Commuter Rail

Miami Herald

We recently spoke with Mayor Eugene Flinn of Palmetto Bay and Vice Mayor James McDonald of Pinecrest about the debate between new bus lines versus more rail. The county has a plan for $115 million to go toward a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in the South Dade. Leaders, like Mayor Flinn, along with leaders from Homestead and three other municipalities, challenged Miami-Dade officials on that issue , and are pushing for rail instead. Eugene Flinn : I've sat and watched the...

Supporters And Foes Line Up On Rail Financing Plan

Apr 20, 2015
All Aboard Florida

A private passenger-rail venture got the endorsement of one of the state's most-powerful business lobbying groups Monday in seeking $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds. Meanwhile, a quartet of legislators from the region most opposed to All Aboard Florida's Miami-to-Orlando rail project questioned if the state will eventually have to subsidize the service, which is proposing 32 trains a day in 2017. "What happens if the project fails, who is left holding the bag?" asked Rep. Gayle Harrell, R...

William A. Fishbaugh/State Archives of Florida

06/02/14 - Monday's Topical Currents looks at the future of public transportation in Miami-Dade County. We’ll consider the Baylink Project- the light rail that would connect Miami Beach to Downtown Miami. We’ll also discuss the newly initiated Beach Corridor Transit Connection Study among other topics. We’ll be joined in the studio by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez , Alexander Heckler, co-managing partner of LSN Partners, and Dan Ricker , publisher of the online

Julia Duba

You might call it an understatement to say that traffic is an issue in South Florida. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez put it this way: "There are two man-made things you can see from space. One is the Great Wall of China. The other one is the Dade-Broward line." On Tuesday, a panel of county and state transportation officials came together at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to discuss the plans for All Aboard Florida 's passenger rail service. The idea is to connect downtown Miami to...

All Aboard Florida

On Tuesday, Miami-Dade and Florida transportation officials will gather at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to discuss a huge railroad project. All Aboard Florida's $1.5 billion project that would connect Miami to the Orlando is spurring debate. All Aboard Florida, a subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries, would be a privately run commuter railroad along Henry Flagler’s tracks in South Florida. The services would include stops in downtown Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and...

Kenny Malone

I-95 misery has bent Henry Flagler's railroad tracks full circle. Long ago, passenger trains on lines Flagler built turned a community called Fort Dallas, pop. 300, into Miami. Then cars on I-95 turned Miami into the Miami metropolitan area, driving a stake into Flagler passenger trains along the way. Now, in a historic swing of the pendulum, that same highway system may be resurrecting Flagler passenger service. All Aboard Florida and Tri-Rail Coastal Link -- one private and one public...