Miami Beach Light Rail – “Keep The Link In Bay Link

Whereas, Miami Beach United (MBU) strongly supports public transportation and appreciates the City’s efforts to address critical mobility challenges;

Whereas, the City of Miami Beach is fast tracking a light rail/ modern street car to run on South Beach with the goal to connect to the City of Miami across the MacArthur Causeway;
 
Whereas, Miami-Dade County and City of Miami have not made definite commitments in terms of transit technology, timing and funding for the Beach Corridor Project including the MacArthur Causeway;

 

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Whereas, the proposed Miami Beach light rail project would have significant community quality of life impacts including: construction, mobility, on-street parking in areas with limited parking, physical space for maintenance/storage facility, etc;

Whereas, Phase 1 of the project requires an estimated $245 million in capital and $6.7 million in annual costs, excluding renewal/replacement costs, funded materially through City taxes given that federal funding will not be pursued;

Whereas, light rail is a divisive issue across the United States and a durable community consensus must be built to last longer than the terms of current elected officials; and

Whereas, on October 20, 2016 over one hundred individuals convened at MBU’s “Are We On the Right Track?” Forum and raised important questions and concerns; 

Whereas, the City’s successful North Beach Master Planning effort clearly demonstrated the importance and impact of transparency and community consensus building; now, therefore, be it 

Resolved, that Miami Beach United urges the City of Miami Beach:
 

1). to  “keep the link in BayLink” and not initiate any commitments, design/engineering contracts or construction for light rail on South Beach till such time that Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami have made comparable light rail commitments, contracts and construction for the Beach Corridor Project across the MacArthur Causeway;

2). to thoroughly engage residents of Miami Beach in a meaningful  public involvement process, with a special emphasis on the associations of neighborhoods directly impacted;

3). to focus current efforts less on design/engineering and more on mobility planning including options for enhanced interim transportation solutions (eg. Bus Rapid Transit), the citywide alignment of street raising and transit projects, and identification of potential resulting economic, environmental and social benefits;

4). to slow the overall process to allow the time required to build a durable community consensus and not damage the prospects for future public transportation solutions; and

5). to provide the residents of Miami Beach the opportunity to vote on a light rail proposal in a manner similar to the vote held for BayLink in 2004. 

APPROVED November 2, 2016
 
NANCY LIEBMAN, PRESIDENT
HERB SOSA, VICE PRESIDENT
SAUL GROSS, TREASURER 
CHRISTINE FLOREZ, SECRETARY  
HERB FRANK, DIRECTOR
JORGE GONZALEZ, DIRECTOR 
MICHAEL HAMMON, DIRECTOR 
STACY KILROY, DIRECTOR
ADAM KRAVITZ, DIRECTOR
PAUL MOKHA, DIRECTOR
WANDA MOUZON, DIRECTOR
MARK NEEDLE, DIRECTOR
JONATHAN PARKER, DIRECTOR
KIRK PASKAL, DIRECTOR
MICHAEL RITUS, DIRECTOR
MARK SAMUELIAN, DIRECTOR