Revealed: Miami Beach Streetcar System Map

As the Miami Beach Streetcar moves closer to reality, new details about the project have been pouring in.

At a meeting yesterday (June 16), a committee ranked a team led by Alstom as the top bidder for the project. The full city commission is tentatively scheduled to vote on the rankings in July.

The system is being designed to be as convenient as possible, according to a presentation by the city:

  • There will be dedicated lanes in two directions separating the streetcar from traffic
  • The system will operate nearly around the clock, only closing between 2 and 5:30 AM
  • Streetcars will arrive every 6 to 7.5 minutes
  • No ugly overhead wires, and compatible with system connecting to mainland

 

preliminary system map:

what a stop could look like:

 

 

the teams (alstom has been ranked highest by a committee):

Connect Miami Beach (CMB) Team: OHL, Globalvia, COMSA

Greater Miami Tramlink Partners: Alstom Transportation, Inc., Alstrom Transport SA, Archer Western Contractors LLC, InfraRed Capital Partners Limited, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Serco Inc., Walsh Investors LLC

Miami Beach Mobility Partners (MBMP): Brookville, John Laing, AECOM

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CLEAN UP MIAMI BEACH
4 years ago

I just heard that City of Miami Beach staffers just voted to select the French firm who just received the Largest-Ever Criminal Foreign Bribery Fine by the US Department of Justice.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/alstom-sentenced-pay-772-million-criminal-fine-resolve-foreign-bribery-charges

Anonymous
4 years ago

What can you expect from Mayor Levine?

Concerned Miami Beach
4 years ago

Why is former Senator Dan Gelber involved with the streetcar selection process. Is that a conflict of interest? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhzxGs52Tck

aceraroja
4 years ago

Don’t close it at night, jesus that’s when people need drunk rides. And point a terminus at upper Collins, this thing should go all the way to at least North Beach if not Bal Harbour, eventually.

aceraroja
4 years ago

It’s really too bad there’s nobody serious about transit enough to put Metrorail into the Beach. It’s a lie that there can’t be underground stations, in fact they’d be easier to actually dig in the sandy soil — as opposed to NYC’s granite — and have the exact same water intrusion problems as NYC’s subways, which were wrecked after Sandy and have water running through them all the time. We have a port tunnel completely underneath a shallow bay, which fits giant trucks. Don’t tell me you can’t slip a subway train just below the street in a coastal ridge. Streetcars are cute for tourists and the elderly but they aren’t meant for really moving people around a metropolis at speed. Buses will still be picking up the slack this adorable but mostly useless thing leaves.

Oscar
4 years ago

Totally agree that the using water intrusion as a reason why underground rail is a nonstarter is false. In many parts of urban Miami, our water table allows us more than enough room to run rail using a cut-and-cover method under streets which is significantly cheaper than boring a tunnel like we did at the port. That being said, I don’t think that holds true for the beach which I believe is not a coastal ridge but a reinforced barrier island. Also, we’re having enough trouble funding any rail expansion whatsoever – light rail would be significantly cheaper and, so long as you keep a right of way and synchronize traffic signals, could be practically as good. Wish that Metrorail would at least run to the island with a transfer to the streetcar at 5th and Alton or something like that, though.

aceraroja
4 years ago

You’re right, it’s mostly reinforced barrier island but east of Jefferson or so it’s actually a few feet above sea level, and again — reinforcement would make it all moot. The world is full of very expensive infrastructure built on much more precarious sites. But yeah, it’s absolutely a money issue which is what I mean by the lack of seriousness. They’ll apportion money to knock down a perfectly functional overpass just to make it cuter (395) but not on a truly rapid system of transit like Metrorail would be. LA is doing it, and they are not richer. They just have different priorities.

Anonymous
4 years ago

It’s a money issue. It just isn’t there. It would be awesome but unfortunately completely unrealistic and just is not going to happen.

John P
4 years ago

It should go down to the South Pointe neighborhood before it turns around north in my opinion

Anonymous
4 years ago

I heard that the consultants thought people south of fifth wouldn’t want the trolley, so they elected to run it over 5th street.

Anonymous
4 years ago

We have a new big manufacturing plant in Medley that is building the new sleek looking metro rail trains that will be deployed soon. It is right on our own back yard and we can’t extend the metro rail at least with two more extensions ? To the West(FIU) and to the North(Dolphin stadium broward line) ? At least two extensions. Give me those two. Geez, That is like building your own Ferrari and keeping it inside a garage and never driving it. But hey, it will look pretty and stay pretty.

snoɯʎuou∀
4 years ago

That Lincoln Road Mall stop better be able to handle all the tourist – It will no doubt be the busiest station.

Edin
4 years ago

Spectacular, exactly what we need in MB.
Things are moving in good direction.

La Gorce
4 years ago

As a Miami Beach resident I attended the streetcar public deliberations yesterday and was disgusted by Mayor Philip Levine’s crony, “Miami Beach Resident” selection committee member and former Senator Dan Gelber, who was quoted saying “Buy America is not a Game Changer”. Is he for real? Apparently the French are bribing the two of them.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Alstom’s lobbyist is corrupt Miami Beach lobbyist Alex Heckler who is no stranger to slime…

http://www.browardbeat.com/lobbyist-alex-heckler-what-did-he-know-and-when-did-he-know-it/

aceraroja
4 years ago

Alstom trains run on the Bordeaux tramway too. It’s a gorgeous, smooth, efficient system at-grade with other modes. While I still think a tram/streetcar is not what Miami really needs, if we’re gonna get it anyhow we’re lucky for it to be this flawless system. That is if MB can actually maintain it as well as Metropolitan Bordeaux. Big if.

anonymous
4 years ago

the Bordeaux tram is also 10 times more expensive $$$$$$$$.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Of course it will close between 2am and 5:30am. What would become of Miami Beach police if they can’t put a few drunks in jail.

Corrupt Miami Beach
4 years ago

Does is surprise you. This French company Alstom just got busted for Bribing officials is Brazil.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-07/alstom-ge-accused-of-decade-old-bribes-by-ex-petrobras-official

Anonymous
4 years ago

This will be great for a short term solution but with long term costs.

suomynona
4 years ago

What is your long term solution then?

Anonymous
4 years ago

What happen to expanding the free bus trolley? What happen to all the community workshops and meetings to create a consensus for a bus (aka free trolley) that runs throughout the entire city of Miami Beach that runs an east to west shortcut in addition to the circular route. Bus trolley costs 10 times less than the streetcar and the bus trolley passengers ride for FREE

Anonymous
4 years ago

Every time a city official farts a new idea, $100M is spend without any regard for all the new roads we just built and will have to rip up for a streetcar. the streetcar will remove street parking, commercial loading zones, will make the sidewalks much more narrow.