For Full Story: The Miami Herald

Article By: Douglas Hanks


On Monday, the Florida Department of Transportation recommended extending Metrorail north along 27th Avenue to link the current rail system with Miami Dade College, an $870 million project that the county’s administration says is too expensive for an already strained transit budget.

Extending Metrorail the entire 13 miles from the Dr. martin Luther King station north along 27th Avenue to the Broward line would cost about $1.8 billion, plus an additional $46 million to operate the new extension.

To pursue a less daunting price tag, the consulting firm Florida hired to study the North corridor, WSP USA, recommended starting with a two-mile extension to Miami Dade College’s campus at NW 119th Street and 27th Avenue. Combined with about $400 million in land-acquisition expenses needed for the full 13-mile system, the initial cost would be about $870 million.