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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

metromover is too low capacity. no more metromover.

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

You absolutely have a point….

Anonymous
2 years ago

“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)_/¯
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

Also too slow.

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

Maybe that person is “too low capacity”

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

“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
2 years ago

Low speed, too.

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

Hows the Melody Tower by the way ?

Anonymous
2 years ago

“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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

It’s better than nothing.

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

will they ever build anything on that abandoned platform?

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

What deal in Miami isn’t shady?

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

vaChina

Anonymous
2 years ago

ROFL!

Anonymous
2 years ago

no thanks

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

Lyle Lanley …. is that you ??

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

To shore power for shore.

marc
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

We need more American made not China trashy made steel

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Prometheus
2 years ago

Thank You for commenting Mr. Trump.

Anonymous
2 years ago

… Putin told me to say that.

– the Donald

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thats communism…. Disney has the same agenda

Anonymous
2 years ago

Seems like the 50 cent army is here.

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

All we need is flying buses!

John
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

John Patagonia
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

“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
2 years ago

just double deck 395 to the beach