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Miami Mayor Francis Suarez Shares New Details About Possible Traffic-Reducing Tunnels

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CBS4's Eliott Rodriguez reports on what Mayor Suarez shared Monday.

Video Transcript

KARLI BARNETT: New at 5:30, traffic woes may soon be a thing of the past. The bold statement from City of Miami mayor Francis Suarez comes after his recent trip to Las Vegas to check out tunnels. We could soon learn how feasible tunnels would be here in South Florida.

ELIOTT RODRIGUEZ: That's right. Just days after Mayor Francis Suarez toured the Las Vegas tunnel system created by Elon Musk's The Boring Company, the mayor says this may be the key to beating congestion and revolutionizing travel in the city of Miami.

Miami mayor Francis Suarez back in town from a trip to Vegas, where he saw tunnels created by billionaire Elon Musk's The Boring Company. The mayor believes similar tunnels could come to Miami sooner than later.

FRANCIS SUAREZ: What we'll be working on is something that could potentially connect Brickell to Downtown, to the Grand Central Station, to Miami World Center, to the Omni area, to Edgewater, potentially to Wynwood.

ELIOTT RODRIGUEZ: When asked about how he would bridge together Miami in a cost-effective way for commuters, the mayor said to get across town could cost you as little as $10.

FRANCIS SUAREZ: The objective is to have a north-south system. We obviously want to work with Miami-Dade County. It would be a consumer model, where the customer would actually pay $5, $10. I think in Las Vegas, in the 43-mile loop, they have to pay, depending on the stop, $5 or $10 to get from one place to the other.

ELIOTT RODRIGUEZ: Suarez is urging city leaders to come together to talk about the construction of a tunnel system, and find a creative solution to alleviating South Florida's traffic woes.

FRANCIS SUAREZ: We have to start the process of having the conversation locally with our elected officials. We have to decide whether we will procure it independently, or as a piggy bank, which is-- you know, if it's a piggy back, it shortens that time tremendously. It could shorten a procurement from three to six months, to as little as a month to two months. And then, they actually built it in a year, from the minute they got the permits. What we're talking about now in connecting the city is significantly larger than that. So that would take more time.

ELIOTT RODRIGUEZ: The city of Fort Lauderdale is also exploring the idea of potentially adding a tunnel system for trains. The city hopes it, too, will alleviate traffic in some of their most congested areas.

Well, in Miami, Mayor Suarez says as of right now, there is no timeline to when potential construction would begin. Meeting with fellow commissioners and zoning officials will be the next step forward in breaking ground on the tunnel project.