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, Freight rail corridors, to High Tension power lines that elegantly traverse urban and wild tropical landscapes equally. These corridors have mostly remained sacred space for these utilities.
While a vital asset, these ROW’s are also underutilized for the potential value they hold. 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 be unlocked to the public and provide a new system of bike & walking trails, new parks, and an alternative transit system powered by the ingenuity of the people.
Imagine, if instead of scraping the original 300 Metrorail cars being replaced this year we should keep them all and 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 can 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.