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Old 07-06-2017, 05:01 PM
 
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The joke is how low you ranked the Miami area on your list. Do I really have to list all the transit options that South Florida has? More than half the areas on that list have nothing to even compare to the scale of what's down there already, not to mention the massive transit projects they're building there as we speak. The population density alone compared to these other areas makes transit much easier. I'm sure someone else can chime in on how ridiculous your ranking is.
I agree, Miami has a much better than average transit system -- far superior to Phoenix, Orlando or even Houston. For one thing, Miami the city is small in land area and very dense -- IIRC it's density is close to Chicago's (I'll look it up later). The city has several walking districts convenient to rail, like the awesome Brickell district of north downtown... With the density and foot traffic around the shops, restaurants, high rise apts and hotels mixed in with Metrorail and Metro Mover, Brickell feels like New York or Chicago ... with palm trees.

Miami's Metrorail + the Metro Mover (the best such system in America, and it's Free!)+Tri-Rail, as it is, is very good. And Tri-Rail is in the process of doubling the size of its system (with the old Florida East Coast rail line) with service directly into downtown Miami and Ft Lauderdale. Metrorail still needs to expand to the north and the west, past Miami International airport and there still needs to be some form of rail across the bay into crazy/dense Miami Beach (aka South Beach). But overall, I consider it one of the best systems in the south.
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Old 07-06-2017, 08:50 PM
 
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With the density and foot traffic around the shops, restaurants, high rise apts and hotels mixed in with Metrorail and Metro Mover, Brickell feels like New York or Chicago ... with palm trees
Brickell has improved greatly recently, but let's not take it that far. It's hard because almost all U.S. downtowns have nothing like South Beach just a couple of miles away. Most people still go to South Beach for the things you talk about.

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Old 07-07-2017, 01:31 PM
 
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Brickell has improved greatly recently, but let's not take it that far. It's hard because almost all U.S. downtowns have nothing like South Beach just a couple of miles away. Most people still go to South Beach for the things you talk about.
I beg to differ. When you look at all the foot traffic and development in Brickell itself, against the backdrop of high rises along the bay -- a skyline that mirrors New York or Chicago's ... yeah, I'd say it's an apt comparison. South Beach may be more crowded on the ground, but that's largely because it's a narrow peninsula with tons of development along the last few block at the tip end. But Brickell is right there imho, and a reason why, lately when I've visited Miami, I've opted for the excitement and entertainment of Brickell with it's greater transit convenience, over the hassle of gridlock and expensive parking in SoBe.
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