South Beach Light Rail Attracting Interest From Around The World

There are a lot of companies interested in participating in the South Beach light rail project.

Over 150 people representing contractors, engineers, rail car manufacturers and financial institutions from around the world attended a recent pre-proposal meeting on building a light-rail system in South Beach.

City staff managing the project told attendees that Miami Beach is booming like never before. Highlights include:

  • Over 25% increase in daily population in the past decade
  • Record number of building permits
  • Record real estate prices and tax base
  • Record hotel market

…all leading to ever worse traffic in South Beach, where almost half of residents don’t use a car as their primary form of transportation.

Proposals to build the first phase are due on May 10.

 

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Dave
5 years ago

It simply cannot be a separate system than the mainland system. Why do we have to do everything as inefficiently as possible? What ever light rail is used on the beach needs to be the same as the one that crosses to the beach and needs to be the same as the any that run on the mainland. It would be like Miami-Dade to have someone fly to the airport and board one train system (airport rail to airport metrorail stop) to take them to a totally different train system (metrorail) to take them to a totally different train system (metromover) to take them to a totally different train system (Bay link light rail across the bay) to take them to a totally different train system (Miami Beach’s own light rail system for getting around the beach).

Anonymous
5 years ago

Would rather have some rain on the beach than none at all. Why not build the beach rail (if it’s really this close) and let the mainland system (whenever that gets built) be compatible with Beach system.

Yet Another Anonymous
5 years ago

When there’s more transfers than you can count on one hand, you have a problem.

AA
5 years ago

And he forgot the SkyTrain, the one to get from Doral to actual Miami within Terminal D

AA
5 years ago

The key would be to have a single East-West Line that connects the majority of the city:

– Western terminus at Dolphin/Intl Malls and FIU
– Use CSX tracks to connect other areas along 836 to Intermodal Station @ MIA
– From MIA, continue the line East along NW 7th for stops at Magic City, Marlins Park, MLS Stadium, and finally Miami Central in Downtown
– From Downtown, a station at the AAA, cross over existing rail bridge for 2-3 stations at Port Miami (Train along MacArthur stops nowhere while train on the port can serve thousands of workers and tourists)
– Tunnel to Terminal Isle, and then up Washington
– Eastern terminus at Convention Center

Anonymous
5 years ago

There also needs to be a north-south line to connect the Design District, Midtown, Wynwood, Edgewater, etc. This is becoming not just the second-densest neighborhood in the urban core, but also a major touristic draw.

Gables
5 years ago

No. For the Metromover should be extended up N. Miami Avenue if we want to avoid unnecessary transfers. We already have a system that people are using (10 million riders/year) so let’s add to that, rather than build yet another new transit system from scratch.

Anonymous
5 years ago

That would be great and all, but at this point, Miami has proven that Metro expansions are just talk and studies with no action ever. At least light rail is feasible. Bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

marc
5 years ago

In the bush is always good.

AA
5 years ago

Look up TriRail Coastal Link. Commuter rail along the FEC tracks from Downtown to Jupiter. Stops in Midtown, Downtown Hollywood, an actual station at FLL, Downtown Fort Laud, etc.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Look up how the Senate wouldn’t approve legislature that broached liability for accidents or something, which was necessary to have TriRail operate. Currently, TriRail Coastal is squashed, and there isn’t exactly much time to fix it. Another great opportunity squandered because Florida hates transit (like when it rejected federal funds). So it goes.

AA
5 years ago

I know I know, just sharing that the idea of N/S rail near the coast has already been studied. Too bad that, in typical Miami/FL fashion, it has been screwed up nearly beyond repair

John P
5 years ago

For the Miami Beach light rail line, in my opinion, the city should close Collins Ave south of the Convention Center for pedestrians and light rail ONLY (otherwise it’s a streetcar stuck in traffic). Divert car traffic onto Washington Ave by adding a third lane in each direction. Have the line run from South Pointe Dr up Collins to Lincoln Rd and then MAYBE merge it with traffic north to Bal Harbour if they decide to go that far.
-Univ of Florida Traffic Engineering student

Edin
5 years ago

Right on target John,best comment ever!!!!

Gables
5 years ago

The proposal states that the light rail will have it’s own right of way, not be stuck in traffic.

marc
5 years ago

As long as part of the proposal requirements is to connect to the mainland and not just local service.

Anonymous
5 years ago

150 people from across the globe in the field want in on this ? That’s great Miami Beach. Let’s get to it then.

Anonymous
5 years ago

While this light rail is nice for Miami Beach. I wish they can make a Metro Rail extension as well. Not only to the Beach but North, South and West as well. Hitachi Rail USA just recently opened a big new facility in Medley producing these cars. What good is a facility in our own back yard if we can’t extend the Metro rail with more lines ?
http://www.hitachi.com/New/cnews/month/2016/03/160317.pdf

Anonymous
5 years ago

I wish we can also extend the Metro rail with more lines now that we have a manufacturing facility in our own backyard.
http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/news/n-america/single-view/view/hitachi-rail-usa-opens-assembly-plant-in-miami.html

Anonymous
5 years ago

too many good ideas in this thread that will never see the light of day in miami, sadly

Edin
5 years ago

How do you know that?!

Laz
5 years ago

A lot of great ideas mentioned here! Hopefully decision makers are paying attention to this post?