Mobile Workshop

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Brightline MiamiCentral Station
600 NW 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33136

As part of this year’s Safe Street Summit, multiple tours will be conducted through the Mobile Workshop. The goal of the tours is to highlight different parts of Miami-Dade emphasizing current and planned transportation and built environment efforts that also promote economic development, livability, and access to transportation options both locally and regionally. Each of the Mobile Workshop tours will start at MiamiCentral, Brightline’s new downtown Miami multimodal hub. Brightline and MiamiCentral are exciting new transportation assets that significantly improve transportation options in the region.

Comfortable attire and shoes highly recommended for all mobile workshop participants. Conference registrants are limited to 1 mobile tour as these occur simultaneously. You can register for the conference and mobile workshop here. Additional registration and fee required.

9:15 a.m.      Mobile Workshop check-in and Welcome
9:45 a.m.      Start of individual tours


Overview of Individual Tours

City of Coral Gables Trolley Tour
(Lead by City of Coral Gables Public Works Department)

The planning of Coral Gables was influenced by the City Beautiful Movement of the late 1890s and early 1900s and was one of the many cities developed utilizing these national planning concepts. George Merrick transformed the area from a family citrus grove into a residential community with supportive public infrastructure. Participants in this tour will ride the Metrorail to Douglas Station, where they will board the free Coral Gables Trolley. Participants will be escorted through residential neighborhoods to learn about recently constructed sidewalk connections, high emphasis crosswalks and pedestrian signage installed as part of a pedestrian awareness campaign. The next stop will be to the recently reconstructed Miracle Mile and Giralda Plaza which provide a cohesive pedestrian-friendly experience with garden areas, outdoor dining, improved lighting, wayfinding, and public art.  Participants will have an opportunity to explore the center of Coral Gables on their own, where they can eat lunch, shop or even ride on the City’s scooters. A trolley ride back to Douglas Station will be provided at the end of the tour.

9:45 a.m.       Start of tour
11:45 a.m.     End of official tour
                          Participants explore on their own
1:15 p.m.      Trolley ride back to Douglas Station


City of Miami Beach Bike Tour
(Lead by City of Miami Beach Transportation Department)

Winner of the 2018 Safe Streets Community Award, the City of Miami Beach has taken enormous steps in prioritizing bicycle, pedestrian, and transit options for both its residents and people coming to the area. The City serves as an example for the implementation of not only Complete Streets, but also in building infrastructure that is resilient to future weather-related impacts. Participants in this tour will bike on a Citi Bike from Brightline’s MiamiCentral Station, through portions of the City of Miami and across the Venetian Causeway to the Meridian Ave/Lincoln Road area in Miami Beach. The bike ride will include stops at Sunset Harbor to learn about the resiliency improvements made in the area and at locations where Complete Streets elements have been implemented. The total bike route length is 5.5 miles with approximately 4 miles of the ride on dedicated green bike lanes. Participants will have an opportunity to explore the City Center/Lincoln Road area on their own, where they can eat lunch, shop or even visit the beach. A trolley ride back to MiamiCentral Station with a view of a future BERT demonstration and SMART plan project proposed on the Julia Tuttle Causeway will be provided at the end of the tour. Bikes and helmets will be provided to all registrants by Citi Bike.

9:45 a.m.       Start of tour
11:45 a.m.     End of official tour
                          Participants explore on their own
1:15 p.m.      Trolley ride back to MiamiCentral Station


Downtown Miami Walking/Metromover Tour
(Lead by Miami Downtown Development Authority)

For many years, the Miami DDA has implemented transportation improvements and realized placemaking elements to revitalize the downtown and waterfront area. The tour will highlight the implementation of Complete Streets and transit-oriented development (TOD) projects, the activation of open space like the Baywalk, and the collaboration with private developers to expedite and enhance changes to the area. The tour will start at MiamiCentral Station and then move on to explore the Complete Streets demonstration projects on SE 1st Street and NE 3rd Avenue, the Baywalk/Museum Park area, improvements planned for under the I-395 overpass, and Miami World Center. The tour will end at MiamiCentral and participants will have the opportunity to explore on their own the new 11-acre complex that offers shopping, dining, and a food hall.

9:45 a.m.       Start of tour
12:15 p.m.     End of official tour
                          Participants explore MiamiCentral


Brightline MiamiCentral Station
(Lead by Brightline)

Brightline is the only privately owned, operated and maintained passenger rail service in the United States. The recently opened station and rail service to Miami will significantly benefit the South Florida region and bring an extensive amount of redevelopment in the surrounding downtowns. The station tour will highlight the steps taken to implement this type of rail service in the region, the uniqueness of building a station in downtown Miami and incorporating opportunities for transit-oriented development, and the technology upgrades to make the service safe and the stations state-of-the-art. The walking tour of the station will start and end at MiamiCentral. Participants will have the opportunity to explore on their own the new 11-acre complex that offers shopping, dining, and the city’s first food hall.

9:45 a.m.       Start of tour
11:00 a.m.     End of official tour
                          Participants explore MiamiCentral


The Underline Walking Tour
(Lead by the Underline)

The Underline is focused on transforming an existing, outdated bike trail/maintenance road below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mi. linear park, urban trail, and community space. The Underline includes all the elements for improving community connection, increasing safety, promoting healthy active transportation, and creating better more accessible open space. Participants will see Phase 1, Brickell Backyard section of the Underline that begins construction by the end of 2018. The tour will start at MiamiCentral Station, travel by Metromover to Brickell Station and then include a 1-mi. roundtrip walk of the Brickell Backyard area. The tour will highlight the improvements that will be made from the Miami River to Coral Way, including the improved bike and walking trail, outdoor fitness area, art elements, community stage, dining table and gaming tables and sustainable landscaping. The tour will end in the Brickell area where participants will have the opportunity to explore and dine on their own.

9:45 a.m.       Start of tour
11:45 p.m.     End of official tour
                          Participants explore Brickell Area