Miami Beach commissioners voted last week to move forward on the first steps of a plan to build a local streetcar, even though it might not initially include a link to the mainland.
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I believe we are living in the most exciting period of Miami Beach’s history. Our City is experiencing so many innovative changes that I am confidant will only serve to transform the lives of many generations of Miami Beach residents and visitors to come.
I am happy to report that after years of discussions, we have finally taken the beginning steps of making our dream of providing better public transportation closer to becoming a reality. Last week, the Miami Beach Commission and I authorized the City to move ahead expeditiously to develop a light rail/wireless streetcar system that will allow residents, visitors, and business owners to move around our City a lot more efficiently and reduce the amount of cars on our roads. Eventually, this project is expected to connect the City of Miami Beach to the City of Miami so commuting between the two will be safer, faster, and more convenient.
The initial phase of the project will consist of a 2-way connection on 5th Street and Washington Avenue, and is referred to as the “South Beach Component.” The second phase is expected to take place along Alton Road and 17th Street, complementing the cross-bay route to Downtown Miami. Future contemplated phases are expected to include a route along the Julia Tuttle Causeway connecting Miami Beach with Midtown Miami and eventually the airport.
Although the City is in the initial stage of completing all the environmental analysis required, a map of the project has been completed. See below.
The process going forward will not be easy and we will face many challenges along the way. From environmental studies, planning and engineering, to garnering community support and adequately funding this massive endeavor, our commitment to implementing effective public transportation solutions in our City is unwavering and we will get it done.
We will continue seeking the assistance and support
of the Florida Department of Transportation, Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami to ensure the needs of our City are addressed and the goals we have established are met. Thank you all for you support!