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Miami-Dade Approves ‘Rapid-Transit’ Bus Plan Over Metrorail Expansion In South Dade

Courtesy Miami-Dade County
Here is a rendering of a proposed rapid-transit bus station along the South Dade busway. There would be 14 of them under Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s plan to create a line of express buses.";

Miami-Dade’s transportation board approved giving South Dade the county’s first rapid-transit bus system, rejecting demands that elected leaders stick with a 2002 promise to bring a costly Metrorail extension to the region.

Thursday’s vote by the Transportation Planning Organization, a board that includes the entire County Commission, marked a milestone in Miami-Dade’s stormy transit debate: It’s the first time leaders settled on a pricey, modernized alternative to the far more expensive Metrorail extensions that were linked to the passage of a transportation sales tax 16 years ago.

The $243 million system would create the county’s first “rapid-transit” bus system, using dedicated lanes with stations and vehicles designed to mimic the convenience of rail service.

Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald