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Transit Oriented Development

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is a fast-growing community development trend that includes a mixed-use of housing, office, retail space and/or amenities integrated into a walkable neighborhood and located within a half-mile of public transportation. TODs provide better access to jobs and housing for people of all ages and incomes. TODs help to enhance connectivity for area residents and businesses for safer accessibility to jobs, businesses, residential and commercial districts, and schools.


  • Reduce the number of household drivers.
  • Lower congestion, air pollution and greenhouse emissions.
  • Create walkable communities that accommodate healthier lifestyles.
  • Increase transit ridership and fare revenue.
  • Expand mobility choices that reduce dependence on the automobile
  • Reduce transportation costs.

Projects & Resources

  • 7th Avenue Transit Village Project
    Miami-Dade Transit’s 7th Avenue Transit Village is a mixed-use development project located in the heart of Liberty City, one of Miami-Dade’s oldest and most celebrated communities.

    This multi-modal hub will provide economic growth and community redevelopment opportunities for in District 3. Miami-Dade Transit’s 7th Avenue Transit Village, located on the southeast corner of 7th Avenue and 62nd Street, will to ultimately enhance current transportation services, revitalize the area and provide immediate access to I-95. The project includes a multi-level parking garage and a transit hub, which is now being served by four MDT bus routes - NW 7th Avenue MAX (277), Liberty City Connection (46), 62, and 77.

    The entire project, which is being constructed by Atlantic Pacific communities on property owned by Miami-Dade Transit, consists of two phases. Phase I of the project was completed in the fall of 2015, while phase II is scheduled to start in the spring of 2016. To date, 76 units of affordable housing have been completed, under phase I, and 100 units are expected to be completed under phase II.

    With a price tag of about $34 million, the 7th Avenue Transit Village will include many of the existing area for businesses/commercial, in addition to the construction of a black box theatre for the community.
  • Brownsville Transit Village
    Project Overview

    The Brownsville Transit Village located at 5200 NW 27 Avenue is a 5.8-acre, joint-development project built at the Brownsville Metrorail station. The project features 490 affordable housing units, with five midrise apartment buildings, townhomes and a parking garage, as well as ground-floor commercial space and Metrorail station improvements, such as an additional passenger drop-off lane and attractive landscaping.

    With Phase V to be built, the project was completed in four phases, each geared toward providing housing for low-income families, the elderly and the entire Brownsville community. Brownsville Transit Village residents are now benefiting from immediate access to rapid transit and amenities such as a community center, a computer lab and an exercise room. In addition, onsite community programs offer literacy training, health and nutrition classes, and first-time homebuyer seminars.

    The project was initiated by an unsolicited bid from not-for-profit agency.


    As of November 1, 2012, Brownsville Transit Village is open for residents and visitors alike.

    The County Commission awarded a lease to Transit Workers Union (TWU) in May 2006 for an initial term of 59 years with two consecutive 20-year renewal terms at the option of TWU.

    Project Description

    Developed by Carlisle Development Group, the largest affordable housing developer in Florida, the Brownsville Transit Village development is a mixed-income, multi-phase, urban in-fill development.

    Brownsville is historically a low-income community, and the provision of affordable, quality dwelling units is sorely needed within this community.

    The five phases of mid- to high-ride building are as follows:
    • Phase I consists of 96 units of affordable family housing financed by a tax credit exchange equity promulgated under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The groundbreaking took place in June 2010.
    • Phase II consists of 100 units of housing for the elderly also financed by a tax credit exchange equity promulgated under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The groundbreaking took place June 2010. 
    • Phase III consists of 103 units of housing for the elderly financed through Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and gap financing promulgated under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The groundbreaking took place in November 2010. 
    • Phase IV consists of 102 units of family housing elderly financed through LIHTC and gap financing promulgated under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The groundbreaking took place in November 2010. 
    • Phase V will be a 65-unit affordable rental community. 
    Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Certification

    Each phase of the development has achieved basic LEED certification, focusing on reducing energy and resource consumption through:
    • High-efficiency plumbing fixtures
    • High-efficiency lighting in units and common area 
    • Solar powered common area lighting 
    • High Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rated Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) (14+) in units and common areas 
    • Tankless water heaters 
    • Wall insulation of R-10+
    Family Developments

    All Family developments will promote community and enhance the quality of life of its residents through the following on-going programs:
    • Welfare to Work Self-Sufficiency, by South Florida Workforce's One Stop Career Center
    • Homeownership Opportunity Program, which offers financial assistance with the purchase of a home 
    • First-time Homebuyer seminars 
    • Health Care 
    • Literacy Training 
    Elderly Developments
    • Health and Nutrition Classes
    • Life Safety Training
    All Elderly (age-restricted) developments will promote community and enhance the quality of life of its residents through the following ongoing programs:
    • 24-hour on call management
    • Health Care 
    • Literacy Training 
    • Health and Nutrition Classes 
    • Life Safety Training 
    • Resident Assistance Referral Program
  • Caribbean Village
    • This project is a mixed-use transit-oriented development that includes affordable housing units.
    • The facility also includes 12,500 square feet of retail/commercial space.
    • The facility contains a brand new Park and Ride lot (link to the park and ride page: with 150 spaces of surface parking for TransitWay patrons.
    • Caribbean Village comprises a significant investment in Art in Public Places with one-of-a-kind wallpaper, murals, paintings, tile work and entry-way lighting.
    • Construction started in June 2018 and the project completed in December 2019.
  • Douglas Metrorail Station
    • This project is scheduled to break ground the first quarter of 2019. 
      • Phase 1A – 22 story residential tower with 312 micro units (623 SF each) with ground floor retail. 
      • Phase 1B – 37 story tower with 374 units (837 SF each) with 75,000 SF of open space and a parking garage with 700 spaces. 
    Future Phases: 
      • Phase 2 – 22 story office tower and cafe. 
      • Phase 3 – 330 residential units (717 SF each) with ground floor retail. 
      • Phase 4 – residential tower with 359 units (731 SF each).
    • This TOD is expected to produce a significant long-term source of revenue for DTPW.
    • Completion of this project will help offset expenses, focus density around the station and promote increased patronage of the Metrorail system.
    • DTPW is working with the developer on station improvements, accessibility to the site, project components, bus and trolley bays, and other transportation related improvements.
  • Freedom Tower Metrorail Station
    • The developer will reconstruct the Metromover station for integration with Miami Worldcenter (Block H, a mixed use residential and commercial project).
    • Station improvements will include a new elevator, renovated stairs, new turnstiles, lighting and landscaping. Station improvements are scheduled to start in 2019.
    • Miami Worldcenter is currently under construction.
  • Grove Central - Coconut Grove Metrorail Station
    • Mixed-use, transit-oriented development with 190,000 square feet of combined office, retail, 180 key hotel and 250 rental apartments, parking garage and $5 million for station upgrades and improvements.
    • The proposed development will significantly enhance accessibility, visibility, convenience and the station’s look.
  • MIA Metrorail Station at the Miami Intermodal Center
    • This is a transfer of 21.97 acres of land next to the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) from FDOT to the County. As part of this transfer, the County will operate and maintain all common areas.
    • The current MIC tenants and the future TOD tenants will operate their own systems and maintain their own areas.
    • The County will initiate a Request for Proposals offering development rights to portions of the MIC property to private developers for a mixed use development (e.g. hotel, office building, restaurants, etc.).
  • Motion at Dadeland (Phase III)
    • This project is located next the Dadeland North Metrorail Station (8400 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami, FL.)
    • The project was completed in the spring 2019.
    • 294 market rate rental studio 1/2/3 bedroom apartments, 25-stories with garage.
    • 7,500 Sq. Ft. ground floor retail.
    • Project cost was $86 million.
    • This project helped to create 210 new jobs.
  • Northside Metrorail Station
    • Northside Transit Village is a TOD with four phases.
    • The project includes a total of 438 affordable housing units (219 units of elderly housing and 219 of family housing), 20,000 sq. ft. ground floor retail, and 250 dedicated ground-floor Metrorail parking spaces in multi-level parking garage.
    • Construction of 119 affordable housing units is under construction and scheduled to be completed by December 2019.
  • Okeechobee Metrorail Station
    • The developer will construct three 8-story towers that will provide:
      • Affordable housing
      • Elderly housing
      • Workforce housing
    •  The three towers will include:
      •  Retail pace and tenant parking
      • Covered walkways with lighting and wayfinding signage to and from the Metrorail station.
  • Omni Bus Terminal
    • Breaking ground first quarter of 2019.
    • Developer will be constructing a new state of the art bus terminal for DTPW on the ground floor to include a retail component with a proposed hotel above the station as part of the air rights conveyed to the developer.
  • Palmetto Metrorail Station
    • This project will include a 1,000 space parking garage with long and short term parking, kiss-and-ride, pool-and-ride and 12 bus bays.
    • Revenue-generating uses could include hotel, office, industrial space and retail.
  • Park West Metromover Station
    • Negotiations are ongoing for improvements to this station which will be made by the developer in connection with its Miami Worldcenter project to give the station a whole new look.
    • Improvements will include renovation of the stairways, refurbished escalator, new elevator, retiled platform, new lighting, new canopy and a pressure wash of exposed surfaces.
    • The developer will also aesthetically improve the traction power substation.
  • The Underline
    • The Brickell Backyard, Phase 1 of this project broke ground on November 1, 2018.
    • The Underline will be Miami-Dade County’s first true mobility corridor uniting all modes of transportation enhancing accessibility to eight Metrorail stations within its path and the neighboring communities. 
    • Once completed, The Underline will serve 107,000 residents within a 10-minute walk, will provide access to public transportation to one University and 24 schools, two hospitals, three urgent care facilities, four major malls and over 10,000 businesses. 
    • The Underline will transform 120 acres of Miami-Dade County owned land below the existing Metrorail guideway, from the Miami River (Downtown) to the Dadeland South Metrorail Station, into a world-class multimodal corridor. 
    • The 10-mile corridor will provide separated pedestrian and bicycle paths, improvements to over 30 intersections, access to public transportation, lighting and WiFi. In addition to the transportation components, recreational features will include butterfly gardens, playgrounds, exercise equipment, basketball and volleyball courts, soccer fields, picnic areas, dog parks and more.
    • Construction of The Underline will significantly enhance connectivity for area residents and businesses for safer accessibility to jobs, businesses, residential and commercial districts, and schools.
    • The Underline will be built in segments and each segment will demonstrate Miami- Dade County’s commitment to improving and enhancing connectivity and an emerging focus on integrating all modes of transportation.

    Learn more about The Underline.
  • South Miami Metrorail Station
    This TOD - VOX Miami - is under construction.
  • SW 184 Street Qual Roost Drive Site
    • Negotiations are ongoing for this project which will be a fully integrated transit oriented development that will contain, at a minimum: 250 market rate and 250 affordable housing units.
    • Also included will be a 10,000 square feet commercial space, park and ride garage with 261 dedicated transit spaces, and spaces to support housing and commercial components.
  • Tenth Street Promenade Station (1010 Brickell)
    • The Tenth Street/Promenade Metromover station will be integrated into the project with adjacent development via new walkways and ramps, improved lighting, installation of new hardscaping, signage, and handrails and bicycle racks.
    • Other improvements include modification and reconfiguration of the north entry to the station and existing fences and gates, relocation of automatic passenger counters, painting of ground floor and concrete structures, restoration of elevator cab and door, installation of new LED lighting and fan inside the station’s elevator.