(Miami-Dade County, FL) --
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood were among the dignitaries who participated in today's Port of Miami - Florida East Coast Railway Connection Project groundbreaking ceremony. Prior to the ceremony, Mayor Gimenez presented Secretary LaHood with a key to the County.
The Port of Miami - Florida East Coast Railway Connection Project has four phases: reconstruction of the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) Port Lead; rehabilitation of the bascule bridge that connects the Port of Miami and the FEC; the construction of an on-port rail facility; and modifications to FEC's Rail Yard to accommodate the increase in intermodal traffic. The rail reconnection project is part of a larger infrastructure investment program taking place at the Port of Miami. The other two projects are the Miami Access Tunnel and the 50-foot dredge.
Preceding the groundbreaking ceremony, Mayor Gimenez and Secretary LaHood met to discuss Miami-Dade Transit and the full restoration of Federal Transit Administration funds, and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants. The Port of Miami - Florida East Coast Railway project is funded through a TIGER II grant.
"I'm grateful to Secretary LaHood and the Federal Transit Administration for their willingness to work with the County towards resolving our outstanding transportation funding issues," said Mayor Gimenez. "Today's meeting with the Secretary was a positive step towards resolution. We agree that maintaining quality public transit service for the 2.5 million residents of Miami-Dade County is the top priority."