Streetcar Plan Could Be Revived With Public-Private Partnership

An ‘unspecified French company’ has been meeting with city of Miami officials about a possible public-private partnership to build a streetcar system that would connect Government Center to the Design District, commissioner Marc Sarnoff told the DBR.

Sarnoff told an audience last week that funding could come in part from a special taxing district. Details of the plan are due in late August, according to Omni CRA director Pieter Bockweg.

Plans for a $280 million system along the same route were shelved in 2009 due to a lack of funding.

 

(Photo: Miami Streetcar in 1940 State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory)

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global reach
6 years ago

Or if each City in Dade County that operates a free “trolley”, gets rid of their free ride and build the metrorail system to what it was suppose to be. Also Miami-Dade transit could get rid of free passes for the elderly and just charge them at a discount rate.

dbaz
6 years ago

I think its odd that as we go forward Miami will have, Streetcars, Baylink, Metromover, Metrorail, All Aboard Florida, TriRail Coastal link and that these projects are all independent and run separately.

v2000lee
6 years ago

I totally agree with dbaz. I’ve often wondered why do they seem to make everything more difficult than it has to be in Miami. One or two systems would be better. Having only once system would be PERFECT!

marc
6 years ago

This would be cool if it went on a dedicated lane where it wouldn’t be stuck on Biscayne Boulevard gridlock.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Agree with dbaz… Story of our city/county government .. Half ass remedies half ass RESULTS!

Anonymous
6 years ago

Not that I mind but most of these transit solution focus on the eastern part of the county. I know the density doesn’t make it feasible but the western part of the county needs some actual transportation planning not another highway

Leon
6 years ago

What year is it? Our crowded roads dont need this, we need a better metro mover system that heads east, west, and further north. They need to run later into the night, shoot, even buses.

Dave
6 years ago

They really wouldn’t be dumb enough to have an entirely different street car system for this line than the Baylink line would they? I’m afraid to ask…

marc
6 years ago

I’d venture to guess this is strictly a streetcar/trolley type thing like the Wave in Broward while Baylink is more of a 2-3 car light rail geared for more capacity .We know these iidiots want all manner of transportation in town so thatyou pay get on get off walk some pay transfer get on get off walk some pay transfer repeat.

Anonymous
6 years ago

I feel like Miami’s being a father who catches his kid drinking and makes him down the bottle to learn a lesson. You want public transportation, eh? Ok, have ALL THE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION!

Anonymous
6 years ago

the original city plan called for both bay link and the street car to share the tracks in downtown so i would think that this is what they would pursue. most cities use different modes of transpiration for there mass transit just look at Portland, Oregon where the city runs a street car and the tri county area runs a heavier rail and busses and also they have a sky lift that that operates from the hospital district down to one end of the street car line

Oscar
6 years ago

Most cities have multiple modes of transit. Even in NYC where it is predominantly heavy rail, you have different agencies running regional lines while MTA runs the subways in the city. Transfers can still be easy if executed properly – think Penn Station or Grand Central. From what I’ve heard, that is somewhat like what we’re aiming for joining the upcoming All Aboard FL station with Government Center and potentially running Baylink from that site as well.

Armando
6 years ago

While I am strongly in favor of expanding public transportation options, I think that spending hundreds of millions building a streetcar to the design district is a mistake.

The highest population density in the area, and the heart of Miami (in terms of residents and voters), is in the district to the West of Downtown and Brickell, in Little Havana. We should be working to integrate a streetcar into Little Havana, with its plentiful pedestrians comprised of working class workers that could really use enhanced public transportation. Moreover, with the planned expansion of Tri-Rail to the FEC corridor, a streetcar to the design district would be redundant.

The conversation needs to be shifted: to discuss building a streetcar down Flagler or 8th St. and then potentially South down 27th Ave. to City Hall. It’s time to start looking towards connecting residents West of I-95, and outside of the coastal enclaves.