Metromover could be expanded to FIU under new proposal. Here’s what to know

Going East to West on public transit in Miami-Dade has been a challenge for decades and now there could be some potential solutions on the table. 

Transportation planners in Miami-Dade are discussing two new options to get to and from FIU’s main Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

One route involves a new county commuter rail line and another would include an expanded Metromover route going East to West along Flagler Street. 

For the commuter rail line, the county would have to negotiate a plan with CSX, a freight train company which owns the existing tracks. As of now, that’s been moving slowly with no agreement in place as of yet.  

“That’s a freight line and that’s also run by a freight company. They are not good at nor do they have any financial incentive to be a passenger rail connection,” said Commissioner Eileen Higgins, who represents District 5 in Miami-Dade County. “I’m very worried that those discussions will collapse sometime in the future so that’s why I wanted to make sure we have a back up.”

Higgins, who is also the chair of Miami-Dade’s Transportation and Mobility Committee, is pushing for the alternative option of an elevated Metromover extension going out West. 

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