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The End of the Road
8:12 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Train Is The New... Train? I-95 Traffic Helps Resurrect Old Miami Rail

A Florida East Coast freight train runs through the middle of downtown West Palm Beach. South Florida's urban core developed around the FEC tracks. Now two projects hope to run passengers along the line for the first time in almost 50 years.
Credit 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.

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Transportation
6:08 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Planners Reveal The Pricetag On Light Rail From Miami To The Beach

The city of Miami's Metromover system shuttles riders around the downtown and Brickell areas. County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro is advocating for extending the Metromover over the MacArthur rather than building a new light-rail system.
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The numbers are in. The estimated cost of building a light rail line from mainland Miami to the beach is $532 million. And three key players are lining up in support of the proposal.

The mayors of Miami-Dade County, the city of Miami and the city of Miami Beach are backing the proposal to build a light rail line along the MacArthur Causeway.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has said previously that if traffic between Miami and Miami Beach gets worse it will kill the tourism industry.

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Links
6:33 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

What Everyone Is Reading March 16-22

Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

If we were to create a fictional story based this week's top five stories, it might go something like this:

Traffic engineers use funds from parking meters to build the Orlando-Miami rail line. The colorful yellow meters do not actually pay the city for parking and were supposed to fund Florida’s desalination facilities. One outraged citizen got a hold of public-radio host Ira Glass, who is now producing a radio story for “This Floridian Life.”

Alas, none of those are stories. Here are the non-fiction versions:

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Transportation
6:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

How Miami-Dade's Dreams Of Light Rail Look A Lot Like Its Past

A streetcar in Coral Gables in April, 1925
William A. Fishbaugh/State Archives of Florida

Once again, Miami-Dade County is studying whether a light-rail train from mainland Miami to the beach would actually work.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the county’s metropolitan planning organization think it could be a solution to the traffic problems of South Beach. If traffic gets worse, Gimenez has said it will “kill the tourism industry.”  

A History Of Light Rail

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Transportation
1:53 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

New Miami-Orlando Express Train Is Just A Handshake Away

Plans for a privately-funded express train linking Miami and Orlando are in the final stages.
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Two years after Gov. Rick Scott rejected a federal proposal for high-speed rail in Florida, a privately funded project for an express line connecting Orlando and Miami is just one deal away from beginning construction.

All Aboard Florida, a private company based in Coral Gables, has plans to build a line that would connect Orlando to Miami in just under three hours. It would also make stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

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Transportation
6:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

How A Fake Train Station Could Improve Public Transportation In Miami

Although the Purple Line was imaginary, organizers hope it will one day lead to more public transportation in Miami.
Credit Arianna Prothero

Over the weekend, public transit advocates in Miami built a temporary train station along an imaginary transit line. They called it the Purple Line, sticking with the theme of Miami’s other two commuter rail lines, the Orange and the Green. Organizers of the project say this mock train station is going to help improve public transit in the city.

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Rail Travel
11:00 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Fast Train Will Link Miami, Orlando In 2015

ALL ABOARD: Money, jobs and a fast ride to Orlando.
Credit All Aboard Florida

A billion-dollar passenger rail project, due to break ground next year, will be whisking business travelers and tourists between Miami and Orlando at top speed by some time in 2015.

Plans call for stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach on the way from Miami to Orlando International Airport with a spur line connecting the beaches of Brevard County to the system.

Cost and benefits? According to the Sun Sentinel, $1 billion, 1,600 jobs and a three-hour trip -- much quicker than you could make at the wheel of your own car.

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