Renderings Show Elevated People Mover From Midtown To South Beach After It Is Selected As ‘Preferred Alternative’

A study has determined that a people mover is the best mode for a transit system to connect Miami Beach with mainland Miami.

The people mover would run from South Beach to downtown Miami, and continue north through Midtown Miami to the Design District.

The study was revealed at a Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust meeting last week and uploaded by board member Eli Stiers (the full report is below).

Service could begin in 2030, according to a schedule included in the study. The reason for the lengthy process: it could take five years to apply for and gain approval for federal funding.

Miami-Dade has received an unsolicited proposal from Genting to build a monorail system on the route, in a process that wouldn’t need federal funding and completed much quicker. The county is now opening a bidding process to allow for competitors to submit alternatives.

 

 

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Anonymous
1 year ago

Please please, god please build this

Anonymous
1 year ago

… in three to five years.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Hire Chinese to build it, twice faster, at half the cost, and equal or better quality.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I am sure it will eventually happened but probably in the 2040s. Doubtful that some of our older readers will not even be around to see it, but hey at least Gen Z and their kids will enjoy it.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Please.. there are a lot of younger, younger people who won’t be around also.

Have you been reading some of the articles about people dying or getting killed in their teens, twenties, thirties, and early forties lately?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Boy, you are a real optimist

Anonymous
1 year ago

Um, you don’t pay much attention to what’s happening in this world, do you?

It’s not about me being an optimist, it’s about me being for real!

Anonymous
1 year ago

…and the homeless.

Anonymous
1 year ago

They will be allowed to ride on it .

Anonymous
1 year ago

The current alternative for us on the beach is to take citibike across the beach to the Omni station. It’s not a bad alternative for those who live on the NW corner of South Beach.

Anonymous
1 year ago

With some modern looking cars, however.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Why?

POLO
1 year ago

By the time they build this, it will have to be a submarine due to rising sea levels.

Anonymous
1 year ago

indeed

peej
1 year ago

The best method of transport is still the 35 year old MetroMover, and it’ll take another 10 years until the new route is actually usable??

There has to be a way to expedite the process…

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yes, there has to be a way to expedite this. Ten years to get this done is not what the citizens imagined it would take. How many years have the people of MiamiDade been paying that 1/2 cent/penny gas tax?

David
1 year ago

The best way to expedite it would have been to start 25 years ago when its need first became obvious. It would have been done 5 years ago in that case.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Should have…could have…would have…but we didn’t.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Google “Jacksonville skyway”. If that succeeds Miami could get it done in 5 years using counterflow lanes.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Hate to disappoint you but jax skyway is operating at a major loss. It’s always empty.
Thanks to the American nemesis of suburban sprawl.

Anonymous
1 year ago

So, as he/she suggested before you knocked it down…if ours can be built, as Jacksonville’s was in 5 years, but people here ride it…wouldn’t that be a good thing? We are talking about the length of time it would take to build, not the ridership, correct?

Anonymous
1 year ago

The skyway is free to ride. No income means it can only operate at a loss, just like the metromover. However, public transport brings external benefits to the economy as a whole, and the bigger picture is what we need to look at when deciding if a new train is “profitable”.

Anonymous
1 year ago

This is what politicians and acedemics say when they have a stupid idea, “Oh…but you must calculate the externalities”.

Sounds brilliant.

The best way to get from Miami to Miami Beach is an Uber, Taxi, or other car for hire service, the second best way is your own car.
If you are unable to pay for either of those, the next best way is one of the hundreds of buses that traverse the causeways.

The next best way is walk.

Then, if you want to pay a BILLION and a half dollars, you can have a little Metromover thing that people will only use reluctantly.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Guess you have not driven the 40-60 minute drive in peak hours with thousands of cars sitting idle throwing pollutants into the air when a metro mover could make the trip in 10 minutes and zero pollutants. ?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Not only could the Metromover make the trip in ten minutes without throwing zero pollutants in the air, you’ll also be able to ride on it in air conditioned splendor!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yes. Let Genting do it….or Disney….or the Chinese. Anybody other than Dade County, the state of Florida or the federal government.

Anonymous
1 year ago

WOW. Get it done privatly or Publically. Just get it done!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Oh it will be privately or not at all. I assure you this county has demonstrated over and over it has no desire to spend public money on any transit.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Well, they did spend money buying some more Trolleys.

Anonymous
1 year ago

2030 LMFAO. India and China are building 100 miles each of Metro Rail both elevated and underground every year in all of their cities big and small. The richest country in the world cant build a 3 mile track in their crown jewel city. Shame is an understatement.

Anonymous
1 year ago

They have far higher populations and densities and both are playing catch up.

Anonymous
1 year ago

At the same time, over 40% of children sleep hungry in India, yet India has 106 billionaires. Their greatest landmarks (ie Taj Mahal, Red Fort) are disintegrating. Let’s not even get to China. Both countries are conducting genocide on Muslims.

Not everything is about money.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Finally a study that makes sense, it probably won’t be implemented in favor of buses or some stupid alternative favored by Gimenez!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Gimenez should be gone soon.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Thankfully Jimenez will be ”gone” in 2020, unless of course he runs for a Miami Dade commissioner.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I know beggars can’t be choosers, but it would look better on the north side of the mcarthur leaving this view unobstructed.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Exactly my thought.

Anon
1 year ago

not a bad idea, but the rich islands would never go for it. It should go on south side, but be much lower than the renderings show. It’s way too high. It could hide right alongside the bridge.

Anonymous
1 year ago
Anonymous
1 year ago

It shouldn’t go anywhere. Spend the money elsewhere. Miami Beach is crowded now, there is no reason to add a plodding little Metromover to bring more people over. If you can’t afford an Uber, you can’t afford to eat in South Beach restaurants.

Anonymous
1 year ago

There’s more to life than eating out. Well, at least to some people. They got this thing called a beach there on South Beach. I’ve heard that attracts a few people.

Anonymous
1 year ago

What about all the people working in the hotels and restaurants…

Anonymous
1 year ago

Well, the people working in the hotels and restaurants can continue doing what they’ve been doing, and that’s drive, catch the bus, ride a bicycle, or walk.

Anonymous
1 year ago

They should just build it in the middle, not obstructing either views

Anonymous
1 year ago

I agree. Also a more streamlined guide way instead of those huge unsightly columns, with modern streamlined cars.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Also, won’t ships crash into this?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yes.. if the captain get drunk as you do while at work.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY IT WON’T GO ALL THE WAY TO THE CONVENTION CENTER!!!! A Trolley connection???? Wow!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

So the preferred alternative will take 10 years, 1 transfer to get downtown & Brickell, 2 to get to Metrorail, and 3 to get to the airport.
The other alternatives must have been real dogs.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Stop trying to make sense of the transportation madness here. Only solution is to have your own car

Anonymous
1 year ago

Geezzz I wish people will stop talking as if someone will make them take this transit system to get around. No one is stopping anybody from using their own or a friend’s vehicle or Uber/Lyft to get somewhere.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Really confused as to why the Beach line will not go all the way to the Miami Beach Convention Center. Where it is really needed.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Because of NIMBY residents that live on Miami Beach.

Optimist
1 year ago

BRT is a lot cheaper and faster to implement. You could easily phase in the improvements, even start right away with upgrades to buses and shelters.

Optimist
1 year ago

A two-way BRT loop on both the MacArthur Causeway and 195 could connect Miami Central, the beach, the Design District and Wynwood. It’d immediately attract tourists, workers and thousands of locals. Sections could be separated from the rest of traffic in phases, so it gets faster and more useful every year.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The Metromover is an automated system, meaning, it doesn’t require a human to drive it and the rail cars don’t use engines. Therefore, it’s much cheaper to operate.

And forget what you said about workers and thousands of locals, but tell me, what city in this world use buses to attract tourist?

Optimist
1 year ago
Optimist
1 year ago

London.

Anonymous
1 year ago

What else are tourist in London going to use besides buses to get around and see the many sites that city has to offer… the subway?

Optimist
1 year ago

A bus can be fun. Just put outdoor seating on top like a tour bus.

Anonymous
1 year ago

ok now genting buys casino miami and moves license to herald property agrees to build and manage the expanded metromover and builds a beautful resort with entertainment and casino …i for one wouldnt mind

Anonymous
1 year ago

Um, that’ll work.

NYC Loves Miami
1 year ago

That’s definitely a possibility, but keep in mind that Phil Ruffin, who owns Treasure Island Casino in Vegas just bought Casino Miami last year around this time. Genting will have to cough up some big bucks to make a deal.

Anonymous
1 year ago

so now if you’re a Miami Beach hotel employee and live all the way in homestead you’ll need to make five transfers to get to work… Miami Dade county needs to be connected using a county wide system

Anonymous
1 year ago

So, how are the Miami Beach hotel employee getting to work right now?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Driving

Anonymous
1 year ago

One of the 250 busses that traverse the MacArthur Causeway everyday. Or a car.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Okay.. then those Miami Beach employees can continue taking the bus or a car to work.

Anonymous
1 year ago

How can you look at the traffic situation today and think “Yup everything looks good right here”. Insider tip: it’s only going to get worse.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Have you taken a bus over the MacArthur causeway? Most times there is barely even standing room. Many of those hotel workers take two or three buses to even get to work and spend two hours each way, rain or shine, making 12$ an hour cleaning rooms. Just shut up.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Which comment are you referring to brother?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yes I have. Sometimes the bus is busy, sometimes it is not.
But, wow, the way you wrote that sounds awful.
When you say “many” of those hotel workers, do you mean 99%, 98%, 95%, or more like 1% of the hotel workers have to “take two or three buses….at two hours each way”?
And do all hotel workers make $12?
ENTRY LEVEL housekeepers make about $11 in the mom and pop hotels. Marriott, Hilton, IHG, etc pay more, with benefits, AND the upward mobility.
Not ALL hotel workers “make $12 cleaning rooms”. Hotels have Engineers, Maintenance Techs, Guest Service Reps, Spa Front Desk, Reservations Coordinator,General Accountant, Matador Room Server, and Fuego y Mar Lifestyle Bartenders. (Some of you may have guessed that I just Googled “Miami Beach hotel jobs Marriott” to pull a few of the job openings. Good pay, full benefits. Looks like several openings at the Edition Hotel).
Sounds like you have fully researched this, so maybe I should just shut up.
OR, we can THINK this through.
Is there ANY other alternative than to spend a Billion dollars connecting the City of Miami to the City of Miami Beach so that workers in the City of Homestead can be more comfortable?
There are plenty.
Add more buses is one. Adjust schedules to allocate existing buses, or buy a few more buses, and this can be done for less than a billion dollars. Hotels can pay more (if that is indeed a problem), hotels can encourage carpooling.
Common sense suggests that if it is the TRUTH that Homestead workers travel 2 hours each way by transferring 3 times, that they might tell this story in break room. This STORY sounds awful. If that “Many” estimate is more like 90% than 1 out of 100, then they would talk, and work out a way to share a ride.

Construction companies, and the lobbyists who love them, make a lot of money building Metromovers where they are not essential. They convince politicians that they are essential. They hire Storytellers to convince people that billion dollar projects are the one and only way. The un-elected bureaucrats love more Metromovers too, because they can plead for bigger budgets. Then when they Metromovers don’t work (and they won’t work reliably), the Bureaucrats can claim that they would work if only their budget was bigger.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Just add more buses.. wow, what a novel idea!

Yaaawwwwnnnnnn……

Wake me up when your mind finally realizes that we’re in a new century.

Anonymous
1 year ago

When I worked in the service industry at a Miami Beach hotel, I lived on Hibiscus Island and either rode my bike, drove my car, but usually took a $7 cab.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Most don’t live in homestead they live in allapattah and lil haiti and take two buses that get caught in traffic to get there.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Anyone living in Homestead and works on the beach is a true die hard masochist

Anonymous
1 year ago

If you are lucky enough to have a Miami Beach hotel job (where pay is good) AND live in Homestaed (where housing is cheap) then you can afford reliable transportation (read: a car).

Anonymous
1 year ago

we’ll have flying Chevy Chevettes by then

Anonymous
1 year ago

Looks a lot like this idea from 2007, but slower. http://bit.ly/rrcFP6

Anonymous
1 year ago

dialup ?

Anonymous
1 year ago

This could’ve and should’ve been done ten years ago.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Never happen.
By the time they are ready to build, the construction cost would have risen to the point of not being feasible. They waste too much time and money on studies and consultants. Just get in there and build it. Hoover Dam built in one year even with their old construction technology.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I think most people prefer their “rapid” transit, rapid. These things move slower than a bus can you imagine it packed full of SoBe workers, tourists, and homeless?

Anonymous
1 year ago

SoBe workers, tourists, and the homeless will be able to take some other form of transit that they think is faster anytime they want.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Its faster than sitting in traffic and if they charge $1 or less to ride the homeless wont ride.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The People Mover: When You’re not in a hurry.

Anonymous
1 year ago

it can go up to 50 MPH, more than enough.

peej
1 year ago

That’s not correct–its top speed is 50 km/h, or 31 mph (slower than the unmarked speed limit on residential streets). Furthermore, its average speed is only 9 mph.

For all the time and money required for the expansion, a more efficient method should be proposed.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Who cares if it’s going less than 50mph?

Have you seen and read the article about the headache one can get trying to find a parking space on Miami Beach peej?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Seeing something that travels much faster than the speed limit for cars will encourage drivers to switch.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Um, taking this instead of creating more wear and tear on my vehicle to get around will encourage me and other drivers to switch.

Anonymous
1 year ago

You’re out of your mind. This will work for tourists to get to Wynwood from the beach and that’s all

Anonymous
1 year ago

Heck, I’m not a tourist and I’ll take it.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The current Metromover costs $4.15 Billion in today’s dollars.
This one would probably cost $1B and shut down a lane of traffic for a decade.
Just buy 5 more buses, and use the other $999,000,000 for something else.

Anonymous
1 year ago

“The current Metromover costs $4.15 Billion in today’s dollars”

Not 1.5 billion, not 2 billion, not even 3 billion, but 4.15 billion. That’s 4 billion, 15 million dollars.

Ha!.. people tickle me when they just come up with their own figures.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Plus, the People Mover handles much fewer riders unlike a monorail or train.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Just run bigger or more rail cars and it should take care of that if it’s a problem.

Anonymous
1 year ago

They could have this route with three cars instead of one or two.

Anonymous
1 year ago

First, the system has to be expanded, then they’ll see how many rail cars it needs for the capacity.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Not true.

Anonymous
1 year ago

When it turns it going 9 MPH, on straight routes it going more than 9 MPH

Anonymous
1 year ago

I have a more efficient method, add natural gas buses.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Natural Gas buses have the same problems that Non Natural Gas vehicles do…they sit in the SAME TRAFFIC on the causeway !

Optimist
1 year ago

Yes to be fast they’d need their own lane, at least for parts of the route.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Google says that a 7.3 mile trip from the Government Center Metrorail station to Kimpton Hotel in the middle of Miami Beach is 39 Minutes in one bus leaving at 8am. (14 to 26 minutes in a car).

If the person who posted the 9mph average Metromover speed is correct, this same trip would take 49 minutes in billion dollar Metromover to the beach.

Leaving at 8am from Government Center to the Kimpton Palomar.
Bus = 39 Minutes
Car = 26 Minutes
MM = 49 Minutes

Do “we” REALLY “need” this?

Anonymous
1 year ago

“If the person who posted is correct”

Would you believe me if I told you the Moon is made out of cheese?

Anonymous
1 year ago

It’s “free” stop complaining

Anonymous
1 year ago

… but, but, I must find something about it to “bitch” about!

Anonymous
1 year ago

2030 ? ouch !

Anonymous
1 year ago

That’s just planning stage, more likely in 2040

Anonymous
1 year ago

They’ve been studying this for about fifteen years. If we keep dogging them, they’ll get it done in less than ten years.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The most scenic route in Miami.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Well, one of the most at least.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The money in mass transit in Miami goes to the planners and consultants. Move if you don’t like this because it’s not going to change.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Don’t forget the construction companies that build unnecessary Metromovers, and the lobbyists that they hire.
These lobbyists can feed “journalists” press releases geared to manipulate the least experienced voters in the county and get them all worked up like Veruca Salt. “Daddy, I want public transportation…and I whaaaaaaa-nt it noowwwwwww!!!!”

Anonymous
1 year ago

You must a taxi or Uber/Lyft driver?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Using three metromover cars would give it the needed capacity for this route.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Great idea but need it much sooner that 2030. I would also suggest a safe bicycle path on 395 it is unacceptable that you have to ride your bike with cars.

Anonymous
1 year ago

How much would be willing to pay if you had to pay for it?

Anonymous
1 year ago

All these bicycle people need to start paying significant registration fees and some kind of taxes to help pay for their bike lanes they demand. Cars pay registration and gas taxes. These bicycles should pay their costs for the infrastructure they require. Bicycles riders pay almost nothing of roads/bike lanes that they use and do nothing but complain wanting more.

Anonymous
1 year ago

How about counterflow lanes with autonomous vehicles that connect to the Metromover like Jacksonville is doing with their Metromover type system?

Anonymous
1 year ago

That will work too. Remember, Florida is the 3rd most populous state in the USA.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Forget about it.. we’re getting Pod Cars
– Mayor Gimenez

Anonymous
1 year ago

Send the purchase order to my Chinese factory.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Who commisssioned the study that determined that an elevated meteomover was the “preferred alternative”? Do they have a financial interest in building this meteomover? What were the other alternatives provided to choose from?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Can the people in this city and county get something useful that they’re paying for? I mean, trucks have a billion dollar tunnel that very very very few citizens in Miami use. This system is cheaper than starting from scratch, so all they have to do is expand it.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The elevated train avoids ground level traffic.

Anonymous
1 year ago

… and the rising ocean.

CEC
1 year ago

Elevated is, of course, the only way to go in the long run; and the system should be an extension of the metro-rail to solve the time to destination problem; an addition to the metro-rail will be more expensive in the short run, but in the long run it will be cheaper because it will be permanent. Start it now, even if you can only finance one mile. If the county doesn’t start until the whole system is financed, it will never get constructed. Once work begins and the public sees some action, financing can be more easily done on a piece-by-piece basis. The important thing is to “get the show on the road”.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I agree.

Christian
1 year ago

This is much needed. FIU, Miami-Dade Colleges and malls should also be connected.

Anonymous
1 year ago

In my opinion metrorail should be used to connect the whole county… so in this instance a metrorail should be built down the MacArthur to 5th ave and then Miami Beach should built a light rail system that connects north, mid and south beach. And then in the future if a northeast metro line ever gets built another metro line could connect that with mid beach via the Julia Tuttle. Everyone has to remember that mass transit expansion isn’t just for today’s needs but for the future growth of Dade county which isn’t stopping anytime soon

Anonymous
1 year ago

I would design something like the Green Line in Boston or the N Line in Downtown Denver

Anonymous
1 year ago

Nahhh, those transit system are built for them.. this is Miami and we need something different.

Anonymous
1 year ago

You would have 2 transfers on one mode of transit just to get from brickell to the beach lmao

Anonymous
1 year ago

Gee, I take it when you fly, you only buy a straight ticket.

Anonymous
1 year ago

This would like be flying to the Bahamas from west palm but transfering at fll and Mia…

Anonymous
1 year ago

If you’re traveling from South Miami on the MetroRail, then yeah, you’ll have to transfer from the MetroRail to the MetroMover to get to Miami Beach on this system. NYC has rail tranfer systems to get from place to place and people living there make no big deal of it.

Geez Miami has a bunch of lazyass people.

Anonymous
1 year ago

And the problem is?

Bitbang3r
1 year ago

Once the guideway is built, there’s nothing that says they can’t reconfigure it to have three “lines”:

1. Downtown Inner Loop, exactly the way it is now.

2. Midtown – runs from Brickell to Midtown along present-day Brickell, Omni, and Outer loop tracks.

3. SoBe – runs from South Beach to Brickell along present-day Omni, Brickell, and Outer loop tracks.

This would make SoBe-Brickell and SoBe-downtown transfer-free, Midtown-SoBe a single cross-platform transfer, Metrorail-SoBe (including Airport-SoBe) a single transfer at Gov’t Center, and Virgin/Brightline-SoBe a single transfer as well.

Requiring a transfer for MIA-SoBe isn’t ideal, but it certainly wouldn’t be deal-killing.

Also, keep in mind that “speed” isn’t an absolute number or limit. Today’s Metromover speeds are constrained mostly by track geometry (tight corners) and need to minimize acceleration and deceleration for passenger safety & comfort. If the vehicle had a straight mile to smoothly speed up and slow down along the causeway, it could almost certainly go quite a bit faster along the stretch (probably, without requiring any changes besides software).

Anonymous
1 year ago

BRT would have been cheaper, faster to implement, and have better travel times. Metromover is beyond sluggish for these distances. Take an existing lane from the roads, put dividers up, and make it bus only with strategically placed stops and higher frequency than all the other buses. We could literally have BRT operational within months for a fraction of the cost. This is a ridiculous mode for connecting two of the densest parts of the county. This is the heart of the 8th largest metro area, not Disney World.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Buses.. more buses… man you’re mentally stuck in the 1950’s.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Please tell me what the county actually invests in. We know it’s not rail. They’re too cheap to give us rail and it’ll take too long. BRT is a success in major cities across the US and the globe. I implore you to do your research and look at the cost of rail per mile in the US and then let me know where the county will come up with that cash. Don’t forget they already misspent BILLIONS meant to expand metrorail on maintenance. If I’m stuck in the 50s, you must be stuck under a rock. Read the news, do your homework, and curb your expectations.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I see.. you don’t keep up with the times. Billions of have been spent expending freeways in this county and that’s a fact. We have buses. More buses is not the answer. The MetroMover is an automated system therefore it doesn’t rely on some person who doesn’t feel like coming to work to operate it like a bus does. Are you a bus driver?

Wakeup to the 2000’s and leave that archaic way of doing things in the past.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Google what happened to the half penny tax. I don’t trust the county to collect more money and use it correctly for rail. BRT would utilize the existing road network therefore costing less than rail and ready to implement in less than a year. If you want to wait forever for a pathetic monorail to cross the bay, go for it. I’m done arguing with someone who thinks rail is any newer or better than a bus. Get over yourself, and fix your grammar if you’re going to act like you’re better than someone with a logical suggestion.

Anonymous
1 year ago

What’s the matter.. mad because your argument is just as archaic as your brain? Just get on a bus you love somewhere and ride ride ride and you might relieve some of that anger you’re exhibiting.

Meanwhile, kudos to the city politicos for thinking sensible about this.

Anonymous
1 year ago

If you really think buses are archaic and rail isn’t, give me a break. Why aren’t you advocating for hyperloop? Is that not innovative enough for you? Or did you finally learn the word archaic earlier this week?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Still talking?

Sorry, but unlike someone like you who’s advocating for more buses, I can’t do any advocating for some pipe dream like hyperloop.

Now run along, you’re boring me.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Really shocked you’re not pro hyperloop when your preferred mode is less advanced and just as much of a pipe dream. Just remember, you’re advocating for “archaic” technology that has no viable back up when it’s down. When rail (includes your beloved metromover) derails or has other issues, you’re stuck waiting for it to be fixed. When a bus breaks down, you send another bus. Cost effective and faster than rail.

Anonymous
1 year ago

He must make his living as a Metromover parts supplier.

Lets keep toking and plan a Metromover extension to Detroit.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Buses would be a good short term solution, easy and cheap to implement (could be done by just putting up some cones to dedicate a lane for buses on the bridge). But in the long term, rail is the way to go. The only problem is, if county does the short term decision, they’ll call it a day for the next 30 years after that.

Anonymous
1 year ago

You have to be kidding about the Metromover being an “automated system”. Automated cars maybe.
The last time my Metromover car “automatically” slammed on the brakes, it was over the Miami River. A lot of older people hit the floor. And we all pressed the button to eventually hear someone answer…he was oblivious to the stoppage. We waited 15 minutes half way between the south and north bank of the river (great view for me, but a lot of people were freaking out). A supervisor walked on the tracks, opened the door and asked if everyone was alright. After no major injuries, the supervisor walked BACK across the bridge to retrieve a plastic bag that had gotten wrapped around the stantion and was blowing into the path.
BACK is a key word.
The “Automatic” Metromover slammed on the brakes AFTER it blew through the plastic bag. sigh.
By the time this was over, there were 6 Metro-Dade employees, the Brickell System was shut down in the middle of the business day, and several elderly people got rocked.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Please.. that’s nothing compared to this:

https://miami.cbslocal.com/2015/02/26/bus-hits-suv-crashes-into-strip-mall/

And that’s just one example.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I want my car. I’m happy wasting a 3rd if my income in car payments, insurance, parking, tolls, and maintenance. Viva Detroit.

Anonymous
1 year ago

And nobody told anybody on this site that they can’t continue driving their car or taking the bus.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Go to Google maps, pick a Gov’t Station to any place on Miami Beach. Look at the time it takes for a car, a bus, and a 9mph Metromover.

To shave 10 minutes off the travel time to make housekeepers more comfortable is not worth a billion dollars of initial capital expenditure (forget about annual operating cost).

The people in the 1950’s United States were smart and had very little debt. They didn’t whine about wanting ponies or Metromovers.

“Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times.” – G. Michael Hopf

Anonymous
1 year ago

“The people in the 1950’s United States were smart and had very little debt. They didn’t whine about wanting ponies or Metromovers”

Ummm yeah, they ran everywhere there they went.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Are you back on crack again?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Here is a list of things you can do while getting your ass out of your car and use public transportation.
1-You will finally realize that your are incapable to speak to a real woman.
2-You will feel liberated when other people will see you wearing your housekeeper uniform on your way to your gay porno star nighttime job.
3-You won’t have to borrow money from your parents to pay for a car you can’t afford.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Trains are from the 1850’s. Are you the same dope that wants slowassed Metromover extended to Sunny Isles (nearly to Broward County)?

Anonymous
1 year ago

aww heck…lets replace the dtwn/Brickell/Omni Metromover loops with bullet trains. Then build a Metromover extension to Amelia Island so tourists can take photos at 8 mph. Yeah go go people movers man.

Anonymous
1 year ago

You are one these guys above who reminds of that old Diana Ross song, “I want muscles!..” But only you guys keep singing, “I want buses!..”

I See, there are a lot of MiamiDade County bus drivers or people who work for the county maintaining metro buses on this site beating down the idea of a metromover extension.

Anonymous
1 year ago

While they’re at it, they should just finish off the omni loop and bring down the midtown loop so it starts at the Wilkie D. Ferguson station so you don’t have to ride the omniloop the whole way to go north. A true pipe dream though

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yes please!! Do this ASAP. Literally everyone wants it. EVERYONE!