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Miami-Dade dumps monorail plan to pursue Metromover expansion to connect Miami and Miami Beach

Miami-Dade dumps monorail plan to pursue Metromover expansion
The Metromover Station at Stephen P. Clark Government Center. Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images – Source:

Miami-Dade County is scrapping a proposed $1.3 billion plan to build a monorail across Biscayne Bay, choosing instead to pursue an extension of the Metromover to connect Miami and Miami Beach.

Why it matters: For decades, county officials have discussed building rapid transit between mainland Miami and the Beach as a way to reduce traffic congestion and ease travel between the major hubs for tourists and hospitality workers.

Driving the news: Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced Wednesday that the county has opted for a “one-seat” transit solution she said will be cheaper than the monorail and make commuting across Biscayne Bay more seamless.

Catch up fast: Former Mayor Carlos Gimenez struck a preliminary deal with casino owner Genting Group in 2020 to build a privately operated, publicly funded monorail connecting the company’s waterfront property in Miami to South Beach, according to the Miami Herald.

By Martin Vassolo for
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