorail but no buses please.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Do it!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Been living in Hialeah for 15 years. Toronto before that(with a decent transit system). We need the density to support these transit projects, or else they’ll always be talking points and never get off the ground (like for the past 30 years)

Anonymous
4 months ago

What was born first the egg or the chicken?… do we build when the density is there or do we build to attract density?

Anonymous
4 months ago

That’s a good conundrum. But even with the metrorail, density in areas such as Hialeah and Liberty City haven’t budged much. In the southern part of the county, sure there are projects in Coral Gables situated along U.S. 1 to capitalize on their access to the metrorail. But even these residential developments have HUGE (and I mean Donald Trump huge) parking garages (some of the garages along 37th and U.S. 1 are as big as the apartment complexes themselves).

Anonymous
4 months ago

TDS

Anonymous
4 months ago

Dude, Trump was good in certain ways (tax relief) and bad in others (coronavirus), like all other presidents. But we can all agree his use of the word HUUUUUUUUGE provided a lot of comic relief throughout his presidency.

Anonymous
4 months ago

That’s one of many things that provided comic relief from that jerk.

Anonymous
4 months ago

“Dude”, Trump was the worst President the U.S. has ever had!!!! Unless you are part of the 1% richest people that got a huge PERMANENT tax brake, or the biggest corporations (Amazon, Apple, etc.), you’re f–ked!!! By the way, all those corporations didn’t created good paying jobs, they just buy back their stocks, and invest in automation. Also, Trump undermined our democracy by falsely claiming he won the elections! THE GUY IS A JERK, PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yeah dude, you’re right. Trump is a crony like almost all politicians. But look beyond the superficial platforms of our political parties, and you’ll realize they’re both the same. For me personally, Trump helped me as he removed the individual mandate. In other areas, he made a fool of himself and of the U.S. on the world stage . But he didn’t do anything major. He towed the party line (the one party line that is). If you don’t, as Bill Burr says, you get that convertible ride in Dallas. He may be a jerk, but he’s got some presidents (from both sides) along with him.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I hope you are enjoying Sleepy Joe. I also hope you are happy paying more at the pump and coming soon the tax hikes. Followed up by increase in crime and the invasion from the border.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yo, forget this sh**. The article’s about metrorail development.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Buy the way you express yourself, you already drank the Kool-Aid. I bet you’re one of the fools that though TRUMP THE JERK was going to be inagurated on March 4!

Anonymous
4 months ago

OH MY GOD, THE CARAVANS ARE COMING!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Racist!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Well if Dr. Seuss was a racist, I guess we all are.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Que comemierda eres

Anonymous
4 months ago

Your leader (Trump) will soon be in jail!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Flip a coin! Hillary/Trump is going to jail!

Anonymous
4 months ago

I can tell you 3 worst than Trump
1- Joe Biden ( only 2 month and is number one on the list
2- Obama
3- Jimmy Carter

🤗😛🤣

Anonymous
4 months ago

I can tell you the 3 worst Presidents than Trump:

1. TRUMP
2. TRUMP
3. TRUMP

Anonymous
4 months ago

Trump wasn’t good for anything. The only huge thing I hope to see is him in a huge jail.

Anonymous
4 months ago

It’s an unfortunate reality, Miami-Dade County should really make it infinitely more easy (and actually provide incentives) to build dense projects near existing metrorail stations. It’ll provide a stable ridership base which will contribute to its ridership.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Density can be legislated. All areas around stations should have extremely high minimum density so that you can’t build a 7/11. Vacant land should be taxed at full value to encourage development. Miami’s system was built in 1984 so there have been decades to achieve density around stations but our leadership has not made it happen.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Exactly, south Florida doesn’t have the density yet for a massive metro system. Staton island only has one line and they’re areas of major cities around the world that are far denser that don’t have metro lines

Roger
4 months ago

I don’t know about that. Miami Dade County, based on Census Blocks, has a density of about 8,343 persons per square mile (based on the 2010 Census data). Comparatively, Philadelphia county is at about 11K, so we’re not far behind. I’d say, we’re overdue for a built-out rapid transit system because our system has not kept pace with our growth.

Anonymous
4 months ago

At the end of the day, we need to start building up (not only in downtown and in the core, but also along the outskirts of the county).

Anonymous
4 months ago

What is your views on Toronto vs Miami. I find them similar tbh.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Idk. Toronto’s kinda like the New York City of Canada. It’s metro population is similar to that of Miami, but is way more diverse with many immigrants from Asia & Africa. In Miami, you find a lot more Latin Americans, which gives Miami (I think) this unique flare that you don’t find anywhere else in the U.S. (probably besides LA).

Casey
4 months ago

in LA it’s Mexicans and Persians — not South Americans and Central Americans like Miami

Anonymous
4 months ago

Sure you can get a good papusa from time to time, but I’d die for some decent Persian food here.

Anonymous
4 months ago

How did you go from Toronto to Hialeah???
Man what a culture shock. From one of the most diverse and multi cultural cities in N. America to the most homogeneous city in N America.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Job. The healthcare system down here pays better.
Culture shock at first, back when it was only Palacio de Los Jugos around. But the gentrification here’s been picking up. We even got our own Chipotle and a couple sushi spots.

American Worker
4 months ago

It seems like there is some new development going on near the old dog track and near the big swap meet place though, no? Dadeland, Douglas Road, South Miami, and Coconut Grove seem to have a lot of action

Anonymous
4 months ago

i read an article a couple weeks ago in which a county comisioner said there was n’t enough money to fund metro rail on the north corridor. i hope they are wrong and they build rail on this corridor

Anonymous
4 months ago

This is great, hope they build it quick as this community has had promise after promise broken. Next, let’s get Metrorail from Govt. Center to FIU, then get to the Beach, which actually has the density to support it!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Miami Beach will never go for such a system, it makes too much noise and it’s bulky. The Metromover should’ve been extended over to Miami Beach a long time ago because it’s quieter, less bulky, cheaper to build, maintain, and implement.

Anonymous
4 months ago

It also has less capacity, lower speed, the inability to pay for itself, and still noisy (squeaky) and bulky (elevated tracks). Miami Beach will only go for a monorail, proving a twenty-eight year-old Simpsons episode right.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Miami Beach is a tourist destination. Tourist are not interested in traveling quickly from place to place on some local commuter rail system. The Residents that live on Miami Beach have already spoken and said they don’t want a MetroRail type system. MetroMover is nowhere near as costly to build as MetroRail. The MetroMover run on rubber tires instead of steel tracks which makes the MetroMover much, much quieter. You could link two to three MetroMover cars together if there is a need for higher capacity.

One of the things I’ve noticed about Miami is the asinine opinions too many people have and the agonizingly slow approach to getting the right thing done by it’s governmental officials. Why try to invent the wheel when it has already been invented and it’s works perfectly fine?

Anonymous
4 months ago

I gues this chat was interesting until a person with Trump Derange Syndrome had an nervous breakdown 😂😂😂😂!
Anti Trumpers and Pro Trumpers will never agree .. so let’s use this chat for constructive ideas and stop fighting… there’s always to sides on one issue but only one fact … so move on !! 😡

Anonymous
4 months ago

O’really?!.. well we’ll show you who’s right when we storm the Capitol building in WA D.C. again!

– Rightwing Storm Troopers

Azarius
4 months ago

No China nothing but I’m ok with the other. Let’s get this done while it’s hit a really push transit forward in Miami…it’s been a long time coming

Anonymous
4 months ago

Exactly. Run from China.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Sorry guys
Dems and specific Joe is deep in bed with China. We’ll be forced to learn Mandarin pretty soon.

Anonymous
4 months ago

“I tell ya, I don’t know who those two Russian guys are that I’m in all those pictures with!!!”

– Trump

Anonymous
4 months ago

This project is vital I think as people underestimate the value of that northern swath of the city between Miami and Broward. If they could connect it to downtown and south, it really opens up some area for development. Really can’t go much farther west anymore. South to Homestead and North to Hollywood need to start becoming a priority as people begin to get priced out of the “traditional” SW urban core of Miami. Lots of potential there for those that want a single family/ suburban lifestyle.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Anything for less traffic

Anonymous
4 months ago

There is absolutely NO density along 27th Ave North, unlike the NE corridor!

Anonymous
4 months ago

This North Corridor is a total waste of $.
The most important extension needed is a Beach link that extends to FIU.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Of course a corridor through neighborhoods with little walkability is preferred over a Doral, FIU, and Miami Beach line, or through the central core of the city from the airport down 37th Avenue to Douglas Road Station. When an adjective like “smart” is in the name, that usually means it is not.

Anonymous
4 months ago

It’s criminal that transit decisionmakers continue to throw billions at failed plans. The existing Metro along NW 27th Avenue and into Hialeah opened in 1984 with zero density around most stations and 37 years later there is still almost zero density around stations. Vacant lots, junkyards, and strip malls do not generate transit riders. Empirical factors – how many people live and work within a 1/2 mile radius, is area around station zoned high-density – are the only basis for transit decisions. Personal opinions and wishful thinking don’t count. In contrast Washington’s Metro opened in 1976 and a mini-city was built at almost every station since then resulting in the system being the second most used system in the country. Yes more lines would help increase ridership if they served stations with density around them. Expect this new “Smart Plan” North line to extend Miami Metro’s epic failure for another 37 years at least. And Miami is sadly not alone in this regard. Atlanta and LA have also both failed to build enough density around stations to make the systems successful.

Afi Keita James
4 months ago

I Know and it’s gonna get even worse.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Ridership for North corridor will be low. It’s already low for MLK and brownsville and other stations. For 2 billion dollars? Is it worth it?

Getsons
4 months ago

By the time it happens, it will all be outdated and everyone will be using air taxis.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Stop hiring foreign companies

Fred
4 months ago

North corridor should be underground, in tunnels like Musk is doing in Las Vegas. Elevated heavy rail would be a noisy eyesore. Imagine something like that over SW 8th Street or Kendall Drive. Nobody wants that. Same with Miami Gardens. Do it right or don’t do it at all.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Your right Fred

Anonymous
4 months ago

Too expensive and low water line.
We don’t have the topography for it

Anonymous
4 months ago

$1.9 billion for 10 miles – Elon’s Brickel proposal is like a fraction of that per mile, and with a wetter topography. Don’t be too quick to rule out a subway type system.

Anonymous
4 months ago

If you believe that, then I own a few acres on Mars I can sell you.

Anonymous
4 months ago

What does fraudulently elected Biden has to do with the building of this corridor ?

If they wanted a useful corridor for metro rail they should do the west corridor to FIU and to SW 137th

Anonymous
4 months ago

Mental health is surely a big issue in the US.

Anonymous
4 months ago

So are censorship and woke sjws

Anonymous
4 months ago

Locking people in their houses for a year will do that.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Starting with our current president.
He’s beyond senile

Anonymous
4 months ago

On point about the FIU line, but no need to bring in that sort of politics into it.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Like William Barr told Trump, “give it up dude,” you had over sixty times in court to prove your case and you didn’t… GROW UP!

Anonymous
4 months ago

All of a sudden, everybody loves Bill Barr and Mike Pence after calling them Goebbels and Himmler for years.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Bill Barr is Trump’s U.S. AG appointee and Mike Pence is Trump’s chosen vice presidential running mate.

Now if I remember correctly, didn’t Trump call the Vice President, Mike Pence, a “p***y” in one of his last tweets?

Anonymous
4 months ago

How else will cognitively struggling Beijing Buydone and pedophile and rapist sympathizer Special K Harris preach about equity with a Metrorail line nobody will use even if it actually gets built? BYD will likely win the bid and make his cokehead son richer.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Talking about a “sympathizer…” hey, has Trump shown any sympathy yet to the husband of that woman who was shot and killed when she and that rightwing mob stormed the Capitol building in Wa DC?