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Monorail To Fort Lauderdale? After Asia Trip, Miami-Dade Is Bullish On Northern Link

Broward and Miami Dade hope to pursue a new transit line that could link with Miami Dade’s Metrorail system and run to Fort Lauderdale, possibly using monorail. Leaders from both counties recently toured transit options in China and Japan.";

Broward’s new transportation tax could help Miami-Dade finally build a rail line north to Miami Gardens, with both counties interested in selecting a single company to build a transit link running from Miami to Fort Lauderdale.

The chairman and top executives of BYD, the Chinese company pursuing a four-mile county monorail line over the MacArthur Causeway to South Beach, met last week with a delegation of elected office holders from Broward and Miami-Dade on a joint tour of transit options in China and Japan.

The week-long tour came eight months after Broward voters approved a 1 percent sales tax to pay for new transportation projects. While Broward and Miami-Dade would have to pay for their own segments, the existence of a new revenue source for the northern leg could make the entire line more attractive to for-profit transit developers.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.