Our vision is to transform the underutilized land below Miami’s MetroRail, from the Miami River to Dadeland South Station, into an 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.
Station - Brickell Now
Station - Brickell After, courtesy LandscapeDE
Park - University of Miami Now
Park - University of Miami After, courtesy Anna Baez
Trail - Vizcaya Now
Trail - Vizcaya After, courtesy UM School of Architecture
Intersection - Bird Road Now
Intersection - Bird Road After, courtesy UM School of Architecture
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.
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. A Spring 2014 studio class of ten students created concept design of the trail, park space, and intersection interventions. A Spring 2015 study is being conducted with concept ideas for transit oriented development at the University of Miami and Brickell Metrorail stations.
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 the input collected from surveys and public meetings, 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.
Friends of The Underline is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status.
We share the common goal of making our community more connected while growing our future economic base.
We have partnered with the Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation and Miami-Dade County Transit departments. Our committee includes architects, designers, urban planners, biking advocates, marketing experts, legal and accounting professionals, real estate developers, and more.
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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.
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.
The master plan will provide standards and requirements for the urban trail including trail widths and proposed materials. It will also include recommendations for lighting and wayfinding, seating, amenities, etc. The plan will also make proposals to improve crosswalks, intersections. Landscape recommendations will include a plant selection palette and placement.
The plan will also analyze a variety of funding sources and mechanisms for both construction and maintenance and the project's potential economic impact. When done, a cost estimator will price out the entire budget for landscape, urban trail, intersection interventions, etc. This will be the basis for a proposed budget.
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.
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.
We cannot plan for permanent structures underneath Transit's guideway per FTA requirements.
As part of the master planning contract, the design team will engage a professional cost estimator. Once the master plan is completed, the cost estimator will then execute a budget analysis that will be shared with the community.
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 www.theunderline.org
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.
We are currently seeking funding from both the public and private sectors for construction and ongoing maintenance.
One of our top priorities is getting the community involved. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your design comments.
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.
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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.
Please visit our "News" section on this website. Both the results of the public meetings and survey are posted.
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.