South Corridor in Florida US to be converted into Bus Rapid Transit Project

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The South Corridor (South Dade Transitway) in Florida, US is set to be converted into a Bus Rapid Transit Project (BRT). The Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) in Florida has already awarded OHL USA a US $368m Design-Build contract for the project, following approval by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners.

The South Corridor Rapid Transit is one of six rapid transit corridors of the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit Plan (SMART). It is the first in the series to move forward towards the construction phase.

Components of the Bus Rapid Transit Project Florida

The overall project comprises of several components, including the South Corridor BRT Stations Construction and a Park and Ride Garage. The project goes along 20 miles of exclusive transit right‐of‐way between the SW 344th Street station and Dadeland South adjacent to US‐1, Old Dixie  Highway and Flagler Avenue, and connects five municipalities in South Florida.

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Major scopes of work 

14 BRT stations fully convertible to Heavy Rail Transit (HRT), rehabilitation of existing stations (16 locations, 32 shelters), construction of two terminal stations (Dadeland South and SW344th Street Station), transitway corridor improvements along 20 miles of exclusive transit right‐of‐way; two FDOT safety improvement projects, SW 168th Street Park‐and‐Ride/Garage, and DTPW Construction Project: Roadway Improvements to SW 264th Street.

The project will deliver 14 iconic stations, improve travel time for customers, create a dedicated right-of-way, institute pre-paid fare for quicker boarding, and enhance safety. Its other benefits include: Low maintenance, and sustainable materials, long‐term performance; safe, efficient and effective access control; Include wayfinding and facility technologies; constructed entirely within the County’s or FDOT’s (Florida Department of Transportation) right‐of‐ way; maintain existing transit operations; provisions for Art in Public Places (AIPP) features; and design future conversion from BRT to at‐grade heavy rail transit (HRT).