Miami-Dade County Doubles Down on Casino Monorail Plan

Author: Riders Alliance Team
Published On: Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 03:50 PM

The Citizens' Independent Transportation Trust which oversees the half-penny sales tax voted to continue supporting the monorail proposal to connect Miami Beach with the mainland. The resolution being considered would have supported a mode that would maximize ridership and provide for a one seat ride from Government Center station to the end of the project at Fifth St and Alton Rd in South Beach.
The current monorail proposal would be a shuttle from a new Metromover transfer station at Herald Plaza to a new monorail station at Fifth St and Alton Rd in South Beach, connecting a proposed casino by Genting to Miami Beach. The project would be Miami's first “P3 Transportation Project” or Public-Private Partnership project, in which the casino giant Genting would provide the funding which the County would pay back with interest.
The project, which was submitted to the County as an unsolicited proposal under former mayor Gimenez and backed by Transportation and Mobility Committee Chairwoman Commissioner Higgins (District 5) (who supported the project at the CITT) was scrutinized by the Commission on Ethics and Public Trust after the former mayor and County staff erased phones with possible data regarding their meeting with the casino company in China, a violation of Sunshine Law.
The Riders Alliance holds, as we said in the CITT meeting, that the monorail proposal will not provide a real transit solution for Miami-Dade transit riders across the bay (just has it hasn't in Seattle or Las Vegas). Backing profits over transit riders and residents is typical of Miami-Dade, but we are extremely disappointed that leaders would rather cut ribbons than provide solutions to Miami-Dade County's transportation woes.

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