Miami officials look to Spanish firm FEVE for light rail proposal

December 28, 2012 03:00PM

A street car in Seville that is similar to what is being proposed in Miami

Public transportation advocates have something to cheer about, following the a meeting between a state-owned Spanish rail firm FEVE and Miami Beach public works staff that could result in new light rail connecting Miami Beach to the mainland, the Miami Herald reported. The city may hire  FEVE, which runs a 777-mile rail system in Spain, to conduct a study assessing the feasibility of installing a new system.

José González, transportation manager for Miami Beach, said the meeting focused on finalizing a proposal for a “pre-feasibility study” for bringing  streetcar without overhead lines, or catenaries to South Beach.

“This relationship with FEVE is more than anything in the context of seeing if the technology FEVE is currently operating in Seville — a catenary-free streetcar technology — if that’s implementable, feasible, buildable here in the United States and obviously what would that cost,” González said. [Miami Herald]Christopher Cameron