Miami’s streetcar plan revival hits snag

Commissioner Audrey Edmonson
Commissioner Audrey Edmonson

The push to revive plans for a streetcar system in downtown Miami hit a snag when the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization passed on a chance to endorse the project.

Concerns about undercutting other transportation initiatives were expressed when the organization’s board deferred a vote on the streetcar proposal. The county is working with Miami Beach on a potential transit link between downtown and the beach – dubbed Bay Link – and the idea of a gondola is floating around.

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“I am still very excited about this project as long as it doesn’t compete with all of the other projects that’s in the hopper,” board member and County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson said, as cited by Miami Today.

Dennis Moss, another board member and commissioner, called for a comprehensive examination of the county’s entire transportation system.

“What’s happening now is we have those bits and pieces floating around,” he said. [Miami Today]Eric Kalis