The county mayor announced a plan to expand the Metromover automated train structure. In this way, it will be possible to travel to Miami Beach without traffic and without the need to transfer
An extension of the county's existing Metromover system to Miami Beach will provide the best experience for riders. (Humberto Moreno/CC BY 2.0)
For years, the citizens of Miami Dade County have called for an extension of the county's train system connecting the mainland with the island from Miami Beach. This solution has always remained in broken promises and failed plans. Today, Miami Dade County announced plans to pursue a single-seat travel solution for the Miami Beach transit corridor or Baylink.
The plan comes as an alternative to a previous one to build a monorail. In October 2020, the Miami Dade County Board of Commissioners approved an interim agreement with MBM Partners, LLC (MBM) granting signing the right to negotiate a 30-year comprehensive project agreement to develop and maintain a monorail system connecting Miami with Miami Beach.
Due to significant increases in proposed costs over the course of the negotiation period, the interim phase ended without an agreement, allowing the County to seek a more cost-effective and convenient alternative. Unlike a new monorail system, which would require passengers to switch from one transportation to another, the plan proposed by the mayor would be an extension of the existing system, Metromover.
The one seat option (no transit transfer) is preferred by the community, and will make Miami Dade Transit more efficient and accessible. “My administration is committed to providing our residents with innovative transit solutions that better connect residents to jobs and opportunities, while providing maximum value to taxpayers,” said Mayor Daniella Levine Cava
Miami Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava reported the plan in a video posted on her Twitter account. (@MayorDaniella)
An analysis conducted by the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW, for its acronym in English) indicated that an extension of the existing Metromover system from the county to Miami Beach will provide the best experience for passengers and create the highest overall value. The Metromover system extension will offer riders a one-seat ride from any Metromover station to Miami Beach and back, connecting Baylink to Metrorail and eliminating the need for riders to transfer while maintaining comparable travel times.< /p>
“When the monorail was first proposed, the previous administration presented it as a solution that could save hundreds of millions of dollars compared to Metromover. However, in recent negotiations, the price tag shot up to $1.3 billion,” said District 5 Commissioner Eileen Higgins.
Miami Dade County will launch a competitive bid for the Metromover extension in the coming weeks, utilizing much of the pre-development work completed under the original interim agreement. DTPW staff will work to publicize, evaluate and negotiate the new solution by October 2023, facilitating an accelerateddelivery with project design beginning in 2024, the construction starting in 2025 and operations planned for 2029.