A proposed monorail system would bring a rapid transit line gliding over the MacArthur Causeway’s notorious traffic between Miami and South Beach, but not before causing lane closures and other disruptions required to build the $1 billion project, according to a plan circulated by the developer behind the effort. Documents prepared by developer MBM Partners reveal draft plans to divert traffic from some eastbound lanes during the three-year construction effort of the Miami Beach Monorail as roadside crews assemble the pilings needed to support the first mass-transit line between downtown and the region’s top tourist destination.
A Jan. 11 presentation given to Fisher Island residents about traffic impacts for the posh island’s ferry terminal off the causeway shows eastbound lanes to Miami Beach closed to regular traffic for at least a segment of the MacArthur. The presentation, obtained by the Miami Herald, shows drivers shifted to a modified westbound section with two lanes heading in both directions.
The for-profit monorail group pursuing the project — a partnership that includes Genting, the casino company providing the Miami waterfront property for the main monorail station — hopes to start work in 2024, according to documents filed with Miami-Dade County, which would own the system and fund it.