China’s BYD Wants To Build A Monorail Linking Miami To The Beach

China’s BYD is partnering with Genting on a bid to build the Baylink monorail train system between mainland Miami and Miami Beach, according to the Herald.

BYD has been aggressively pushing its new SkyRail monorail mass transit system technology to cities worldwide. It it said to cost around $48 million per mile to build (a fifth of the cost to build an underground subway) and can be built 75% faster than a traditional train system.

Skyrail is designed for speeds up to 50 miles per hour. It is fully automated and driverless, and is comparable in many ways to Miami’s existing Metromover system.

A system in Yinchuan, China was built in under 24 months, and others are now underway including in Salvador, Brazil.

BYD is the most valuable investment for Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway outside the U.S., according to a Bloomberg article in September 2018. Berkshire owns a 25% stake in the company, known for electric cars but now expanding to other fields.

Aqualand Development Ltd. is a third partner in the train proposal, and is controlled by top leaders of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s 2016 re-election campaign.

Genting is expected to offer its Resorts World Miami property as a station location, sources told the Herald.

Gimenez has 90 days to review the proposal and make a recommendation to the county commission. The county can then invite competing bids or reject the proposal.

 

 

 

 

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Anonymous

Hmmmmm….if it’s not adding more buses and larger highways I’ll study it for a few years and then decline, for the people of course.

-Mayor Gimenez

Anonymous

It doesn’t make sense to have three different local train systems. We just need to triple car the metromover.

Anonymous

You mean 4. You are forgetting the Maglev proposal for 27th Avenue.

Anonymous

Triple car it and extend it to the beach and everywhere else in Miami city and Miami Beach.

Anonymous

metromover is too low capacity. no more metromover.

Anonymous

So you are saying that this should replace the metromover even inside Miami?

Anonymous

You absolutely have a point….

Anonymous

“metromover is too low capacity”

So you’re saying right now the Metromover gets packed? If that’s the case, then don’t you think it’s time to start charging people to ride on it again?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Can’t they just add a car or two to the metro mover? Yeah, it’s a little small, but the infrastructure is already there.

Anonymous

Also too slow.

Anonymous

I guess you run everywhere you’re at because walking is too slow for you.

Anonymous

I would wait to see if Jacksonville’s system is successful before doing anything. Jacksonville’s metromover system will have off ramps for street level autonomous vehicles that will allow it to extend its route very easily.

Anonymous

I agree with you 100%! What is this crap of $48 million per mile?? Just expand the Metromover, all you have to do is build the elevated tracks. Why is this so difficult?? This should have been done 20 years ago. Just make it happen!

Anonymous

Exactly. It’s 2019 and we should already have a top notch public transportation system. It looks like we are stuck in 1980

Anonymous

Well, one person on this board thinks that the Metromover is too “low capacity.”

Anonymous

Maybe that person is “too low capacity”

Anonymous

Not as low as the person who thinks it should be expanded to Wynwood and Edgewater, despite the fact there’s already rail which exists.

Anonymous

“already rail which exists?”

Um, Brightline/Virgin train is a private company and doesn’t quite cut the mustard the way public mass transit should be.

Metro-rail/Metro-mover is tax payer owned and it’s up to city leaders to make sure it’s expanded the way it should be.

Anonymous

Low speed, too.

Anonymous

Are you saying that if the Metro-mover is traveling 40-45mph across the MacArthur Causeway over to Miami Beach it would still be too slow for you?

JContreras

Can those things even run that speed? Heck would be cool and a straight ride, no stops in between!

Anonymous

Yes, they can be bumped up to run 40-45mph, but it wouldn’t bother me if it’s traveling 30-35mph.

Anonymous

As if Metromover wouldn’t cost so much per mile as well?

Anonymous

Do you have knowledge that it would cost just as much?.. please let us in on it if you know.

Anonymous

Metromover is ghetto. The only reason people are so insistent it should be used as opposed to faster monorail or higher capacity Metrorail is because its free.

Anonymous

“Metromover is ghetto”. Talk about pot calling the kettle black.

Anonymous

I am from Detroit and I can assure you the Metromover is not ghetto. I live in Brickell and take it all the time to see friends at Melody Tower. I would most definitely take it to go to the beach and to Midtown. It has a small town feel and it is free, what more could you ask for? Your nose is so high up, if it rains you might drown dude, take a chill pill.

Anonymous

Hows the Melody Tower by the way ?

Anonymous

“Your nose is so high up, if it rains you might drown dude”

Ha!.. can I have your permission to use that one day?

Anonymous

Um, believe me, the Metro-mover isn’t free, some kind of tax pays for it. One of the biggest reasons why people are so pro Metro-mover is because it exist already and all they have to do is add to it which could’ve and should’ve been done a long time ago.

And the word “ghetto” is such a dumb and overused expression.

POLO

It’s better than nothing.

Anonymous

Which is what we’re witnessing right now, “talk talk talk and nothing being done.”

Anonymous

I am confused. So there will be the metromover inside Miami and then this one from Miami to the beach? Why two different systems? Is this going to replace the metromover also? Not trying to be sarcastic but I just don’t quite understand what they are trying to do here…

Anonymous

Um, you’re talking about the same city that kicked ULTRA out of it’s downtown location and are now trying to bring it back.

Anonymous

So let me get this straight! Say I come in from Ft. Lauderdale on Brightline I would then have to board metro mover to this new station then wait on Skyrail to get to Miami Beach? Virgin Miami central should be the hub for all things transit. It should only be a stop at the resorts property but the station should be at VMC!

Anonymous

This would be ok if they build a station on the abandoned east west metrorail platform at government center. But let’s be real here, this is never going to get built.

Anonymous

will they ever build anything on that abandoned platform?

Anonymous

Maybe.. but first they’ll have to spend two million dollars on a study.

Anonymous

And then they’ll find a way to convert it to parking.

Anonymous

Not a fan..seems like a shady deal going on

Anonymous

What deal in Miami isn’t shady?

Anonymous

If it’s not shady, then you ain’t doing business in Miami.

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This is just too much. 4 different rail services for the Miami area? Just expand the metrorail or people mover. This is getting ridiculous.

Anonymous

vaChina

Anonymous

ROFL!

Anonymous

no thanks

Anonymous

Ok so at this point how many different types of trains are there? 4 an this would make 5? I’m all for it if it works but damn Miami just backwards! I’m ok with this type of rail, it’s more affordable and talks less time to build.

Anonymous

Shesshh!.. with writing like this you call Miami “backwards?”

Anonymous

If we’re going with another incompatible system, at least (1) make an easy transfer to Metromover (2) take it up Biscayne to Midtown.

Anonymous

So… if I’m taking Tri-Rail to Miami Central, I will have to transfer and take Metromover back the way I came to go to Midtown? No thanks.

Anonymous

Lyle Lanley …. is that you ??

Anonymous

To shore power or not shore power, that is the question!!

Anonymous

To shore power for shore.

marc

Awwwwww, Genting is so nice. How generous of them.

Anonymous

We need more American made not China trashy made steel

Anonymous

It may be Chinese designed but will most likely be built in Medley where the new Metrorail cars are being built.

Prometheus

Thank You for commenting Mr. Trump.

Anonymous

… Putin told me to say that.

– the Donald

Anonymous

I’m for American made , but I’ll take not made in mainland china.

Anonymous

in the first video it shows “facial recognition turnstiles”…….. that’s horrifying.

Anonymous

Thats communism…. Disney has the same agenda

Anonymous

Seems like the 50 cent army is here.

Anonymous

It’s not that we, the people, like it or not, it’s just that we are cynical about something happening.

Anonymous

All we need is flying buses!

John

It looks fantastic build it. My only question is where will it stop on the beach ? By Lincoln mall ?

Anonymous

It has rubber tires like a bus, can go 80 mph if it needs to and can carry 600 tourists

John Patagonia

I don’t see a reason not to support this idea but in reality there’s two big questions. one being the path of the tracks over the bay (would they snake it between the Venetian Islands and Hibiscus Island? If so it would certainly face some resistance) and two where on Miami beach would the station be?

Anonymous

Love it. Hope it gets built. Reminds me of this idea that has been circulating since 2007: http://bit.ly/rrcFP6

Anonymous

“Offer Resorts world Miami property?” I hope this means part of the property along with what every they decide to build! Not giving the whole sight up for another station!

Anonymous

just double deck 395 to the beach