Miami-Dade Breaks Ground on New Transit Center


The Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW), FL, has begun construction of a new Transit Operations Center that will charge, service, operate, maintain, and house its new sustainable fleet of battery-electric buses (BEBs).

The center is the first of its kind in the U.S., as it is the first all-electric facility and the first to accommodate up to 100 articulated, zero-emission BEBs.

WSP is providing design and construction services for the project, which will serve as a key component of the county’s climate action strategy to operate a cleaner, more sustainable transit system. The new facility also brings jobs and will better serve the mobility needs of the county’s fastest-growing area, which stretches from Homestead and Dadeland to Florida City.

“This groundbreaking is a proud moment for DTPW,” said Angel André Chavarria, senior vice president and alternative delivery project director at WSP. “Planning, design, and construction for this one-of-a-kind facility is a testament to the determination and forward-thinking project team working to address future climate conditions.”

Among the design innovations are retractable platforms installed to reach bus rooftops, where batteries are charged. The facility’s design also boasts many green energy features, including solar power, rapid-charging stations with related infrastructure, xeriscape landscaping, and a reclaimed water system for environmentally friendly bus washing.

Additionally, in a major storm or crisis, the facility can be used as an emergency command center for DTPW bus operations.

While the project is to be delivered in two phases, the new center is expected to be completed in Summer 2026.