SMART Plan: Miami-Dade Chooses Buses With ‘Iconic’ Stations For The East-West Line Instead Of Rail

It has been decided by Miami-Dade County: the east-west corridor of the SMART Plan will be operated by rapid transit bus, and not rail.

The Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization board voted to use bus on the corridor at a meeting on October 22, according to the Herald. The vote allows the project to move forward.

The TPO board is comprised of county commissioners, who will later need to approve funding for the project.

Heavy rail was also considered for the route.

The $265 million would build a single dedicated bus lane along Southwest Eighth Street, later connecting to existing bus lanes on the 836. The single lane would be reversible, and buses that are going against traffic will simply use regular lanes.

An under-construction Tamiami park-and-ride at Eighth Street and Southwest 147th Avenue is the proposed start point, with one route ending at the Miami Intermodal Center next to MIA, and another route ending in downtown Miami (using bus lanes that opened earlier this year but have since been abandoned due to covid).

There would be stations along the 836, with bus and trolley connections.

Miami-Dade transportation director Alice Bravo told the board that the bus service will have “iconic” stations with amenities similar to a train station. She said the goal is that the bus is never stuck in traffic, with bus costing less than a third of heavy rail.

The second phase of the east-west corridor is to run from the Dolphin park-and-ride complex in Doral to the Miami Intermodal Center, at a cost of $153 million.

 

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Anonymous
3 months ago

Shouldve done rail decades ago…zero vision and mismanagement galore in the banana republic

Anonymous
3 months ago

If you’re staying with buses there is 0 need to spend any money on this corridor. This whole plan is a waste. Do it right

Anonymous
3 months ago

One reversible lane ?!😳 let’s see some plan drawings of how those intersections will work

Anonymous
3 months ago

What tourist want to take a bus?!?!? This is so backward. You want tourist revenues, then create a top-notch transportation system not this nonsense.

Anonymous
3 months ago

I agree with the tourist/bus idea…but why would a tourist want to go to west dade?

Anonymous
3 months ago

Um.. you have a point there.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Damn, I get two thumbs down for agreeing with a post that got three thums up.

There are some weird people this site.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Doral, Dolphin Mall, you’ll be surprised

Anonymous
3 months ago

Really…fly in from London…gotta go to Dolphin Mall!

Anonymous
3 months ago

I’m still trying to figure out why a tourist would want to come to Miami in the first place. (other than the beaches/clubs) The ones who come for that don’t go to Seaquarium, Metro Zoo, Monkey Jungle, Jungle Island, Bayside…what else have we got? No major tourist attraction of any kind. No theme parks. No casinos. No iconic structure (Eiffel Tower/Taj Mahal). No world class museum (Louvre/d’Orsay/Prado/Metropolitan/MOMA/Hermitage). This is why I can’t understand why so many of you gripe about SkyRise or cry for the beetles and bats by Zoo Miami. 20th Century Fox picked up their bags and ran off….

Anonymous
3 months ago

Why would tourists go to Europe? Just a bunch of churches with dead people, and paintings of said dead people.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Oh boy……that’s all you deserve. No more.

Anonymous
3 months ago

You must be young. Unmarried. Still living at home. Dead-end job. Don’t travel much. Use a bike. Think Wynnwood’s graffiti is better than a Van Gogh. Vape. Own a skateboard but not a car. I could really go on and on, but aren’t worth it.

Anonymous
3 months ago

You obviously don’t go out much , tourist are at bayside and the zoo, also Dadeland the falls and dolphin mall!!!

Anonymous
3 months ago

I stopped going to Dadeland when the riff raff started showing up wearing flip flops and wife beaters.

Anonymous
3 months ago

There are multiple casinos down here and you either fly into Miami or FTL

Anonymous
3 months ago

youre spot on……..

Paul
3 months ago

People come to Miami for the nightlife mostly. And they take Uber because there’s no traffic at 3am.

However, I think a Metrorail line from the airport to Miami Beach would help give tourists a better first impression as they make their way to their hotels.

I’ve taken the Metrorail from the airport to my parents’ house and it’s such a shitty experience. First of all, it’s like a 30 minute walk just to get from the terminal to the Metrorail station and there’s almost no signage telling you where to go. Then when you get to the station you have to figure out Miami’s fare system and wait up to 30 minute for your train to depart.

Compare that experience to Hong Kong. The station is inside the Arrivals Terminal, the fares all go on your Octopus card, which is like a digital bank card, and it has like a 2 minute headway.

Anonymous
3 months ago

I am a tourist from Europe and come there often. Lots of my friends do too. Why are you underestimating your own city? It’s a growing city and it’s getting more beautiful every year, I’ve been coming there for 15 years and will keep on coming. Can’t wait for the new projects to be built, the SkyRise etc. all great. I only wish for a subways system like NY or the metromover to take you everywhere. It’s not too easy to get around but I normally bike everywhere

Anonymous
3 months ago

I agree with a lot of what you say here, but as a person who has traveled a lot, I have come to learn how to appreciate each country, city, town for what it is, so I do not usually compare, and believe me, it has been awesome.

Anonymous
3 months ago

If you have to call it “smart” you know already it isn’t that smart…

Anonymous
3 months ago

Like Trump calls himself?

Anonymous
3 months ago

Exactly!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Expand the Metromover to everywhere 24 hours a day and make it the ONLY transportation system! Buses are additional transportation but they are not the form of transportation of the future.

Anonymous
3 months ago

The scale of size of US cities does not support ANY form of mass transit.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Miami is much more dense than Atlanta or Houston yet they have much better transit systems than us

Anonymous
3 months ago

SHORE POWER!

Paul
3 months ago

A third of the price for a tenth of the benefit of rail.

Anonymous
3 months ago

What a mess!!!!!
Another transit system

Anonymous
3 months ago

They will never learn. People are running away from busses. I predict this will fail, and it will be another boondoggle and wasted money, they claim they don’t have.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Residents should sue …hold officials accountable….tax dollars collected for rail expansion vaporized without cause and no one held responsible ….

Anonymous
3 months ago

I guess in Miami Smart means obsolete

Anonymous
3 months ago

this should have been rail

Anonymous
3 months ago

One reversible lane? What if there’s traffic in both directions? If you’re going with dedicated lanes, why not have one on 8th st and another on 7th st going in opposite directions?

Jesus
3 months ago

Well we’re on track on becoming Los Angeles. Full of traffic and barely any options for getting from point A to point B.

Anonymous
3 months ago

We should be more NYC instead of LA

Anonymous
3 months ago

But the sad part is even L.A. got the memo as is massively expanding there subway where as here, well you see whats happening here

Anonymous
3 months ago

The huge busses are gonna run down the Dolphin X-Way in the narrow left emergency lane (to be blocked every few hundred yards by broken down cars and cops writing tickets). If that’s Smart transit I’d hate to see Moronic transit.

Anonymous
3 months ago

How sad! This was Miami ‘s opportunity to catch up and join all first class world cities with a real metro/subway system. The provincial bus mentality is not what the voters had in mind when they approved the half penny tax in 2002. Miami deserves better!

Anonymous
3 months ago

They lied in 2002.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Definitely did. Way to get revenue to use for other means.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Why is this not surprising. Miami-Dade politicians… “latino americanizando” Miami since the 1970s…. You’d think that for a global well known city like Miami there would be an extensive heavy rail network considering the never ending and overwhelming traffic that plagues all of South Florida, but no. What we see is an extensive network of politicians filling their pockets. There’s no way they don’t know someone or have friends that can really grease these bus contracts. 1+1=2.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Miami voters, you get what you vote for!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Si.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Are you f**king kidding me with this bs

Anonymous
3 months ago

Miami moving backwards and not forwards.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Each transfer/mode shift people have to make hurts transit ridership. Creating 2 incompatible systems (rail and BRT) which requires transfers is foolish. Rail is the gold standard, has proven ridership and development benefits and pays dividends over time.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Couldn’t we at least have gotten the CSX rail option, it had the chance to have actual “Iconic” stations with TOD around it while being far more appealing to riders

http://www.miamidadetpo.org/library/studies/csx-east-west-corridor-transit-oriented-development-study-final-report-2016-11.pdf

Anonymous
3 months ago

I was thinking the same thing.

Anonymous
3 months ago

That is the most feasible and practical way to go East to West. Tracks are there and it us used only to move rocks, dirt, and freight instead of people if you want to get people to those areas easily, quickly, and safely.

Anonymous
3 months ago

same crap we have now…pure garbage

Anonymous
3 months ago

“Iconic” and “Smart”?!! You got to be kidding! … GARBAGE THIRD CLASS VISION & PLANNING!!

Anonymous
3 months ago

First, a Monorail going to and from Miami Beach.. and now, this.

Yawnnnnn…. I’m going back to sleep….

Anonymous
3 months ago

So many wasted years, so much wasted money. Alice Bravo is worthless. And stop using the word “iconic” as if it’s some kind of magical incantation. Transit works if properly planned which it will never be with these idiots for leaders. Shut down the whole system and give people Uber vouchers.

Anonymous
3 months ago

I can’t imagine how this will work once you take a heavily traveled traffic lane away from commuters for a dedicated bus lane.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Please.. you’re still gonna see MiamiDade drivers using those bus lanes.

Anonymous
3 months ago

There is a right way and a wrong way to do BRT. This is the wrong way

Anonymous
3 months ago

Their money is focused on new brightline stops

Anonymous
3 months ago

That wasn’t very smart!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Miami not winning.

Anonymous
3 months ago

These must be the same people that have the train that comes from West Palm Beach end in the ghetto rather than downtown. Sad.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Brightline ends in the ghetto?

Anonymous
3 months ago

Extend the train to government center, easier transfer to airport metrorail, and use csx tracks and continue them along existing tracks and make enclosed stations , not cement benches and roof and not exposed view of passengers waiting 24 hrs of the day. Continue metrorail ALL night. If you have a 600/630700-730/745 flight, the first train can not get you to MIA on time so we have to use UBER. Coming back on a red eye flight or arriving after 100, you cant use it. It doesnt run..
More security needed and they need security to make them feel safe and want to man the stations,and be visible for passengers, tourists and all stations fully enclosed, walled, lit ,easy to transfer , not walking on the street in the dark.or even daytime and quick to use

Anonymous
3 months ago

Yes, you get off the brightline, have to leave that station , be outside, walk down the street, and enter another terminal. Should be all enclosed and not exposed like brickell station getting off metrorail, going to elevator to get up to platform to get people mover. Unsafe, you get wet when it rains, and exterior people are visible and can come to talk to you or call on you as you walk out of the turnstiles. Should be totally walled, lit, and not visible.