The Miami Line Re-Lit Over The Miami River

Rockne Krebs - The Miami Line

Rockne Krebs - The Miami Line

As part of the Miami-Dade Art in Public Places Program, artist Rockne Krebs was commissioned to create "The Miami Line" in 1984. The colored bulbs extended 1,540 feet on the Metrorail tracks that created a colorful glow over the Miami River. 

Over the years the bulbs went out or were damaged. Eventually the lights burned out for good in 2012.

The City of Miami art in public spaces has restored the iconic Rockne Krebs' "The Miami Line" lighting exhibit along the Metrorail bridge that illuminates the river at night. Troy Taylor (VP, The Riverfront Master Association and Board President, The Mint Condo Association) joined with Brett Bibeau of the Miami River Commission 3 years ago, and Taylor states, "with the growing demand for luxury condos and trendy restaurants, along the Miami River I vowed 3 years ago that I could not let the lights go out on this Iconic landmark."

Although "The Miami Line" is partially re-lit an stops about halfway over the Miami River, only partial funding has been has been given so far, which includes 52 LED lights at a cost of $822,500, according to The Miami New Times.

Funds still need to be raised and budgeted to extend "The Miami Line" to its original length and on both sides of the Metrorail tracks.

Rockne Krebs' The Miami Line To Light Up Again

The Miami Line Over The Miami River

The Miami Line Over The Miami River

The neon lights that used to light over The Miami River called "The Miami Line", may finally light again in the next few weeks, according to The Miami New Times.

The neon lights on the Metrorail tracks are the work of artist Rockne Krebs, who was commissioned in 1984 to produce the work for the Miami-Dade Art in Public Places Program. Initially, the lights only spanned 300 feet, but was later extended to 1,540 feet.

When "The Miami Line" first debuted, the city was not known for its lighting and that section of town was very inactive. Over the years, Miami/Brickell has grown to include many colorful buildings such as The Miami Tower and Brickell World Plaza, that only enhance the city, especially at night.

Below are photos of The Miami Line in 2012 before the lights burned out.

Miami To Start Charging For Metromover

According to Miami Today, a Miami-Dade commission committee has approved a plan that will start charging for the currently free metromover. The metromover provides frees transportation through Brickell, Downtown Miami and the Omni District.

There was talk of charging $1 to ride the metromover, but no word on what the new charges would be. It would cost the city $475,000 a year to upkeep a fare collecting system.

How To Pay For Better Transit Service In Miami-Dade

Metromover In Brickell

As traffic in Miami is increasing, the city is trying to find ways to pay for better transit service according to the Miami Herald

This would include dedicated lanes for buses, extending the Metrorail and a link between Miami and Miami Beach paid through private partnerships. 

There has been recent talk of charging $1 for the Metromover, which is currently free.

Friends Of The Underline Campaign For Metrorail Bike Path

Metrorail Tracks In Brickell

Friends of the Underline are campaigning for a 10 mile bike path and park underneath the Metrorail line from Brickell to Dadeland according to the Miami Herald.

The group will have a competition for a design firm to create a master plan for the project with plans to announce a winner on February 2. 

Ideas for this project have been talked about since last year.

A Ride Along The Metromover - The Brickell Loop Time-lapse

The metromover is a free transit system in Downtown Miami that connects the Brickell, Park West and Omni neighborhoods. It opened in 1986 with the Brickell Loop opening in 1994. The stations are easily assessable and the metromover provides an excellent way for exploring Downtown Miami.