In a press release out last week, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine announced he and the Miami Beach Commission has authorized the city to move forward with developing a wireless streetcar system.
Jo Borras writes that Miami residents have suffered for years with one of the worst mass transit systems in the world. With the new streetcar development, Miami Beach could expect to see more foot traffic from increased tourism.
“The initial phase of the project will consist of a 2-way connection on 5th Street and Washington Avenue, and is referred to as the ‘South Beach Component.’ The second phase is expected to take place along Alton Road and 17th Street, complementing the cross-bay route to Downtown Miami. Future contemplated phases are expected to include a route along the Julia Tuttle Causeway connecting Miami Beach with Midtown Miami and eventually the (Miami International Airport).”
There is also a proposal in the works for a Miami-Orlando high-speed rail line that could whisk passengers between Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Orlando in three hours.