The public transport projects in MiamiAugust 5, 2016
Miami, as several cities in the US (Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC), faces a problem of dependence on cars and a lack of public transport infrastructures. Traditionally built for and with the car, the city is growing, and it has to find new transport solutions for its future. Moreover, people are now more looking for the possibility to travel without cars than before.
The city created a rail project in order to unblock the traffic in overcrowded places, and propose a better way to travel in Florida. 3 projects have been created : new Metrorail lines in Miami, a streetcar network in Miami Beach and a train line between Miami and Orlando.
An ambitious project with renowned partners, Alstom is in the spotlight
For the creation of these new infrastructures, Miami is supported by expert partners.
The japanese company Hitachi, with its italian counterpart Hitachi Rail italy, will be in charge of the production of the transport systems. The company is looking for a deeper penetration in the rail market, that is not developed for the moment. It is currently creating a driverless public transport system in Honolulu scheduled to open next year.
Moreover, a streetcar network will also be created in Miami Beach, in the South Beach/South Pointe part. The french company Alstom, who created this project, is in competition to produce the equipments for this new light train that will make the commuting easier for tourists and locals . The construction of the infrastructures, beside the train’s production, is estimated around 387 M$. It is a scale project to improve and make the most touristic place of Miami more modern, and it will also be connected to the new rail system developed in the rest of the city.
Finally, the most ambitious project is the new train line created to link Miami and Orlando, Brightline. The line will stop at Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with an optimal comfort and a fast connection between the cities (30 minutes between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, 60 between West Palm Beach and Miami, by example). The line will be in function in 2017.
The user’s behavior is changing
Thanks to the new transport solutions, such as Uber, Zipcar or Citibike (public rental bikes), the users change their transports, and use less the car than before. The new generations do not share the same enthusiasm for cars as previous generations. They are part of the “shared economy” and “green attitude” generation.
According to Carlos Gimenez, mayor of Miami-Dade County, “the new generations prefer use the train, the bus, or Uber. For them, the car is a hassle whereas for us it was a luxury. It’s a different mindset and we’re seeing more and more in this community“.
Similar infrastructures as Europe and Asia
These transportations have been tested and approved for years in Asia and Europe, and their efficiency is proved. These solutions are representing a positive evolution to ease traffic congestion, connect people with jobs and opportunities, save thousands of dollars in commuting and parking costs for residents and visitors, and reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
It could also help to develop the real estate market in the further Miami areas, that will be more easily and quickly accessible.Back to blog