After months of planning, route mapping, and studying of new rail technologies, the Miami Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization may have just put the kibosh on BayLink and other hoped for rail expansions throughout Dade County. Buses, specifically BRT, or Bus Rapid Transit, where buses use dedicated lanes and other methods of speeding up the ride, is now what they're talking about. Picture the South Miami-Dade Busway, or maybe a more compact version of it, zooming across the MacArthur Causeway.
The idea is that BRT can be installed a lot faster, and is a lot cheaper than rail, and it can also be a 'placeholder for rail, and that BayLink and the other rail routes would come at a later date. Of course, that was the plan with the current Busway down south, and we all know how that turned out...
· Rail Derailed for Bus Rapid Transit [Miami Today]
· BayLink coverage [Curbed Miami]