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Alstom’s Miami Beach streetcar proposal

Alstom is leading a consortium that has proposed the construction of an approximate 8km (five-mile) LRT line in Miami Beach, Florida, using its APS ground-supply technology for running off-wire on Washington Avenue between Fifth Street and the city’s convention center.

Alstom is leading a consortium that has proposed the construction of an approximate 8km (five-mile) LRT line in Miami Beach, Florida, using its APS ground-supply technology for running off-wire on Washington Avenue between Fifth Street and the city’s convention center.

The USD148m scheme is designed to connect with a planned system, known as Bay Link, that links the mainland with South Beach over the MacArthur Causeway. That project was cancelled in 2003.

The proposal from Alstom’s and its partners calls for the consortium to design, build and finance the line, with a separate operations and maintenance contract that could run for 35 years.

Yet Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine has said he expected to recommend that city commissioners reject the unsolicited proposal, which called for competitors only until 22 October to come up with alternative proposals.

The plan suggests a reserved alignment lanes and eight to ten stations spaced out between Fifth Street and Dade Boulevard, estimating 23 000 riders per day. If built, the Miami Beach streetcar system would account for about a third of the full Bay Link system as envisioned in the latest planning round.