Friday, July 18, 2014

Second Miami streetcar plan gets new life

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A plan to implement streetcar service in Miami, originally proposed nine years ago, has been revived as a possible public-private partnership (PPP) initiative.

Public presentations of the plan could be made as early as September, City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff said in an address Wednesday, July 16, 2014, to local real estate executives, according to local media.

The plan is unrelated to another rail plan linking the city with Miami Beach, which last year also was revived.

"If we're lucky and have a PPP, you should have a streetcar line from All Aboard Florida through here all the way to the Design District," Sarnoff said at an event marketing a new real estate development in the city.

Still to be determined under the new effort is the exact route.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla, roughly 27 miles north of Miami, approved a plan roughly one year ago for a special tax assessment zone downtown to fund a streetcar line, dubbed The Wave.

Last January, Gainesville, in northern Florida, hired Tampa, Fla.-based Tindale-Oliver & Associates, along with Parsons Brinckerhoff, to evaluate a streetcar line.