Mass Transit is Fast-Tracked on Miami Beach

Mass Transit is Fast-Tracked on Miami Beach

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Mass Transit is Fast-Tracked on Miami Beach

Negotiations Approved for a Wireless Light Rail/Modern Street Car

The City Commission has given a green light to proceed with negotiations for an interim agreement with Greater Miami Tramlink Partners, the topped-ranked proposer in a public private light rail / Mass Transit modern street car project for Miami Beach.

“Today’s decision has catapulted the reality of wireless mass transit on Miami Beach,” said City Manager Jimmy L. Morales. “This project aims to substantially ease traffic congestion, link key points of interest, connect people with jobs and opportunities, reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and save thousands of dollars in commuting and parking costs for residents and visitors.”

Electrically-powered Mass Transit , the Miami Beach Light Rail/ Modern Streetcar is proposed to be off-wire and operate on a dedicated travel lane — ensuring efficient service, permanence, and solidifying it as a community asset for many years to come.

The scope of the project, which will be determined by the environmental review process currently underway, will be refined in parallel with negotiations of the interim and comprehensive agreements. Preliminary recommendations include a two-phased route alignment to provide a full loop within South Beach, with potential alignments consisting of 5 Street and Washington Avenue to the Miami Beach Convention Center and either 17 Street or Dade Boulevard and Alton Road to 5 Street.

If for some reason the city cannot reach an agreement with Greater Miami Tramlink Partners, they have also been authorized to negotiate with second and third-ranked proposers, Connect Miami Beach and Miami Beach Mobility Partners.

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The Miami Beach City Commission has approved the start of negotiations for the development of a tram line with the Alstom-led Greater Miami Tramlink Partners consortium.

The consortium had submitted an unsolicited proposal for a tram line, which led to the city starting a competition for technical proposals. This attracted three responses.

The final route is still to be determined, but the city envisages that the catenary-free trams would run in a loop using dedicated lanes. The evaluation of the proposals did not consider the cost of  construction, which is expected to be around $387m.

Alstom has proposed the use of its APS ground-level power supply system.

If a financial agreement cannot be reached with Greater Miami Tramlink Partners, the city will negotiate with the second-ranked Connect Miami Beach consortium of OHL, Globalvia, COMSA, Community Asphalt, Atkins, CAF, SENER, Railworks and LK Comstock which proposed trams using supercapacitor energy storage, and third-ranked Miami Beach Mobility Partners which offered Brookville trams with batteries.

‘This project aims to substantially  ease traffic congestion, link key points of interest, connect people with jobs and opportunities, reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and save thousands of dollars in commuting and parking costs for residents and visitors’, said City Manager  Jimmy L Morales on July 13.

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