In a post I published last week on the transit options available to the Kendall residents, our message may have been presented unclearly and biased towards the CSX rail option. I’d like to clarify this position and reiterate the true stance of Transit Miami on this hotly contested issue.

The CSX corridor was never meant to serve as a replacement to the Kendall Metrorail, LRT, or BRT, but rather operate in conjunction with the east-west option. The belief stems from our knowledge of the low upstart cost of the CSX rail, along with the increased benefit citizens in the Southern part of the Kendall region would experience, an area currently overlooked by all presented alternatives.

Now, we don’t fully support plans to bring transit to the Kendall Dr. corridor unless some drastic measures are taken to ensure that the area adjacent to the corridor is reestablished and rebuilt in a more accessible manner. Revitalizing the strip shopping centers, vast swaths of parking lots, Malls, and dwellings along the corridor will all be keys to its’ success and should not be overlooked in the planning stages. We would not want the transit system to be considered, approved, or funded unless preemptive measures are taken to ensure that Kendall Dr. itself will be transformed into a true urban area that is more hospitable to transit oriented needs.

Similar measures should be set into place for the CSX corridor at key intersections and stations, creating accessible nodes or urban life. The CSX corridor should be limited to a southern terminus at Metrozoo to prevent “justification” of UDB expansion. UDB line movement will be critical to the success or failure of all transit oriented redevelopment in the Kendall region.

We support the use of the CSX corridor to serve as a complimentary system with a rapid transit system along Kendall drive as long as effective measures are put into place which would transform the suburban landscapes into transit oriented communities.

3 Responses to Kendall Transit Clarification

  1. Anonymous says:

    Do you not believe that transit can reshape the entire kendall corridor? Rather than making changes first hoping that a rail line comes. Just curious on your take.

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  2. Gabriel J. Lopez-Bernal says:

    I think Transit Can reshape the corridor, but, given the state of politics and development in Miami, I do not think the proper development will spring up without some guidance. The TODs popping up around Metrorail currently are a disaster and face too much public opposition.

    Rail -> Socioeconomic Changes

    Socioeconomic Changes -> Rail

    It can be debated either way, but in this case I think we could justify that the rail and development changes should occur together…

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Lets think about how to sell all of these nimbys on living in a city or at least more acceptable density.

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