About

The Friends of the Ludlam Trail is a non-profit coalition dedicated to the implementation of the Ludlam Trail.

From the Rails-to-Trails blog:

 The proposed Ludlam Trail provides a unique opportunity to develop a 6.2-mile multi-use trail through the heart of Miami-Dade County within the former Florida East Coast railway right-of-way. The trail will provide a safe dedicated and direct route for cyclists and pedestrians to schools, parks, work and shopping. The trail can connect more than 34,000 people within a half-mile, walkable service area to five greenways, five schools, four parks and two transit hubs.

The Friends of the Ludlam Trail represents the thousands of Miami-Dade County residents who want to see the Ludlam trail become an asset for the community as a running, biking, and walking trail. We see the Ludlam Trail project as a way of spurring job creation in our community, realizing immediate value increases for adjacent properties, and achieving a major transportation and recreation connection across the heart of the county.  Please join us!

 

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  • March 19, 2014 at 3:24 pm
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    So I’m curious, why not extend up along the airport, across 36th St, and into Virginia Gardens and Miami Springs? Springs already has developed a 2 mile bike path on Ludlam Dr and if you connected it just beyond Okeechobee Ave you could connect it to another point on the Metrorail and get it all the way into Hialeah. It could easily push the trail up beyond the ten mile mark. Is it because of development obstacles? I’d really like to know, thanks.

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  • March 20, 2014 at 6:04 am
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    I wholeheartedly support this! It’s important to have a safe trail to bike through. I agree with Erika. I’m sure they could also find a way to connect this to the Miami Intermodal Center which will really be great for multi-modal transportation.

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  • March 20, 2014 at 1:54 pm
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    Erika, the initial concept for the Ludlam Trail did take it through to Perimeter Road, which circles Miami International Airport. I’ve been told that after the 9/11 attacks, a federal agency advised the county to limit access to that road. Thus the current trail plan ends south of the 836 expressway. Your idea makes good sense to me, though. It’s something to keep in mind and work for as this effort gains a following.

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  • April 7, 2014 at 5:41 pm
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    I am a local resident adjacent to the trail. I am hearing that there are “real” active negotiations with the FECR-land and that some form of development is eminent. Unfortunately I am hearing that the competing interest at the table is residential development, townhouses squeezed inside the corridor, with some easement issues as well. Given the current zoning and lack of transparency with private land negotiations, this is a very threat. I am trying my best to learn more through various channels but it is challenging. Miami Dade parks is also considering a federal Tiger grant to look at the trail project. The plans on this site are just preliminary and not considered master.

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  • April 13, 2014 at 12:21 am
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    The main problem with going all the way to Perimeter Rd. is the active CSX railroad track north of Robert King High Park which the FEC corridor crosses. It’s very difficult to get permission to cross active tracks due to safety concerns.

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  • April 13, 2014 at 1:27 am
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    The two reports on this site done by the County are the Trail Design Guidelines and Standards and the Trail Benefits Study using Ludlam Trail as a case study for both documents. This kind of work is not the same thing as a Master Plan.

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    • August 29, 2014 at 5:15 pm
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      What’s your point, Scott?

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  • October 11, 2014 at 4:06 am
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    Please count me in. I am concerned that this valuable resource is about to be ruined! 786-564-1956.

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  • October 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm
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    I need the exact address where this Ludlam Trail is suppose to
    take place so far I can’t find any document that tells you exactly the address.

    Please provide us the voters with the proper information.

    Thank you

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  • October 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm
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    The Ludlam Trail as proposed by South Miami and the Miami-Dade parks department, as well as numerous civic groups including this one, would follow the unused railroad right-of-way from just north of Dadeland to the vicinity of the Dolphin Expressway. It’s a straight line north and south and it passes just west of South Miami High School. The county published a beautiful conceptual plan, with maps, drawings, and discussion, several years ago. There’s a link to it on this site, I believe.

    Unfortunately, the present rezoning request by the railroad’s real estate people takes the trail planning not one step further. It asserts that denser development near the proposed trail would help the trail be built, but the trail advocates I have discussed this with are not at all persuaded. I would go so far as to say that the rezoning request wraps itself in the greenway flag in hopes of raising the value of nearby land that the company owns or hopes to buy.

    Many of the people who objected to the rezoning at the community council meetings were upset about the prospect of multifamily dwellings being erected in neighborhoods that so far have been single-family. I don’t know that any opposed a trail on its own merits.

    There is a case to be made for finding new building sites close to the county’s population center. We have heard for years that the community was running out of buildable land close to where so many of us work or go to school. That is one reason we have seen development moving westward into the Everglades, threatening our water supply and creating ever-growing demands for roads, sewers, and other tax-supported facilities. Whether this corridor should be developed that way is a whole different question from whether to build the wonderful facility that most of us believe the Ludlam Trail can be.

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  • October 14, 2014 at 1:59 am
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    I also would like a detailed map of what you are proposing. I am VERY concerned with the traffic patterns within our residential neighborhoods. Having heavy traffic cutting through my street to access the trail is NOT of interest to me or my neighbors.

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    • November 14, 2014 at 2:30 am
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      I guess by now you know that this website is about a proposal for a foot and bike trail, not something used by motor vehicles. I wouldn’t imagine any heavy traffic going to the trail. Most cyclists would just bike there from their homes, and the parks department would be looking for suitable trailhead locations that wouldn’t impact neighbors.

      What I do think would create some traffic issues is the request that Florida East Coast Industries is making of the County Commission later this month. If they build townhouses along the corridor, as they propose, you can bet there will be additional motor traffic. You might want to talk with your commissioner about that.

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      • February 29, 2016 at 4:19 pm
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        Yes, I would ride my bike to the trail 2 miles away. I can’t wait.

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  • November 1, 2014 at 10:13 pm
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    From the time that the rails were removed from this corridor, there was always a plan to make it into a recreation green area for the community. If the county does not have the funds at this moment, why not just put it on the back burner until the funds are available?

    Selling this land and allowing construction to take place will only devalue the properties around it and rob our city from green areas that can only improve our quality of life. As it is, Miami is becoming an over populated asphalt jungle.

    LET’S KEEP MIAMI THE BEAUTIFUL CITY WE WANT TO ENJOY AND PASS ON TO OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN!

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  • November 8, 2014 at 8:59 pm
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    No estamos de acuerdo con lo que van a hacer, seria mejor una parque,pues me luce que se va congestionar mucho el trafico para el lugar pues necesitamos ms lugar para los niños del área le dire que vivo en la 50 terrace y la 67 ave y creo que nos va afectar;muy atentamente Norma

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  • November 10, 2014 at 7:17 pm
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    Submitted to: Miami Dade MPO
    Submitted by: THE CORRADINO GROUP, INC.
    November 2004
    Final Report: Rail Convertibility Study
    Recommendations
    FEC Ludlam Corridor
    This corridor has been designated as high priority for non-transit use. Given that a bicycle-pedestrian corridor is approved and programmed for development in this corridor it should be carried forward and viewed as a priority by the MPO.

    Miami-Dade County Bicycle/Pedestrian Plans and Proposals
    There are a number of bicycle/pedestrian plans and proposals being considered in Miami-Dade County. The North Dade Greenways Master Plan proposed the following facilities along rail corridors:
    Ludlam Trail (FEC Oleander Junction to Dadeland South)
    Ludlam Trail (CSX from Bird Road to North Kendall Drive)

    Greenways and Bicycle Plans
    The Ludlam Trail is similar to the Tri-Rail project discussed above. The Ludlam Trail extends along the FEC right-of-way from Oleander Junction to Dadeland North and connects to the CSX line at Bird Road to connect to North Kendall Drive. This project, like the SFRTA/Tri-Rail project, is not included in the LRTP.

    Project Ludlam Trail
    Rail Segment FEC Oleander Jct. to Dadeland South
    Train Operations 1
    R-O-W 100’
    # Crossings 15
    Land Use Single Family
    Connectivity Dadeland to Blue Lagoon
    Engineering Feasibility High
    Community Impacts Low
    Potential Patronage Low
    Costs Low
    User Benefit Low
    Funding Potential High

    Coordination with Existing Plans and Policies
    Ludlum Trail- FDOT, CSX, FEC, LRTP/MPO, County Comp Plan, Greenway Master Plan

    Corridor Evaluation and Presentation to Project Steering Committee
    FEC Ludlam Corridor
    Critical to Freight Operations No
    Potential for moving people
    Already has plans proposed as a bicycle/pedestrian project
    This use is substantiated by the evaluation of the steering committee for the corridor as high for moving people (by bicycle and pedestrian) and high for implementation
    Potential for implementation High for non-motorized
    Priority for joint use High

    5. Recommendations
    FEC Ludlam Corridor
    This corridor has been designated as high priority for non-transit use. Given that a bicycle-pedestrian corridor is approved and programmed for development in this corridor it should be carried forward and viewed as a priority by the MPO.

    Funding and Implementation
    Converting part of these corridors to recreation use as bicycle/pedestrian type areas is likely the initially most probable non-PTP opportunity for making use of the corridors. As noted above, the corridor south of 72nd Street is of particular note. The inclusion of a greenway and pedestrian/nonmotorized trail as part of the ROW area would encourage the greatest potential for outside funding. Over the last few years, the State of Florida has facilitated the granting of funds for greenways and trails through the Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) within the Department of Environmental Protection. This office administers three grant programs and offers technical assistance to eligible governments for planning, designing, constructing, funding and maintaining greenways and trails.
    Historically, these funds have been utilized much more for traditional style trails for hiking, biking, and horse riding through the more rural areas of the State which have been included in Florida’s Statewide Master Greenways and Trails Plan. Recently however, there has been increasing recognition of the need to fund urban trails and recognition of the more costly efforts for an urban trail over that of a more traditional, rural trail. It would be imperative that the County seek designation of any proposed corridor as part of the Statewide Greenways and Trails Map. Additionally, the Corridor should be added to the County’s Bikeway Plan to ensure its inclusion in the County program. The recreational characteristics of such a trail would also lead to potential funding from by another State source, the Florida Recreation and Development Assistance Program (FRDAP). While FRDAP funding is limited to $200,000 per application, each government can have two open grants and there is no reason why several municipalities along the corridor cannot combine projects to forward the goals of an overall plan.
    The power of all of the entities along the a coalition corridor could also lead to direct appropriation through the Florida Legislature as well as through the U.S. Congress. The project is for the public good and could serve as an excellent pilot project for an urban trail and alternative transportation route through an urban setting. These are not traits that go unnoticed by governing bodies nor by public grant program administrators. Furthermore, the portability of the urban trail model has potential to lead to private foundation funding as well. It is often the case that private foundations seek to fund projects that can be used as this type of model to forward the foundation’s goals and the public programs and policies they try to shape.
    http://miamidadempo.org/library/studies/rail-convertibility-study-final-2004-11.pdf

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  • November 10, 2014 at 7:22 pm
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    Half-Baked Transit Plans Resurface At County Commission
    By Tony Garcia On August 4, 2011 · 19 Comments
    http://www.transitmiami.com/transit/half-baked-transit-plans-surface-in-county-commission

    A better start would be to use the Ludlam trail from Dadeland Station to the Airport for light rail service (not bus). That would finally create a complete loop around Miami-Dade County, and set the stage for expansions to the suburban reaches of the county.
    http://www.miamidade.gov/mpo/docs/MPO_ctac_presentation_20110112_fec_connection.pdf

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  • November 11, 2014 at 2:21 pm
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    Let’s make this happen!!

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  • November 11, 2014 at 10:28 pm
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    ALREADY GOT APPROVAL FROM THE COUNTY??? MAYOR?? FDC??
    CITY OF WEST MIAMI 901 S.W. 62ND AVENUE WEST MIAMI, FL 33144
    http://WWW.CITYOFWESTMIAMIFL.COM
    AGENDA REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING AMENDED WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2014 7:30 P.M. CITY HALL, COMMISSION
    sponsored by Eduardo H. Muhiña Mayor

    Juan M. Blanes Vice-Mayor Commissioner Luciano L. Suarez Rhonda A. Rodriguez

    11. NEW BUSINESS AGENDA ITEMS:
    item 11b
    B) PRESENTATION BY FLORIDA EAST COAST INDUSTRIES RE: 70TH AVENUE CORRIDOR CONCEPT FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT. (SPONSORED BY MAYOR MUHIÑA)(ROLY MARANTE & JOSE GONZALEZ, FLORIDA EAST COAST INDUSTRIES)

    C) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF WEST MIAMI, FLORIDA, IN SUPPORT OF THE PROPOSED MIAMI-DADE COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT MASTER PLAN CHANGE REQUESTED BY FLAGLER DEVELOPMENT FOR THE LUDLAM TRAIL RAIL CORRIDOR; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (MAYOR AND CITY COMMISSION) MOTION:SECOND:VOTE:4-0 Item Passes

    start clock 8:04pm to 8:13pm
    start video time 19:00 min to 28:20 min

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZGchinvCuc&feature=player_detailpage#t=1131

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  • November 20, 2014 at 6:39 pm
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    I love the idea of a rails-to-trail project right here in Miami. But there is a big problem: how do hikers and bikers cross Sunset, Miller and worst of all, Bird Rd.? It is extremely dangerous to cross the six lanes of fast traffic on Bird Rd at any time of the day in the designated cross walks. Does the trail require new traffic lights or bridges? Another traffic light between SW 72 Ave. and Ludlum (SW 67 Ave.) would probably not be approved by the County.
    Of course, a residential project in the old rail land would require exits into these busy streets, requiring cut-throughs in the medians that presently separate the traffic lanes, or the residents can only head one way out of the developments; only right turns on Sunset, Miller and Bird. And good luck on making a left turn even if a cut is made for this purpose. Ever tried to make a turn to the West from the Ludlam Post Office?

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  • November 27, 2014 at 6:17 pm
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    I think this is an outstanding idea. I doubt the condo & townhouse this will pass but the path and park ideas are wonderful. I just came back from biking on 57th Avenue and you have to cross on Kendall twice on street lights that are not straight to difficult to see when crossing. The concern are the kids that I had to guide through! Those who are against it worry me because this is perfect to keep kids and families playing outdoor instead of sitting and playing gadgets. We need this Miami….being 2 blocks from my home which would be perfect for the children. This now is not a “green area” like some above are stating, its a waste of perfect space that could be used for the right reasons.

    AG

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  • June 1, 2015 at 10:58 am
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    Is it currently paved and is it accessible from the M-Path? Where in south Miami can I catch it.

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  • June 3, 2015 at 2:54 pm
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    Hi Carlos – No it is not paved. We are working on making the M-Path connection around Dadeland station.

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  • October 19, 2016 at 6:10 am
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    The ludlam trail should be discontinued and have the florida east coast railroad brought back on there with one end of it reaching from sw 11th st west miami to down south to homestead florida with passenger and freight trains running on there!

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  • June 29, 2017 at 9:24 pm
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    What will happen to the homes along the trail? How will they be protected? Will there be some type of barrier separating the homes from the trail? I live along the trail and I’m very concerned by would be intruders etc. Where will people park? How will this now effect the ever so wonderful traffic we are currently experiencing?

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  • July 19, 2017 at 12:10 am
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    I have just heard on excellent authority from a friend that was at a county meeting today that the latest plan is a “light rail” along with a paved path from the Intermodal Center to Dadeland South Station. According to my source they are using the Atlanta Beltline as the model.
    What if anything have you heard about this? My home backs up to the trail on 69th Ct.

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    • October 24, 2017 at 2:14 pm
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      Received advertisement letter from Arent Fox LLP, San Francisco, California, from a Mr. Mark F. (Thor) Hearne II, Partner, reference the potential of the federal taking of the property (imminent domain), bordering the proposed Ludlam Trail (called Miami-Dade County Trail in their letter) . The letter is saying they will represent home and business owners adjacent to the Trail who file a claim for fair compensation when the federal government confiscates their land. Otherwise, the property can be taken without compensation. They are holding meetings at the Spring Hill Suites, 6700 NW 7 St., Miami, today at 12 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. Initial plans don’t show existing properties being affected.

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      • December 4, 2017 at 8:54 pm
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        I received a similar letter late November. Do you have any additional information. I own a home adjacent to the trail and worry it will be taken by imminent domain to complete this project.

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  • October 16, 2017 at 11:47 pm
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    Magnifico Proyecto Felicitaciones Cuando se iniciara?

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