The Metromover overhaul promised to voters in the 2002 PTP is finally scheduled for completion in March 2008. Some of the vehicles, in operation since 1986, are slated to be replaced by modern Bombardier vehicles, similar to the one pictured above. The remaining vehicles will be (have been) undergoing repairs in the downtown Metromover facility. To get a visual on the changes happening, check out this post by Lil’ Pony from back in March…

Apparently the problems with the escalators we covered back in April are nothing new. I noted then that it had been about 8 months since I witnessed the Brickell Metromover escalator in action, well it turns out some escalators have been out of service since 2005!

Rusted escalators at four Metromover stations were shut down in September 2005: Tenth Street, Brickell, Eleventh Street and Park West.

Just like the weathering of the Metromover system, apparently the escalators have been dealing with a particular rust problem:

The rust problem cropped up because the escalators were not properly designed for outdoor use, said Richard Snedden, assistant director for rail services at Miami-Dade Transit.

It’s impossible to believe that back in the 80’s and 90’s nobody had the common sense to install weather resistant escalators and if those weren’t available at least design a better protected station…

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10 Responses to Metromover Upgrades

  1. Anonymous says:

    Maybe they should be charging $.50 to ride and that would give them some extra funds to fix problems promptly.
    Glad to hear about the upgrades.

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  2. Gabriel J. Lopez-Bernal says:

    Doubt it…Security costs would outweigh the fare collected…

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  3. Andy says:

    I love the metromover in theory. It’s a great way to experience downtown, especially as it grows. But as a transportation tool it’s not very helpful. First of all, it doesn’t go very far north, not even 26th street where I live. And every time I take it I wish it went a little faster. It’s taken me over 20 minutes to get from the Herald to One Miami.

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  4. Verticus S. Erectus says:

    MetroMover was designed for downtown’s inner core. If it’s too slow for you, think of it as as tool to help you learn patience. Anyway, part of the uniqueness of taking the MetroMover lies more with the fun of it rather than its speed. I look forward to seeing the new designs rolling downtown. Those sleek new models will help define Miami as a city of the future more than anything else will at the moment.

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  5. Andy says:

    Yeah, the MetroMover is fun, the first couple of times you ride, then you want it to be efficient. Patience? That’s something they have in Iowa, not in a city where people are trying to get to work.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    I like the riding on the metro-mover there is always something exciting it’s an air conditioned refuge for the homeless and downtrodden. The view is spectacular and it can be fun. However, it should be able to go faster as it is a dedicated line. I hope the streetcar comes on line as it would cover a lot of that north bound area that is left out, as well as west to the civic center.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    i think that the metromover is the one thing that our county should be proud of transportation-wise. I ejoy riding it as an alternative to the bus when possible because it’s more scenic and you get to see so much development. My issues with it though are that the track and its supports are an eyesore in many areas and I wish it was more aesthetically pleasing. Also, an individual car can fit more than 8 measily seats, i don’t understand why there are so few. Lastly, the air conditioning has like a broken inverse effect where water forms on the roof of the car and drips everywhere

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  8. Anonymous says:

    I think the Metromover or a Streetcar should go up US-1 all the way to the 112 Expyway. If it’s a streetcar it should be part of the center median so it will look like some of the streets in Berlin do today where their strassenbahn runs down. People can just step outside their apartment and get on it and take it in to the downtown area to work.

    Why is it that I have to move to Europe or NYC to not HAVE to have a car to get to work?!

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  9. KidBass says:

    “Why is it that I have to move to Europe or NYC to not HAVE to have a car to get to work?!”

    That quote read my mind. Two things I believe were lacking in this city. Of course a much better public transportation system. A ton of green space. I’m over the huge buildings popping everywhere.

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