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.