All Aboard Florida engineers design OK
A multi-block proposed train station for downtown Miami is en route to county commission consideration.
That’s one of many stops All Aboard Florida must make to win OK for its Miami terminal, which is to include offices, residences and a hotel.
A committee comprised of City of Miami and county staffers gave plans a preliminary green light last week. In essence, they recommended the project to the county commission – but only after debate.
At issue: While Miami-Dade Transit wanted developers to commit to building a pedestrian overpass connecting the future rail station to the existing Metrorail Government Center station, All Aboard Florida wanted to work out the logistics and feasibility of an overpass down the road.
“We want the same goal.… But you are telling me ‘Now. You have to commit this way,’” All Aboard Florida’s Jose Gonzalez told the committee. “That’s where I think you guys are overreaching.”
Albert Hernandez of Miami-Dade Transit countered that such an overpass is feasible and would be needed early on once All Aboard Florida begins running trains.
In the end, the parties settled on a mandate calling for an “elevated pedestrian connection” built in the first phase of the station’s development as long as other agencies OK such an overpass.
Miami-Dade commissioners are to vote on the general station plan this month. Their purview is on the station’s overall look.
If they OK plans, the committee of city and county staffers is to administratively consider station details – connectivity to existing and future transit modes, lighting, landscaping and aesthetics.
County commissioners are to meet July 15, with a carry-over meeting July 17.