• Tri-Rail Ridership is up 15% for the first six months of 2007. Making it the third fastest growing transit system in the Nation.
  • MPO suggests running a commuter train from Dadeland North to Metrozoo along the unused CSX tracks (finally!) The plan also calls for two express bus lines to travel down Kendall to 167th avenue and the other along 137th avenue from Kendall to FIU.
  • The FDOT is working hard to salvage the Port of Miami Tunnel plan after the city of Miami commissioners sabotaged it recently by not contributing their measly $50 Million share.
  • A new 45 story tower could soon be rising in the CBD…

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  1. Ryan says:

    Fixed-rail as 19th century technology? Com’n, man, you’re going to have to do better than that.

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  2. Neil says:

    Wouldn’t the extension of transit all the way to Metrozoo induce more sprawwl? Shouldn’t this stop someplace farther east of the Turnpike?

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  3. Ryan says:

    That’s a good question, Neil. The CSX corridor down to Metrozoo is already pretty built out, so the idea is that people living here use it as commuter rail into the city. As for inducing further growth, it will probably happen, but having the rail option should mean denser, more transit-oriented growth. Of course, it’s critical that the zoning laws allow this type of denser growth along the corridor. Lastly, if you have a chance to check out a map showing where projected increases in populations will be in Miami-Dade, most of it appears destined for South Dade. Providing a commuter rail line like this could serve as preemptive measure to encourage transit-oriented developement instead of classic South Florida sprawl.

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  4. jerry says:

    I’ve been following this story from a distance (I live in Philly), and I have to say it’s very confusing. I tend to agree with Ryan, though, and I’m surprised to see that so many environmentalists, along with the writers at eyeonmiami, have come out against the CSX plan. Shouldn’t their position simply be that we should use the tracks *and* keep the UDB where it is? I’d think that bringing mass transit to a major attraction like Metrozoo would be just the sort of thing they’d want.

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  5. Neil says:

    “…Shouldn’t their position simply be that we should use the tracks *and* keep the UDB where it is?…”

    Jerry, the problem is that the easier it is to commute from the fringes, the more pressure there will be to move the UBD. To me, that fight is critical and nobody would bother to bribe a commissioner to move the line if nobody wanted to buy a house out there. There is a part of me that wouldn’t mind seeing gridlock in far west Kendall.

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  6. Neil says:

    Ryan, since the CSX corridor is already built out, then I think the development it induces will be somplace that isn’t built out, i.e. west of the UBD.

    I’m not opposed to the CSX project, but I’m sure many of the residents in the area are. It would be hard enough to convince them to allow Diesel trains to run through their neighborhoods, but to get them to allow more density too…??? If I were to fight for transit projects, I would focus my resources on projects that improve transportation in the center of the city.

    Look at all the hi-rise condos going up along the Biscayne Blvd corridor. If those people oppose density, then the don’t seem to have as much clout and the Kendall area home owners. Is that CSX line being used for freight much more than the south Dade line is? I remember reading somplace that the stumbling block there was that it will be expensive to convert the line to dual use.

    BTW, I downloaded the PDF of the MPO plan and I saw they drew the East-West transit line someplace south of the 836 expressway. It looks like NW 7th street. Does that mean that it wont end up sandwiched between the 836 and the airport, where it would be almost useless? I thought that battle was already lost due to protests from the NIMBY’s along 7th street.

    Would you consider the 7th street line and the Biscayne CSX conversion to be your two hightest priority public transit battles?

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  7. Anonymous says:

    UK government just approved a 16blnĀ£ Cross Rail project…Good for everyone and good for all the people left out of jobs after the Olympics building…US government should push a co financed major transit project with the city of Miami..All the constuction workers will hence get jobs after the condos and offices towers are built up…

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