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The Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Plan

The Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Plan intends to advance six of the PTP’s rapid transit corridors, along with a network system of Bus Express Rapid Transit (BERT) service, in order to implement mass transit projects in Miami-Dade County.

The SMART Plan was officially adopted and endorsed in 2016 by the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) Governing Board. It brings together Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW), Transportation Planning Organization (TPO; formally MPO), Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and the Citizen’s Independent Transportation Trust (CITT).

The strategy involves expanding public transit into six rapid transit corridors and supported by a bus express rapid transit network.

The six SMART Plan corridors are:

Map of all six SMART Plan rapid transit corridors

Fully implemented SMART Plan Corridors will help commuters save time when compared to existing transit service or driving.

Total population and employment within a 2-mile radius of all six corridors:

  • 63% of the County’s population (1.7 million residents) live within 2-mile radius of the corridors.
  • 855,000 employees (or 75% of the workforce) work within a 2-mile radius of the corridors.

Positive impacts from the SMART Plan are anticipated in the following main areas of the transit system:

  • New opportunities for Transit Oriented Developments (TOD’s) along SMART Plan corridors (more housing, retail and office developments that are near transit stations).
  • An expanded and interconnected network of premium transit services that connect to more key destinations.
  • Improved reliability and on-time performance as the existing transit network is optimized to better feed the SMART Plan transit corridors.
  • More job opportunities in the transportation industry as new transit corridors are planned, designed, constructed, and implemented.
  • Real-time arrival and departure information signage at transit stations.
  • New transit stations/terminals and park-and-ride facilities to support new SMART Plan corridors.

To ensure the community is included in the planning and visioning process to select the best technology and highest, best land uses along each corridor there are two separate major activities occurring for each SMART Plan corridor as follows:

Project Environmental Studies aka PD&Es – Headed by the Miami-Dade Department of Transportation & Public Works (DTPW) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Six.

Land Use & Visioning – Headed by the Miami-Dade TPO

SMART Plan Rapid Transit Corridors

Beach Corridor

Midtown Miami

Miami Beach
Convention Center

PD&E by DTPW

Land Use & Visioning by TPO

East-West Corridor

Miami Intermodal Center

Florida International University

PD&E by DTPW

Land Use & Visioning by TPO

Kendall Corridor

Dadeland area
Metrorail Stations

Krome Avenue

PD&E by FDOT District 6

Land Use & Visioning by TPO

North Corridor

Martin L. King, Jr.
Metrorail Station

NW 215th Street

PD&E by FDOT District 6

Land Use & Visioning by TPO

Northeast Corridor

Downtown Miami

City of Aventura

PD&E by FDOT District 6 & 4

Land Use & Visioning by TPO

South Dade TransitWay

Dadeland South
Metrorail Station

SW 344th Street
Transit Terminal
(Florida City)

PD&E by DTPW

Land Use & Visioning by TPO

 

Bus Express Rapid Transit (BERT)

BERTS                                                           DESCRIPTION

Beach Express

North – Miami Beach Convention Center to Golden Glades via I-95

Central – Miami Beach Convention Center to Civic Center via Julia Tuttle Causeway

South – Miami Beach Convention Center to Downtown Miami via MacArthur Causeway

Flagler Corridor (PD&E)

Downtown Miami to West Dade via Flagler Street

Florida’s Turnpike Express

North – Dolphin Station to North Miami-Dade via the HEFT

South – Dolphin Station to SW 344th Street via the HEFT

Northwest Miami-Dade Express

Palmetto Metrorail Station to Miami Gardens Drive Park-n-Ride via Palmetto Expressway and I-75

South Miami-Dade Express

Dadeland North Metrorail Station to southern Miami-Dade County via SR-878, SR-874, and Florida’s Turnpike

Southwest Miami-Dade Express

Dadeland North Metrorail Station to Miami Executive Airport via SR-878 and SR-874