3 Project Purpose and Need Complete missing double-track section of Tri-Rail system (SFRC). Improve Tri-Rail travel time and schedule adherence. Improve system connection into the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC). Address operational bottleneck (Tri-Rail/Amtrak/Freight). Project is included in Miami-Dade’s Long Range Transportation Plan.
4 Existing Conditions: Corridor Single-Track Section o Rail corridor right-of-way is ~60 ft. Hialeah Market Station o Temporary end of Tri-Rail System while new MIC/MIA Station is under construction. o Single platform on the west side. o Adjacent Hialeah Seaboard Air Line Railway Station building is NRHP listed. Miami International Airport Station o Currently under construction at the MIC. o Expected to re-open in late 2014. o Will be end of the Tri-Rail System.
5 Existing Conditions: Miami River Bridge Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge o Constructed in 1920s. o NRHP eligible historic structure. Limited Bridge Openings o On-Call bridge tender. o 48 hour notice required. AirportLink Metrorail Extension o New fixed bridge with 40-foot vertical clearance in close proximity to SFRC. Navigable Section of Miami River o Extends approximately 1,000 feet upstream of SFRC to the Flood Control Structure.
6 Physical Constraints Vertical Constraints o SR 112 (Airport Expressway) Overpass to the north o Metrorail AirportLink to the south o At-Grade crossings at North River Drive and South River Drive Horizontal Constraints o SFRC Right-of-Way (~60 ft.) o SR 112 (Airport Expressway) Piers o Metrorail AirportLink Piers
7 Bridge Standards AirportLink is the limiting vertical clearance for this portion of the Miami River 40-foot fixed bridge Existing horizontal clearance is ~60 feet Existing vertical clearance is ~6 - 8 feet
8 MDX SR 836/SR 112 Interconnector Master Plan Concept
9 Proposed Interconnector Glide Path AirportLink SFRC Bridge N
10 Miami River Bridge Adjacent Property Owners 1.Eugene Eisenberg TRS Vacant Marina 2.SFWMD Flood Control Structure 3.MDX 4.River Properties Inc. Red Coach Bus 5.BRACUSA LLC SuperMix Concrete Batch Plant 6.MDT 7.FPT Florida Land LLC 8.Miami-Dade County GSA 3 2 1 5 4 6 7 7 8
11 Conceptual Alternatives Evaluation Rail Corridor Options o Two-track o Three-track o Four-track Operational Analysis determined that 2-Track Alternative will accommodate future demand Miami River Crossing Options o Rehabilitate/Maintain existing Moveable Bridge A.Add New Movable Bridge B.Add New Fixed Bridge o Remove Existing Moveable Bridge C.Construct New Fixed Bridge D.Construct New Movable Bridge
12 Bridge Alternatives: (1) Rehab Existing, New Moveable
13 Bridge Alternatives: (2) Rehab Existing, New Fixed
14 Bridge Alternatives: (3) Remove Existing, New Fixed
15 Bridge Alternatives: (4) Remove Existing, New Moveable
17 Hialeah Market Station – Preferred Alternative Center Platform At-Grade Access
18 Environmental Documents Cultural Resource Assessment Survey (CRAS) SHPO concurrence: February 24, 2014 Tribal Letters Submitted March 5, 2014 Received request from Muscogee Tribe to be a consulting party Completed Support Documents Wetland Evaluation Contamination Screening Assessment Noise Air Quality Endangered Species Biological Assessment (ESBA)
19 Environmental Documents National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) eligible Section 106 consultation required Section 4(f) required Requires demonstration that: No feasible and prudent alternative exists All possible planning to minimize harm
20 NEPA Environmental Assessment (EA) FTA Lead Federal Agency USCG as Co-Lead Schedule/submittals: Submit to DRAFT EA FTA – September 2014 Final Draft EA (to FTA) – December 2014 FTA Approval of EA for Public Availability – January 2015 Public Hearing – April 2015 Section 106 and Section 4(f) – April 2016 Approval of EA/FONSI – April 2016
21 Agency Coordination FDOT District Four FDOT District Six Federal Transit Administration Miami-Dade County Regulatory & Economic Resources Miami-Dade Expressway Authority Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization Miami-Dade Transit Miami River Commission Miami River Marine Group South Florida Water Management District US Army Corps of Engineers US Coast Guard
22 Coordination Meetings to Date January 31, 2013 – Agency/Stakeholder Meeting March 26, 2013 – Miami River Marine Group August 1, 2013 – USCG and USACE September 11, 2013 – USACE October 10, 2013 – SFWMD October 28, 2013 – MRC (Staff) November 5, 2013 – FTA November 6, 2013 – Public Meeting November 20, 2013 – USACE Meeting (Jacksonville) December 2, 2013 – MRC December 4, 2013 – Miami-Dade TARC
23 Coordination Meetings to Date February 13, 2014 – USCG February 21, 2014 – MDX March 26, 2014 – USCG and USACE April 10, 2014 – FTA April 16, 2014 – SuperMix Parcel (Property Owner) April 23, 2014 – Eisenberg Parcel (Property Owner) May 1, 2014 – SFWMD May 21, 2014 – Red Coach Parcel (Property Owner) June 16, 2014 – MDX Follow-up July 3, 2014 – MRC July 16, 2014 – MRC UIWG August 7, 2014 – MRMG Upper River Waterway Task Force
24 USCG and USACE Meetings Recap USCG asked to be a co-lead review agency on the EA. NEPA must be complete prior to USCG reviewing bridge permit. USACE has jurisdiction over Federal Channel. Section 408 permit required for impact to federal flood program or navigation. Low level fixed bridge is possibility. Requires redefining the limits of the Federal Channel USACE lead for de-authorization Processed via Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA)
25 Recent Meetings Recap Met with MRC Staff on July 3 rd Brett Bibeau (Managing Director) and Jim Murley (Chair of Urban Infill Working Group) Request for better maintenance of Downtown Distributor rail spur Evaluate opportunity for all bridge alternatives to be aligned on west of existing bridge to avoid ROW acquisition from parcels to east Consideration of potential for any acquired parcels to be leased or re-purposed for marine-related uses Met with MRC UIWG on July 16 th Mark Bailey requested presentation to the MRMG in August Discussion of options of low-level fixed bridge vs. moveable bridge Met with MRMG on August 7 th FPT concern over property loss – asked to shift alignment of new bridge to west of existing bridge Concerns raised about traffic congestion and impacts during construction
26 Project Schedule FTA Approval of EA for Jan. 2015 Public Availability Public Hearing April 2015 Section 106 and Section 4(f) April 2016 FTA Approval of EA/FONSI April 2016 Complete 30% DesignEnd of 2016 26
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