Miami’s Metrorail transit system, the majority of which runs above ground, stretches 24 miles from south to north in the city. But the areas underneath the metro’s two lines, covered in dirt, grass, and asphalt, are mostly unused by residents.
Now the city is turning 10 miles of space beneath to Metrorail into a new park and pedestrian path that will connect South Miami, Coral Gables, and downtown Miami.
Construction is underway and should wrap up by 2020. Check out the project below.
The photo below shows what the underpass currently looks like. The Underline was designed by James Ramsey of Raad Studio, the creator of New York's famed elevated park on a former abandoned railroad, the Highline.
Much like the High Line, the Underline will incorporate native flowers and vegetation. The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will provide many of the plants.
The plan calls for two parallel paths. One path for cyclists will be 10 feet wide and another for pedestrians will be eight feet wide.
... as well as an outdoor fitness area. There will also be art and events programming open to the public in a few of the larger park spaces.
The path will be built underneath six metro stations, which Underline users will be able to access by stairs.
The goal of the project is to transform the underutilized land below the Metrorail, and provide more car-free space for Miami residents to gather, walk, play, and bike. Here's what one stretch of underpass will look like before and after the Underline is complete:
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