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New transportation- Miami Beach fast tracks $400 million dollar Miami light rail project

Miami Beach city officials are fast-tracking plans to build a light rail system in South Beach that would eventually connect the barrier island to mainland Miami. The city commission on Wednesday will reportedly consider a recommendation to begin negotiations with Alstom, the French rail firm and lead bidder for the nearly $400 million project.

Three firms threw their hats into the ring for the public-private partnership, according to the Miami Herald, with the primary difference in their designs being the way they’re powered.

In order to speed things along, Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales has recommended the city begin negotiations with Folstrom, and move on to the secondary bidder — Connect Miami Beach — should those talks fall through. Miami Beach Mobility Partners is the third bidder in the running.

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