Miami Trolley Trails
Hiding in plain sight are green corridors which can be retooled to add new parks, jobs, bike & walking trails, and light scaled rail transit
What a ROW transformed into a Trolley Trail could be. A space for all to use.
Miami is one of the flattest cities in the U.S. with one of the most generous allotments of Rights of Way (ROW’s) to utilities and infrastructure. This flatness has allowed for the ingenious engineering of land, from canals to tame the Everglades, railway corridors which, either heavily used or abandoned, remain sacred space, to high tension power lines that elegantly traverse urban and wild tropical landscapes equally.
These ROW’s are also underutilized. What if these vital arteries were expanded to do more and give more to the people, and link us in new and interconnected ways?
There’s currently 65 mi. of canals, 30 mi. of FPL high tension elec. corridors, and 50 mi. of average speed railroad corridors, all with ample ROW width that could accommodate more uses. These corridors could provide new bike & walking trails, new parks, and an alternative transit system powered by locals.
Instead of scraping the original 300 metrorail cars being replaced this yr. we keep them all, train local residents how to retool them to run! Power them with solar power, and automated them to pick up people along these arteries, on demand through the power of an app, to take them as close as possible to their final destination, linking up with a last mile provider to reach where they want to go.
With trails that accommodate all pedestrian uses we could not only have new green spaces for bike trails & leisure but a new supportive transit infrastructure that can complement the existing system.