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Light rail service to Miami Beach under consideration, again


Transportation planners have unveiled potential routes for a light rail link between Miami and Miami Beach with one line crossing Biscayne Bay over the MacArthur Causeway and another via the Julia Tuttle Causeway.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado said they prefer the rail go over the MacArthur Causeway, but Miami Beach transportation director José González said his city has not yet settled on a route.

“This is a vital project for Miami-Dade County as congestion between the mainland and Miami Beach grows worse,” Gimenez said. “We don’t want to talk about this for the next 20 years. We want to get this done.”

It was the first time that potential route options for the light rail project were publicly discussed. The discussion came during a meeting of the Beach Corridor Transit Connection Study project executive committee. Gimenez chaired the meeting as head of one of the local governments and state agencies funding the $325,000 project study.

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Ed Jenkins

The people are greatly upset by these possible taxpayer waste projects. The citizens find this ideas to be one of the most stupid yet as no one in their right mind would drive to the beginning of the causeway to take a train over the causeway only to have to find another car on the other side of the causeway or taxi on the other side of the causeway. Some folks appear stuck in the 1800s when railroads were a new innovation but the people of florida are pleased with the flexibility their cars allow them and not having to wait on someone else's schedule and they request simply widening roads for their communting convenience.

Cole Ryan Maddox

Who are you speaking for, Ed? Easy for you to say, you probably have a car. I suppose it would be perfectly convenient to you for this city to stay in the 1940s with its unacceptably state of infrastructure.

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