Metromover Eighth Street Station is renamed Brickell City Centre Station
Today, Miami-Dade County and City of Miami joined by Swire Properties executives celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony the completion of the Eighth Street Metromover Station renovations and renaming it to the Brickell City Centre Metromover Station.
When Swire Properties set out in search for a location to build the next mega center in Miami, they discovered the perfect area in the heart of Brickell. The real-estate developer company purchased a 9.1 acre plot of land adjacent to Miami-Dade Transit’s Metromover Eighth Street Station.
From the beginning, the plan was to design a beautiful site that integrates itself with existing transportation options. Where it stands, Brickell City Centre offers easy access to the highway and connects directly to the Metromover station.
“This ease of connection to transportation will continue to make downtown Miami and the Brickell area a destination where our residents and visitors can live, work, and play. The improvements made by Swire Properties is a great example of a successful private-public partnership,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.
“The renovations of the Brickell City Centre Station and many other transportation projects in the county are showing other cities how we can think innovatively, invest in new solutions and technologies, and better plan for the future,” said Alice N. Bravo, P.E., Director of the Department of Transportation and Public Works. “We look forward for the development community to continue to help deliver transit improvements.”
Swire Properties worked closely with Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) to enhance the Metromover station adjacent to the Centre. The renovation project was funded by Swire Properties; therefore, the entire project was completed at no cost to Miami-Dade County.
“We’re so grateful to the county for our long-standing partnership and for their trust in us to renovate and maintain this station,” said Kieran Bowers, president of Swire Properties. “Investing in the Brickell City Centre station is an essential part of Swire’s overall vision to build community with a focus on health and well-being, foster connectivity in Brickell, and to become a true urban center for Miami.”
For the first time in Miami-Dade Transit history, a third level connection was added onto the Metromover station, which connects passengers directly to Brickell City Centre. Shoppers and diners need only to go up one level when they disembark on the platform of the station to go inside the Centre.
The project also seamlessly integrated new technologies with the existing system to create a state-of-the-art station and was completed in 14 months. The connection was fully operational by the opening of the first phase of Brickell City Centre in the fall of 2015, and included the following improvements:
• Four new escalators
• One new elevator
• New Closed-Circuit Television system (to enhance security)
• New lighting system
• Reconstruction of the platform (both flooring and ceiling)
• A complete redesign and construction of the ground level connectivity areas (including landscaping)
The completion of the renovations of the Brickell City Centre Metromover Station serve as an excellent example of the benefits everyone can enjoy when the county’s transit system is fully integrated with new urban developments.
Photos from today’s ribbon cutting ceremony are available upon request. Please contact Luis Espinoza at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-992-8122.
To plan a trip on transit, riders can download the free Miami-Dade Transit Tracker app. Also available from DTPW is the EASY Pay app, which allows anyone to turn their smartphone into a mobile ticket and just scan to ride. Visit EASY Pay page for more information. Transit riders now can also pay for parking via their mobile devices with the PayByPhone cashless app.