With Or Without Baylink, Miami Beach Moving Forward On Streetcar

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!

All the best,

Philip Levine

Mayor of Miami Beach

 

Previously: Mayor Of Miami Beach Getting Ready To Unveil Plans For Streetcar

HSBC Bank Spinoff Hopes To Lead Financing Of Miami Beach Streetcar

 

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Anonymous
5 years ago

Your move, Miami.

Marc305
5 years ago

Yes, and please find a way to connect it to the Metromover.

Anonymous
5 years ago

About damn time.

Anonymous
5 years ago

In regards to Baylink we live at Marina Blue and a short while ago received a required notification letter sent to all affected property owners abutting the proposed Baylink route down Biscayne Blvd then across McArthur Causeway, that a public hearing on the matter was set and anyone could attend. Never attended but it is being actively discussed.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Someone PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE continue this across the Macarthur Causeway connecting to Miami World Center and All Aboard Florida/Government Center Metrorail NOW. The Alton Road phase is excessive and an unnecessary use of taxpayer money.

marc
5 years ago

That’s the plan, Government Center to Miami Beach Convention Center. It’s a shame we’re never getting Metro Rail nonstop from MIA to MBCC though.

Toby
5 years ago

It is an utter embarrassment that going into the third decade of the 21st century, there is still not even a hope for a plan for true mass transit connection between Miami Beach, one of the most important tourist spots in the Americas, and Downtown Miami, Brickell, Midtown, an emerging major urban living/working environment.

Jesus
5 years ago

This is very exciting news for Miami Beach’s potential to attract more tourists and ease the damn traffic that’s annoying there. I’d drive through Collins Avenue and it’s like Mission Impossible.

Yet Another Anonymous
5 years ago

Mission Impossible 2: find a parking space.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I applaud Miami Beach for moving forward and wanting this to already be a reality by throwing the first stone. How can anyone opposed this ? easing the congestion in traffic to an ever growing population of residents and tourists should be at least top 3.

John P
5 years ago

In my opinion, the city should close off Collins Ave to vehicles south of the Julia Tuttle Causeway and make it only accessible for pedestrians and streetcars and redirect vehicular traffic to Washington Ave. The streetcar would best run from South Point to the Convention Center via Collins Ave for the most part and run independent from traffic and have green-light priority along the route. It would also be a block closer to the beach and more “in the middle” of everything.

Anonymous
5 years ago

No Rice A Roni commerical ? with the Miami Beach treat ? :*(

Anonymous
5 years ago

So dedicated lanes no? Also it says Julia tuttle but I dont see that on the diagram?

marc
5 years ago

It better have dedicated lanes or else what’s the point.

suomynona
5 years ago

I didn’t look through the attached file, but are they going to build the Washington line first and then hopefully build the Alton line later on? Or are they planning to build both?

Because I really felt the initial proposal was incomplete without an Alton component (I also thought a “SoFi” spur would be good, too).

Anonymous
5 years ago

Until connected to the mainland, how does this improve upon the South Beach Local bus system that already runs the same routes ?