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The Underline Project is paving the way for a greener, connected future

Breaking ground on the final phase of The Underline—Miami-Dade's innovative green corridor

The groundbreaking for the last section of "The Underline" was held in Miami-Dade County on September 12, 2023. This bold project will stretch across 10 miles. As a multimodal corridor, it will transform urban life and transportation beneath the Metrorail line.

District 7 Commissioner Raquel Regalado and District 4 Commissioner Manolo Reyes celebrated the groundbreaking as a milestone for fostering a vibrant, sustainable future for Miami-Dade County. Accessible green spaces, active transportation, and shared experiences are set to enrich the lives of residents and visitors alike.

person addressing at the event of The underline project

Connecting communities: Phase 3 of The Underline

The Underline's third phase connects the Vizcaya and Dadeland South metro stops along SW 19th Avenue, a distance of 7.36 miles. The many neighborhoods of Miami, South Miami, Coral Gables, and unincorporated Miami-Dade County are all interconnected in this section. When finished, it will include dedicated bike lanes and sidewalks, better lighting and signage, public Wi-Fi, and more.

District 5 Commissioner Eileen Higgins applauded the partnership with The Underline, underlining the vital role of government activation in creating vibrant community spaces. Phase 1, known as "Brickell Backyard," has already provided a glimpse of the project's potential, with Phase 2 set to complete later this year.

Raquel Regalado, Eileen Higgins, Meg Daly and others posing for picture at the underline project

A greener, connected future beckons

The Underline offers a future in which the safety of pedestrians and cyclists is prioritized, while also improving accessibility to 8 Metrorail stations. More than a hundred thousand people live within ten minutes of the trail, and it is expected that they would benefit from the easier access to nearby amenities including public transit, schools, hospitals, shopping centers, and hundreds of companies.

This collaborative effort, bringing together public and private sectors, federal, state, county, and city entities, will see The Underline's Phase 3 funded by a coalition of sources, including Miami-Dade County, the City of Coral Gables, City of Miami, the US Department of Transportation, and the Florida Department of Transportation. Completion of Phase 3 is expected in 2026.

Meg Daly, founder, and CEO of Friends of The Underline, expressed gratitude for the collective effort, emphasizing the project's goal of enhancing residents' quality of life through multimodal transportation, nature, resiliency, and community amenities.

As we witness the transformative power of The Underline project, it's an invitation to embrace a greener, more connected future for Miami-Dade County. To stay informed about groundbreaking developments in Miami and beyond, make sure you’re subscribed to our email updates. Small businesses in Miami can also find support and opportunities with Calle Ocho News for all your advertising needs.

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