P3 for Miami Beach light-rail project moving forward

Plans for a light-rail system in South Beach, Fla., that would connect to mainland Miami are moving forward. The project will be a public-private partnership (P3/PPP), and city officials are considering a recommendation to begin negotiations with a private rail firm on the $400 million project.

Three firms bid on the P3/PPP project. Officials are likely to begin negotiations with a French rail firm for the project and then move on to the secondary bidder if those negotiations are not confirmed. Prices would not be negotiated until a design is approved.

All three bidders on the project, which would make up about a third of the link that would connect mainland Miami to the beach, proposed the use of wireless cars that would run every six to seven minutes along Fifth Street, Washington Avenue, 17th Street and Alton Road.