The Underline will transform the land below Miami's Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and living art destination.

Vision

Our vision is to transform the underutilized land below Miami’s MetroRail, from the Miami River to Dadeland South Station, into a 10-mile iconic linear park, world-class urban trail and living art destination.

The Underline will connect communities, improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, create over a hundred acres of open space with restored natural habitats, encourage a healthy lifestyle, provide an easily accessible place to exercise, create a mobility corridor that integrates transit, car, biking and walking, provide a 10-mile canvas for artistic expression, attract development along US1, and generate significant economic impact.

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Building Connections

The 10-mile Underline will be Miami-Dade County’s first mobility corridor integrating all modes of transit. The Underline will connect to downtown and the Miami River Greenway on the north and to the proposed Ludlam Trail and the existing South Dade Trail on the south. This map shows many other proposed connections.

The Underline will be the spine of this future network of 250 miles of trails.

The Underline is the spine of a future connected network of countywide bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure and trails.
Click the map for a closer look.

Design

James Corner Field Operations 

Through a competitive process, James Corner Field Operations of New York City was selected to create the master plan for The Underline 10 mile linear park and urban trail.  With  input collected from surveys and 6 public meetings the plan was completed in late December, 2015.  We will proceed with design plans and secure funding for construction.  Join now to become a Friend of The Underline so we can keep you up-to-date during the design process.

Click here to see the master plan.

UM School of Architecture Studies

The University of Miami School of Architecture has supported the Friends of The Underline initiative with student and faculty resources.  Led by Professor Rocco Ceo, a Spring 2014 studio class of ten students created concept design of the trail, park space, and intersection interventions.  A  Spring 2015 study was conducted with concept ideas for transit oriented development at the University of Miami and Brickell Metrorail stations.

Friends of The Underline

Friends of The Underline is a 501C3 non-profit organization advocating to transform the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and canvas for artistic expression to create a safer, more connected, mobile, and engaged community.

We have partnered with the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces and  Transportation departments.  Our board of directors and sub-committee members nclude architects, designers, urban planners, biking advocates, marketing experts, philanthropists, legal and accounting professionals, business leaders, real estate developers, and more.

Board of Directors

  • Meg Daly Founder and President
  • Parker Thomson Director
  • Roger Terrone Treasurer, Chair Finance & Governance Committee
  • Jessi Berrin, Co-Chair Health Advisory Committee
  • Rodolphe El-Khoury, Co-Chair Design Advisory Committee
  • Dr. Ted Feldman, Health Advisory Committee
  • Arden Karson, Chair Fundraising Committee
  • Ken Krasnow, Real Estate Committee
  • Alfred Lurigados, Chair Transportation Committee
  • Josh Merkin, Chair Marketing & Outreach Committee
  • Margaret Nee, Real Estate Committee
  • Brent Reynolds, Chair Real Estate Committee
  • Ralph Rosado, Chair Advocacy Committee
  • Roberto Rovira, Chair Design Advisory Committee
  • Mark Trowbridge, Chair Business Innovation Committee
  • Debi Wechsler, Chair Art Advisory Committee
  • Pete Wood, Chair Health Advisory Committee

Committee Members

  • George Abbott, YPO
  • Chris Adelke, YPO
  • Suzanne Amaducci-Adams, Real Estate
  • Matt Anderson, YPO
  • Daniel Balmori, YPO and Finance & Governance
  • Jeff Bass, Real Estate
  • Jason Bell, YPO
  • Tanya Bhatt, Marketing & Outreach: Running
  • Mitch Bierman, Transportation
  • Pat Birch, Real Estate
  • Tere Blanca, Real Estate
  • Stu Blumberg, Advocacy
  • Martin Bravo, YPO
  • Scott Brown, Health
  • Ken Bryan, Transportation
  • Valerie Cabrera Brugal, YPO
  • David Carson, YPO
  • Carmen Cartaya, Finance & Governance
  • Lowell Clary, Transportation
  • Natalee Collazo, The Underline Cycling Club
  • Michael Comras, Real Estate
  • Alex Daly, Marketing & Outreach: Social Media
  • Benjie de la Pena, Transportation
  • RJ de Varona, Real Estate
  • Andrea England, The Underline Cycling Club
  • Laura Ericksen, The Underline Cycling Club, Chair
  • Roberto Espejo, Design
  • Dr. Ted Feldman, Health
  • Gianni Feoli, Design
  • Keith Fernandez, YPO
  • Wilfredo Fernandez, YPO
  • Pedro Gonzalez, The Underline Cycling Club
  • Carly Grimm, YPO
  • Irene Hegedus, Design
  • David Henderson, The Underline Cycling Club
  • Hans Hertell, Finance & Governance
  • Michael Heuser, YPO
  • Arnaud Karsenti, Real Estate
  • Danny LaFeunte, YPO
  • Alex Larmier, YPO
  • Carolina Lizarralde, YPO
  • Joanna Lombard, Health
  • AnaMarie Garces, Health
  • Patricia Garcia-Velez Hanna, Art
  • Sue Kawalerski, The Underline Cycling Club
  • Marsh Kriplen, Design
  • George Lindemann, Art
  • Francine Madera, The Underline Cycling Club
  • Cristina Mas, YPO Chair
  • Patricia Massey, The Underline Cycling Club
  • Mindy McIlroy, Business Innovation
  • Rebecca Monson, YPO
  • Gabi Morello, YPO
  • Monica Ochaney, YPO
  • Grace Perdomo, Design
  • Claudia Pernudi, YPO
  • Peter Pessoa, YPO
  • Alex Peters, YPO
  • Marcos Puente, YPO
  • Matthew Pinzur, Health
  • Tony Quevedo, Construction
  • Stefanie Reed, Art
  • Elisa Rodriguez-Vilar, YPO
  • Henry Rueda, Design
  • Adriano Salucci, YPO
  • Rick Schatz, Real Estate
  • Evan Schlecker, Real Estate
  • Vinay Seshacheliam, YPO
  • Nicole Shiman, Real Estate
  • Clayton Solomon, Finance & Governance
  • Gian Stratos, YPO
  • Melissa Tapanes, Real Estate
  • Steve Tonkinson, YPO
  • Peter Turner, Marketing
  • Cesar Trasobares, Art
  • Marta Viciedo, Health
  • Andrea Vigil, YPO
  • Steve Wernick, Real Estate
  • Colin Worth, The Underline Cycling Club
  • Eric Zichella, Transportation

Public Funders & Sponsors

  • MIami-Dade County
  • State of Florida
  • City of Miami
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • City of Coral Gables
  • City of South Miami

Underline and Brickell Backyard Founders

  • Swire Properties, Underline Founder
  • The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Underline Founder
  • Pinnacle Housing Group, Brickell Backyard Founder
  • Publix Charities, Brickell Backyard Founder
  • Banyan Street Capital, Brickell Backyard Founder
  • Mary Brickell Village, Brickell Backyard Founder

Donors & Supporters

  • ArtPlace America
  • Hogan Lovells
  • University of Miami School of Architecture
  • Florida Blue
  • Miami Foundation
  • The Mitchell Wolfson Foundation
  • Frank & Zully Castro
  • Comras Company
  • GSK Advisors
  • 13th Floor/Adler Group
  • Health Foundation of South Florida
  • Meg & John Daly
  • NP International
  • SoMi Magazine
  • Leslie Miller Saiontz
  • Cowles Charitable Trust
  • People for Bikes
  • rbb Communications
  • TaraInk
  • Baptist Health South Florida
  • Related's Brickell Heights
  • The Clinton Family Fund
  • Roger Terrone
  • Fine & Greenwald Foundation
  • Rails to Trails
  • Greenberg Traurig

Partners

  • Miami-Dade County Transit Department
  • Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department
  • University of Miami School of Architecture
  • The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • The Miami Foundation
  • The Health Foundation of South Florida
  • SOMI Magazine

Endorsements

  • Miami-Dade County
  • City of Miami
  • City of Coral Gables
  • City of South Miami
  • Beacon Council
  • ChamberSOUTH
  • Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce
  • Village of Pinecrest
  • Village of Palmetto Bay
  • AIA Miami Chapter
  • APA FL Gold Coast Section
  • Bakehouse Art Complex
  • Baptist Health South Florida
  • Bike Coconut Grove
  • Bike SoMi
  • Bike Walk Coral Gables
  • Bike 305
  • Bottle & Bottega
  • Brickell Homeowners Association
  • Building.co
  • Coconut Grove Village Council
  • Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce
  • The Downtown Development Authority
  • East Coast Greenway Alliance
  • Emerge Miami
  • Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • Friends of the Ludlam Trail
  • Friends of the MPath
  • Gridics
  • Goldstein Schechter Koch
  • The League of American Bicyclists
  • Lowe Art Museum
  • Magic City Bicycle Collective
  • MIAMI Association of REALTORS
  • Miami-Dade County MPO BPAC
  • Miami-Dade County MPO TARC
  • The Mitchell Wolfson Foundation
  • Netherlands Consulate General In Miami
  • PeopleForBikes
  • Perricone's Restaurant
  • U.S. Representative Ileana Ros Lehtinen
  • Riviera Neighborhood Association (RNA)
  • Salazar Jackson LLP
  • South Miami Bike Shop
  • Swire Properties
  • TrAC
  • University of Miami
  • Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

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FAQ

Who thought up the idea of The Underline?

Friends of The Underline founder, Meg Daly, broke both of her arms in 2013. Since she couldn't drive and had to go to physical therapy, she took Metrorail near her home and walked underneath the train tracks to her final destination. In the shade of the tracks, she wasn't that hot, even though it was July. She also noticed how wide the corridor is and that she was the only person using it. At that moment, she thought this land could be a linear park space and enhanced urban trail.

Who is the professional master plan design team and how were they selected?

Through a competitive process, James Corner Field Operations (JCFO) was selected as the master plan design team from a field of 19 applicants. This team has been engaged to create a master plan framework and detail for two demonstration projects. The companies working in collaboration with JCFO include Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Kimley-Horn, HR&A Advisors, HLB Lighting, and Pentagram.

Future construction documents, construction and project management will also require professional teams. Click here to see the master plan.

What does the master plan provide?

The master plan provides standards and requirements for the urban trails including trail widths and proposed materials. It also includes recommendations for lighting and wayfinding, seating, amenities, etc. The plan proposes improvements to crosswalks, intersections. Landscape recommendations include a plant palette and placement. There are also proposals for destination parks.

The master plan includes an economic impact study and project cost based on the master plan design. Click here to see the master plan.

What studies were referenced for the master plan?

The May 2007 MPO Metrorail M-Path master plan by Kimley-Horn, the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces master plan, MDT's M-Path improvements (ongoing), the University Station Bicycle/Pedestrian overpass and the ThinkBike 2015 report.

Where will The Underline begin and end?

On the north end, The Underline begins at the Miami River north of the Brickell Metrorail station. On the south end, The Underline will end at Dadeland South Metrorail station.

How are the University of Miami studies being used?

The University of Miami School of Architecture generously offered university resources for conceptual planning for the initiative. All of the student work, which was pro bono, has been provided to the master plan design team.

Will you add buildings underneath the Transit guideway?

We cannot plan for permanent structures underneath Transit's guideway per FTA requirements.

What is the total budget for The Underline's design and implementation?

The total cost is $110-$120 million which includes:
$80 Million for the two trails, lighting, seating, and other amenities
$20 Million for intersection improvements (over 30 intersections)
$20 Million for destination parks.

What is the economic impact of The Underline?

Please see the complete study here. Highlights are:

Residential real estate appreciation - properties directly abutting the 10-mile corridor will see up to a 25% increase in value. Properties as far away as 1/3rd mile will see a up to a 5% increase in value for a total $300-$485 Million in increased taxable value and $120-$200 Million in new tax revenue over 20 years.

New development - There is currently $3 Billion in planned new development near the corridor which will create $150 Million incremental assessed value and $60 Million in new tax revenue over 20 years.

Job creation - 1,000 new jobs from construction and 400 jobs annually.

Economic activity - $170 Million in total economic output during construction and $50 Million in annually after completion.

How long will it take to finish The Underline?

Projects with similar vision and scope have taken a decade to complete. You can help us build it in less time by supporting the initiative and donating to the cause at www.theunderline.org

How will the project be funded?

We are fully funded for our master planning. Funders include the cities of Miami, Coral Gables, and South Miami and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Miami Foundation, the Health Foundation of South Florida and the Mitchell Wolfson Foundation.

For construction, we have raised:
$3 Million in Miami-Dade County road impact fees
$1 Million in City of Miami park impact fees from District 2
$1 Million FDOT TAP Grant awarded to Miami Dade Parks & Recreation

Future funding will be from public and private sources. Trail and intersection components will be supported by public parks, destination parks will be supported with private sources.

What have similar projects cost to build?

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail - 8 miles in downtown Indianapolis, 30 feet wide, $8 Million/Mile. The Atlanta Beltline - 22 mile loop around Atlanta, 6 miles completed, current trail under construction is $14 Million/Mile. The Chicago 606 - Elevated trail (abandoned rail corridor 30 feet wide), 3 miles long + ground level parks - $35 Million/Mile.

What is The Underline Cycling Club?

A free bike club to show that biking is a fun, safe and a healthy way to enjoy our cities. We will have group bike rides the first Sunday of the month for cyclists of all levels to explore the future Underline and its surrounding neighborhoods and attractions by bike. Registration for each bike ride will be on Eventbrite.

Do I need to become a member of The Underline Cycling Club?

All monthly bike rides are free and open to the community. We would appreciate donations (see theunderline.org/donate) of any amount to support our free-to-the-public biking club.

What do I need to do to ride with The Underline Cycling Club?

Please arrive at the published start time. Make sure your bike is in working order. Bring water, a bike helmet and some cash in case you want to buy something along the way. Riders must be 12 years or older. All riders will be required to sign a liability waiver.

I have an idea for The Underline. How do I send it to you?

One of our top priorities is getting the community involved. Please email us at info@theunderline.org with your design comments or post on Facebook @theunderlinemia.

What are you doing about safety?

User safety is one of our biggest concerns. Currently the MPath, the bike path underneath MetroRail, has limited lighting or amenities, and needs wider and safer crosswalks. All of these, and other safety issues, are being addressed.

How do I get involved?

Click the Join button on the home page. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and make a donation.

How much open space will be provided by The Underline?

We used the 10 mile length of the corridor (52,800 feet) multiplied by 100 feet (average width of the corridor as determined by Miami Dade County Transit) is 121.21 acres. This is an estimate of the entire corridor including intersections. Since transit stations, parking, and other facilities encroach the corridor, we are using "100 hundred acres" as a working number until validated by the master plan and future surveys.

Where can I see the result of surveys and public meetings?

Please visit our "News" section on this website. Both the results of the public meetings and survey are posted.

Who is making The Underline happen?

Friends of The Underline are advocating for the transformation of the land below Metrorail from the Miami River to Dadeland South. The Friends group is working with County agencies (both Miami Dade Parks and Transportation departments) to raise government grants, including county, state and federal while the Friends group works to secure municipal and private funding. The management and programming of The Underline will be run by a public 501C3 represented by the County, FDOT, FTA (Federal Transit Authority), Friends of The Underline and three municipalities.

Who will build The Underline? Who will maintain and program it?

The Underline will be built by Miami-Dade County Parks Department. Management, maintenance and programming will be done by a public 501C3 (see previous question.)

Why is this a public private partnership?

The Underline is built on public land and we must follow best practices based on County policy. The private sector has proven to be able to activate, mobilize and champion individual projects, for example our own Arsht Center and nationally, many park conservancies including Central Park Conservancy

Why is The Underline starting at Brickell? Why is The Underline being built in phases?

The Brickell area has the most density, the least amount of green space and will be a very visible demonstration to the community to propel demand for the remaining phases to be funded and built. The Underline is being built in phases based on funding and to provide the least amount of impact to users of the existing path.

Why is The Underline only being built to the south?

The area underneath The Metrorail from the Miami River to Dadeland South (the footprint for The Underline) has one owner and is contiguous. Once over the river, the area under Metrorail is much more complicated because of land ownership, rights of ways, etc. We are mapping how to get over the river, and connect to north, west and east access points once The Underline is built.

We have a path already. Why do we need The Underline?

The existing path is not lit, meanders, which provide poor visibility and has many unsafe conditions. The Underline is not am improvement of the existing corridor, it is a transformation with 2 straightened, widened trails, lighting and many amenities, and native vegetation.

How will you control the noise from traffic?

We will be adding vegetation to absorb and dampen traffic noise. However, this is an urban trail in a dense area and there will always be noise.

Will there be bathrooms?

We are not contemplating bathrooms at this time. The Underline is contiguous to many commercial establishments that provide easily accessible public bathrooms

Will there be WiFi?

We would like have WIFI.

Will Miami-Dade Transit use the paths for their trucks?

Yes, as they do now. We have coordinated closely with Miami-Dade Transit to accommodate their maintenance and service access requirements.

What type of art?

Art will be selected and determined by Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places Friends of The Underline Art Advisory and is not designed at this time. As an ArtPlace Americas grantee, we are currently studying 4 temporary installations that will engage and activate the community.

Where will my donation go?

Friends of the Underline is a 501C3 non-profit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible and will be used to help us advocate and promote The Underline and administrate our organization. We really appreciate your support.

Who are The Underline Young Professionals Group and what do they do?

The Underline Young Professional Group, founded in April, 2016, came together to support the creation and activation of The Underline's public spaces. As stakeholders in this community, they recognize their role in encouraging participation and raising awareness in this important next step for Miami’s future.

Who are The Underline Art Advisory Committee and what do they do?

The Underline Art Advisory Committee is a team of curators, collectors, and art professionals guiding the artistic evolution of The Underline 10-mile linear park. Working in collaboration with The Underline master design team and Miami Dade County Art in Public Places, the Underline Art Advisory Committee is dedicated to building a world-class outdoor cultural venue for the residents and visitors of Miami. The committee plans to facilitate site-specific artistic interventions and installations that respond to The Underline's diverse communities and contexts. Three core principles drive the Underline Art Advisory Committee’s vision: 1. Curate a dynamic hybrid of celebrated permanent artworks and vibrant short-term visual and performing arts programming. 2. Draw upon the strengths of Miami’s existing cultural and civic institutions to highlight the quality and depth of the city’s existing art communities. 3. Promote interactive and inclusive artistic experiences that engage the people, neighborhoods, and transit users that connect the public to The Underline.