Dear Transit Miami  -

I was scratching around some MIC and Miami Central Station documents and came upon a curious piece of information: FDOT is negotiating with MDX to assume the governance of Miami Central Station. I find it curious that MDX, a road-building entity, would be charged with governing Miami Central Station – shouldn’t those responsibilities fall to Miami-Dade Transit or, given the regional implications, to SFRTA? I can see MDX running the Car Rental Center, after all  it’s sole purpose is to feed tourists onto MDX’s adjacent highways, the 112 and 836 – undermining the metrorail link to the airport and any longer-term plans for a direct rapid transit link to Miami Beach, but Central Station? Give me a break!

What’s most curious about the arrangement between FDOT and MDX is the transfer of a an 8 acre property east of Central Station for “Joint Development.” I didn’t realize MDX was now looking to jump into Miami’s crowded development market. Doesn’t this parcel seem ripe for Transit-Oriented Development? Shouldn’t a Public Private Partnership be the first alternative? I think so. MDX will apparently develop the property to help “offset” the costs of operating Central Station (as if their toll revenue couldn’t be spared in the first place) and will include a possible mix of Hotel, Conference Center, Office, Retail, oh – and parking, of course. 

Let’s not forget too that MDX had developed concepts for a future SR 836/ SR 112 connector and had floated the idea of a “Central Corridor” Highway that would be built above Tri-Rail.

Best,

Another Concerned Citizen against MDX’s Overreaches  

 

7 Responses to Meet Miami’s Newest Developer: The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority

  1. I like the MIC.But the station is missing a lack of character. There are no restaurants, newsstands or shops. I understand that all the shops are located in the airport, but what about the people who are not flying.I think they should also put the shops in MIC there too. It would be nice to grab a donut and some coffee while I’m waiting on a train.

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  2. Gables says:

    Could someone come up with a worse idea? I agree with this post that that land is perfect for quality transit oriented development and a mini-pedestrian oasis accessible by bus and local, regional, and national rail. What’s more, what does MDX know about managing multi-modal transit stations? If anything, MDX’s past actions demonstrate that the agency is contrary to any form of transportation other than private automobile. Dismantling MDX would be one of the best things Miami could do for itself.

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  3. I just hope that the FDOT and MDX could come up with better solution because many people will be affected if there are some issues that could not resolved. A direct rapid transit link to Miami Beach sounds nice especially if they could be able to come up with good plans.

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  4. ivo says:

    that would be like GM running streetcar services. Oh, wait…

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  5. Juan Navarro says:

    I agree with Malcolm on the character of the station but also the character of all the stations. NOTHING IS IN THEM OR NEAR THEM. You could have restaurants and/or food trucks and small bazaars available and they would all be accessible via train or bus. It would increase ridership and help move money. I remember Government Center had a lot of shops at one it me, (early 90) and along side a few other thing, made it something to at least stop and gawk at. None of the station HAVE anything I want to go or even neighborhoods I like. It shows that there is no entrepreneurial spirit or vision involved in the transit system

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  6. AMV says:

    While I support this construction of MIC but its design has many flaws that need to be change for better accessibility as well as usability: for example,

    1. Elevator by bus stop near escalator- when the elevator opens in ground level, you are being greeted by concrete wall. What happen with visibly to see behind the wall? Make a hole as the doorway to see what is behind of that wall and to be able to walk through it to catch bus or train instead of walking left and right. It is hard to find that elevator because its concrete wall is blocking visibility.

    2. No escalators to go down to ground floor…is an insult to passengers/tourists with luggages because they are being forced to walk down the stairs to get to ground floor. Even though there is a elevator nearby but still there should be escalators to go down out of respect for exhausted travelers. Stairs can be there as well as it is normal to have two escalators going up and down in opposite directions. Stairs can be use as anyone who wishes to use it as well as alternative choice after escalators broke down.

    3. Missing bike trail: there need to be a new Metro Path for bicycles and pedestrians from MIA station to Earlingston Metro Station. It can connect to bicycle locker station at Central Station in both way (MIA and CS).

    Please send e-mail to FDOT on mic.dot to ask them to fix these design flaws and hope that they do listen to us and oblige to do so.

    Thank you

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  7. Its worst than You thought says:

    Some nice suggestions here, however for those who ride it the MIC, its really worst than you ever thought. Here are just a few of the MAJOR DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION FAILURES OF THE MIC:
    1)When its raining there is NO way to get to the bus stops from the elevator without getting wet. Pic avail.
    2)When its raining the escalator that goes up to the Metro/airport is open to the air and so you are absolutely drenched in wind driven rain with no way to avoid the deluge except to run up the escalator into the worst of the wind driven rain and building run-offs. (poor open air design flaws-pic avail).
    3)The time tables for each bus were disabled. Because I was told that bus riders were getting up set at the number of delayed buses. They now all read some generic message “welcome to Miami.” (pics avail) Moreover, the bus times over the last year have been getting worst and yet the route managers are avoiding reporting missing buses and late arrivals. (this I have witnessed many times with many supervisors going on break to avoid documenting lates.)
    4)There is no way to get from the stairs to the bus stops without getting wet.
    5)There are several roof leaks, look for cones placed around the bus area.
    6)The benches at the very end of the bus station get wet because the roof was not designed to cover them properly and so people for these buses are unable to sit down while waiting for they (often late) buses, most notably the often late Route 42.
    7)Unlike the easy bus access from inside of MIA arrivals the shuttle has turned access to the Metro bus into a long 20 min time consuming ride from MIA to the 3rd floor, to the bridge to the shuttle, to the long shuttle ride, to the dangerous and wet walk to the Metro Bus area.
    These are just SOME of the serious design and construction failures that this structure suffers.

    The MIC is a fiasco for bus riders. Try it on a rainy day!

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