The Underline Is Now 80 Percent Funded After Getting Federal Financing Plus Matching Grant From Coral Gables

The federal government announced yesterday that it will provide a $22.3 million grant to build The Underline in Miami.

The Underline will run from Brickell to Dadeland under the Metrorail, becoming a linear park connecting communities along the route.

In total, 80 percent of the entire project’s $120 million cost is now funded. Financing is also coming from the city of Miami ($50 million), Coral Gables, Miami-Dade county, and private developers.

Brickell’s portion of the Underline will open first, according to the Herald. Construction of the first phase in Brickell will be completed next summer, and is on time and on budget.

A timeline for construction of the Coral Gables section isn’t yet known.

 

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Anonymous

They have taken forever !!!… Too slow for what it is !!!

Anonymous

I don’t know why it takes so long to build out an park under the metro rail. Just moving dirt and place some workout structures there.

Anonymous

Is that how it’s done in Guatemala?

Anonymous

Wow so Miami… know-it-all says that making a park under the Metrorail corridor is just moving “dirt” around… You obviously don’t know shit about design and construction… Not only does the corridor have contaminated soils that need to be taken care off (which affects drainage design, grading, planting,etc) and a huge number of underground utilities that make placing a single light pole a nightmare…There is also 1) a public process that takes months to get all stakeholders’ feedback,2) there’s tons of features (signage, paving, planting, custom furniture, lighting, and custom walls and custom fences , etc etc) that 3) need to be designed and approved by agencies, 4) there’s unforeseen conditions during the construction phase and 5) you cannot close the whole corridor or crossing streets because of maintenance to the rail lines… so before you say stupid shit online… INFORM YOURSELF.

Anonymous

Exactly. YOU don’t know.
If you tried to accomplish something like this, you would find out.

Anonymous

while i love this concept,30 years and counting and we still have a piss poor excuse for a coveted baywalk……..

Anonymous

We are getting there! Patience!

Anonymous

Hi Ken!

305

Only a city like Miami can have so much amazing waterfront and decide to start a glorified bike lane adjacent to a highway/underneath a rail line before finishing their waterfront promenade….

Anonymous

LOL, as much as I love the underline idea, you are so RIGHT!!!
OH miami!!!

Anonymous

Find the money to do this so-called Underline park, YESSS!!!

Find the money to extend the Metromover a little, NOOOOO!!!

Anonymous

Funny thing that the county mayor said it will take an while to get federal funny for an metrorail expansion but the feds just gave us $20 million for parks.

Anonymous

That’s because of poor management of Metrorail leading to terrible ridership figures, particularly on proposed extensions like the northern route. The parks will serve people on denser corridors and not depend on service levels. Also they’re cheaper to build.

Anonymous

That’s because you think that extending Metrorail to the Southwest areas is more valuable that extending it to the North to the county line. Something tells me that you just might have some preconceived notions about the north line that goes beyond terrible ridership figures.

Anonymous

Actually I think the priority line should be East-West to FIU

Anonymous

And of course the beach

Anonymous

Probably because it’s two different agencies responsible for parks and rapid transit

Anonymous

Go to the Underline website and read the story of how this project was accomplished.
There an active search for funding that has been going on for at least 4 years, under a tremendous leader.

While whiners whine, “give me this….give me that…” Meg put together a pitch deck, a team, a critical mass of advocates and is accomplishing something that TNM sidewalk and parking pedestal size Queens can never accomplish.

Girl power!

Anonymous

beta

Anonymous

$20 million would buy about 300 feet of Metrorail expansion, maybe 600 of Metromover.

Anonymous

They haven’t worked on the Brickell side for weeks. Dead zone

Anonymous

How many new miles of trail will this provide?

Anonymous

should be about 9 miles

Anonymous

New miles? The M-Path already exists under the metrorail tracks.

Anonymous

Congratulations Meg Daly! This woman is an unstoppable force. So happy and proud to have strong willed leaders put their time and money into their passion.

Anonymous

Yes, she should run for County Mayor.

Anonymous

What, pull on the heartstrings of these “park lovers” – who by the way, even once a year most of them won’t even step foot in one of these parks – and now that makes you some kind “SUPER HERO?

Strong willed leader my ass!.. get the Metromover extended and then come talk to me.

Anonymous

Meg Daly puts her money where her mouth is. And gets it done.

Shes a private citizen who crashed her bike on the M-Path, and rather whine on forums, she devised a plan from her recovery bed. Raised a little money, hired architects to draw preliminary plans. Set up a committee of like minded individuals, and didnt rest (probably still doesn’t)doesn’t until she secured donations and matching funds to get this going.
Park whiners, whine on forums. Leaders go out and do things whiners are capable of doing.

Brickellite

Brickell is soo much nicer with that homeless relocate project, I mean Underline…

Anonymous

Exactly..bedding for the homeless on our dime

Anonymous

Great News. Thank You Tallahassee!!

peej

If you actually read the post & Herald article, the funding is coming from everywhere EXCEPT Tallahassee.

Anonymous

TIL the federal government is based in Florida.

Anonymous

Parks for the homeless.
That money would be better spent extending the metromover downtown.

Anonymous

1-We need parks
2-The Metromover has been in downtown for the last three decades, if not longer. You are probably talking Midtown.

Anonymous

Knowing the comments section, I think he means downtown, as in Downtown Doral, and at the same speed with the same cars and no fares.