Green light for Miami Beach tramlink
The green light has been given for the start of negotiations with with the preferred developer of a new tramlink in Miami Beach in the US state of Florida.
Greater Miami Tramlink Partners was the topped-ranked proposer in the public-private project to build a light rail/ street car. The team – made up of InfraRed Capital Partners, Walsh and Alstom – had originally submitted an unsolicited proposal but others were then given the opportunity to bid.
“Today’s decision has catapulted the reality of wireless mass transit on Miami Beach,” said city manager Jimmy Morales. “This project aims to substantially ease traffic congestion, link key points of interest, connect people with jobs and opportunities, reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and save thousands of dollars in commuting and parking costs for residents and visitors.”
The scope of the project, which will be determined by the environmental review process currently under way, will be refined in parallel with negotiations of the interim and comprehensive agreements.
If for some reason the city cannot reach an agreement with Greater Miami Tramlink Partners, it has also been authorised to negotiate with second and third-ranked proposers, Connect Miami Beach and Miami Beach Mobility Partners.
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This article was published on 18 Jul 2016 (last updated on 18 Jul 2016).