Comments on: Light rail is recipe for Miami-Beach link The Newspaper for the Future of Miami Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:42:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: DC Copeland Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:24:05 +0000 I’m dismayed to read in your 10/17 edition that “those in charge” believe light rail is the mass transit solution between Miami and Miami Beach. Miami-Dade Transit Director Ysela Llort wants “something that blends into the sidewalk.” “Something” like that is not the answer. In fact, it becomes part of the problem. Building at grade on a pre-existing traffic lane is a recipe for gridlock especially when the light rail car breaks down (or in Miami Beach, when it can’t power through the inevitable high tides which could derail it). As far as construction, each foot of roadway the “light” rail system will use will require tearing up and realigning infrastructure to accommodate the weight of the cars. That will mean years of construction headaches for commuters. That’s why major cities will go under or above ground to solve their mass transit problems, something that appears to be out of the question re our high water table. One solution that seems to always be ruled out from the get-go is the monorail. Years ago a study was done that showed a 9-mile double-track line running from downtown Miami to the Miami Beach Convention Center could be done for less than $500 million dollars within a 3-year period (including 6-months of track testing). One of its unique features was that it ran “at grade” along the south side of the MacArthur Causeway saving millions of dollars since it eliminated the typical pylons associated with monorails. The other feature: it ran north and south on beach sand– again saving time and money since busy Beach streets didn’t have to be torn up for light rail.

By: B Mon, 21 Oct 2013 19:40:20 +0000 Low passenger volumes are because there are currently only busses, not rail. Anybody knows busses carry less people than trains and trains will be more popular than busses… And for busses, ridership between Miami and Miami Beach is very high, despite the frequent traffic jams the busses get stuck in.

I agree the goal should be for all public transportation between the mainland and beaches to be rail.

I would not end the light rail at downtown though, with a few more miles of track, we have a great oopportunity to connect to the Marlins stadium, Little Havana, and downtown Coral Gables!

By: SEFTA Thu, 17 Oct 2013 22:05:12 +0000 Did they say 10 years behind? Try 30 years behind. How much money was spent for this conclusion that had been being talked about for a decade now? I’m assuming they are considering the MacArthur Causeway for the crossing tho no details seem to have been discussed. If so, it should go north on Alton to Dade Blvd crossing over to head north on Collins Avenue/Indian Creek Drive corridor.

Low passenger volumes!? Unbelievable. These are the people in charge? Unbelievable! If it were designed correctly, (I don’t have much confidence in that), it would be a game changer.

It sounds like they are hoping the buzz just goes away so they can address the problem in another 10 years. So lets all give them a big pat on the back and everybody say Job well done and see you in 10 years.

By: Marc Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:30:52 +0000 Relatively low passenger volumes? Just reading the wishy washy comments of these officials infuriates me. It’s 2013 this city is congested like all get out, the mass transit here is deplorable, and all they can say are things like “Let’s get it done.”. Well no ****.

By: Jim G Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:12:13 +0000 Dave Hein has some good points about stopping all of Metro buses from going across the MacArthur Causeway and focusing their resources on service dedicated in Miami Beach especially feeding patterns from Mid Beach and North Beach into the proposed light rail system in Miami Beach.

The light rail system should loop around from the proposed Gran Central Station incorporating Metrorail, expansion of Tri Rail along the FEC service, Metromover, and FEC’s All Aboard service with light rail stations along NW/NE 6 Street serving Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus at N Miami Avenue, American Airlines Arena/Bayside at Biscayne Boulevard, and Port of Miami.

By: Dave Hein Wed, 16 Oct 2013 22:26:55 +0000 I dont know why they think ridership would be light.
The buses C, S, M, 120, all cross the McArthur several times an hour.. And avoiding traffic during the holidays, and all those stupid marathons, they seem to have every month that totally stops the buses from going to or getting from the beach. They might need metro-rail..
Switch to more local shuttle buses on the beach, and have those big buses stay on the mainland.

And if it tied in with the Omni Terminal, Jungle Island, the Childrens Museum, the New Museum being built on the Miami side, and can you imagine if it actually went somewhere on the Beach, like South Beach, Lincoln Road, or the Convention Center??? Miami Beach is only 7 miles long, why don’t they run it up Washington and/or Collins all the way maybe stopping at Mt. Sinai too.

They say they want MASS TRANSIT, but it rarely goes anywhere people want to go..

I live on the Beach and I would love to see a fast, uninterrupted means of travel to Downtown without the traffic.

Why it took so long for metrorail to go to the airport is beyond comprehension, and the fact that it doesn’t run to the Beach is even more Mind Boggling.