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The Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) is studying the implementation of the East-West rapid transit corridor along SR 836/Dolphin Expressway from the Miami Intermodal Center adjacent to the Miami International Airport (MIA) to SW 8 St. at SW 109 Ave. next to Florida International University (FIU). This corridor is part of the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit, or SMART Plan, which identifies the development of six rapid transit corridors that directly support the mobility of our future population and employment growth.
The five other SMART Plan rapid transit corridors include the Beach Corridor, Kendall Corridor, North Corridor, Northeast Corridor, and South Dade Transitway. Study activities will be performed in the context of the East-West corridor, while coordinating with the overall multi-corridor SMART Plan.
- See map of all six SMART Plan rapid transit corridors being studied
- East-West Corridor Public Meeting Presentation
Recently, Miami-Dade County Director of Transportation and Public Works, Alice Bravo explained the SMART Plan on NBC 6.
The East-West Corridor study will be conducted to focus on the implementation of a rapid transit service and infrastructure along SR 836/Dolphin Expressway and a portion of NW 7 St. between NW 87 Ave. and NW 57 Ave.
The study aims to identify locations for transit stations, and Park & Ride lots/transit terminals, and the implementation of a cost-effective, high-ridership, new premium transit service with supporting pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Premium transit modes to be evaluated include Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Light Rail Transit (LRT), Heavy Rail Transit (HRT), and Metrorail at-grade (powered by overhead lines), on exclusive lanes.
The first hub of the East-West Corridor broke ground in January 2017 with the Dolphin Station Park & Ride Transit Terminal Facility, which is being built off NW 12 Street just west of Florida’s Turnpike. The facility is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.
Two other stations also will service the East-West Corridor: The Panther Station, which will be located at Florida International University’s Modesto Maidique Campus; and the Tamiami Station, which will be located at the corner of SW 8 Street and 147 Avenue. Both are projected to be completed in 2020 and will launch other express bus routes along SR 836.
The SMART Plan should bring positive impacts to our economy by generating more housing, retail and office developments near transit stations, and more job opportunities in the transportation industry, during and after implementation of the SMART Plan.
On Monday, July 30, DTPW provided a presentation to industry experts regarding potential project delivery and finance structures for the Miami-Dade County SMART Plan. The presentation took place at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus.
Two Public Corridor Workshops were held on April 10th and April 12th. The following key information was provided at the workshops:
- East-West Corridor Factsheet, Spring 2018
- Corridor Workshop Presentation
- Alternatives Handout
- Bus Rapid Transit Alts_1of3
- Commuter Rail Alt_1of3
- Heavy Rail (Metrorail) Alts_1of4
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