In late February, the vice mayor tagged Musk and TBC in a tweet, asking the billionaire and his tunneling company to consider a North Miami Beach project. The Miami Herald obtained documents revealing Joseph and his staff plan to build a transit tunnel under State Road 826 between the Golden Glades exchange and the city of Sunny Isles Beach, with an extension along Biscayne Boulevard.
The vice mayor spoke with TBC several times in March and has scheduled a follow-up call for early April. He hopes Musk’s underground people-mover could ease congestion in the city, especially on State Road 826 where many tourists pass through.
“It overburdens the road and people in the community. On the same road that locals are trying to get home, people are trying to get to the beach. We’re open to this conversation [with TBC] because we think it will add a lot of value to the community,” Joseph told Business Insider.
The city does not have a budget proposal for the project yet. Joseph suggested money from tolls might help pay for the project. The vice mayor also said President Joe Biden’s $3 trillion infrastructure bill could cover the project if it passes.
Miami City Mayor Francis Suarez stated he would seek federal funding to build a TBC transit system. He shared his plans to broach the subject with U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. Like Joseph, Suarez doesn’t seem reliant on federal funding for the TBC transit system to push forward.