Miami-Dade Seeking Project Proposals for a Transit System that Connects Downtown Miami and Miami Beach

The Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works (“DTPW”) is currently soliciting proposals from qualified Proposers to design, permit, construct/build, finance, manage, operate, and maintain a Rapid Mass Transit Solution (“Solution”) on the Beach Corridor Trunk Line of the County’s SMART Plan. The Solution is intended to connect the Downtown Miami/Overtown (Mainland) area to the City of Miami Beach. 

 The County anticipates to enter into an Interim Agreement where the proposer is expected to complete a substantial portion of pre-development activities. Following the performance of the terms in the Interim Agreement, the County expects to enter into a Project Agreement that is estimated to last thirty years, with two ten-year options to renew at the County’s discretion. 

 Numerous County-commissioned studies have identified a need for a mass transit solution along the Beach Corridor since as early as 1988. As a result, the County has identified the MacArthur Causeway as the optimal route to alleviate traffic, improve connectivity, and obtain the best possible value. Additionally, both the County and the areas that would be primarily serviced by the Beach Corridor are undergoing increased growth in business development and tourism. 

 A mode of rapid transit connecting the Downtown Miami/Overtown (Mainland) area to Miami Beach, along with the integration of other modes of transportation, is critical to achieve the overarching goals of connecting the County’s urban centers, improving mobility, decreasing reliance on private vehicles, and enhancing the standard of living for County residents. 

 Various transit modes are currently being considered for the Beach Corridor Trunk Line, such as an elevated Automated Peoplemover, an elevated Monorail, an elevated Light Rail, and an at-grade Bus Rapid Transit in new dedicated lanes. 

 Though not included in the scope of this Solicitation, the County is also contemplating an extension of the Solution to reach the Design District, Mid-Town, and Wynwood areas as well as the Miami Beach Convention Center. At the moment, some ideas include extending the existing Metromover and extending at-grade Light Rails. 

PROPOSAL DUE DATE: March 16, 2020 at 6:00 PM

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