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Guide To South Florida’s Public Transportation

March 1, 2014 8:00 AM

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(Source: www.miamidade.gov)
Most metropolises have a public transportation system that transports commuters and those trying to cut down on gas consumption. Miami-Dade County and Broward County’s transit system is convenient but it’s not as comprehensive as other major cities like New York or Atlanta. However, it’s still useful if you have an Easy Card loaded with $2.25 to pay for your fare. Choose between trains, trolleys, buses or a combination of all three to reach your destination on time. It’s a safe and easy way to see the beauty of South Florida without the hassle of being behind the wheel.

Metrobus

3300 N.W. 32nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33142
(305) 637-3800
www.miamidade.gov

For the Bus Route map, click here.

The first step to your public transportation journey is obtaining an Easy Card (plastic card that lasts 20 years) or an Easy Ticket (paper ticket that lasts 60 days). Both are available online or at designated vending machines. Then board the Metrobus by waiting at the bus stops marked by the green sign. Route times and frequency vary per route but many buses operate 24 hours, making it convenient for you no matter what time of day is. There are 95 Metrobus routes to serve you, operating 365 days a year, making this the only mode of public transportation that operates 365 days a year.

Metro-Rail/Tri-Rail

Tri-Rail/Metro-Rail Transfer Station
1125 E. 25th St.
Hialeah, FL 33013
(305) 891-3131
www.miamidade.gov

View the Metrorail schedule for Miami-Dade County. View the Tri-rail schedule and map. Click here for the Tri-Rail address and website.

Miami-Dade and Broward County offer commuters the Metrorail and Tri-rail, respectively. The Metrorail consists of 25 miles of dual-track and 136 trains that run from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. seven days a week. It has two main routes (Orange and Green) with a frequency of 7.5 to 30 minutes, depending on the station. The Orange Line has a direct stop at the Miami International Airport and the Hialeah station serves as a hub so riders can transfer to the iconic, palm tree-painted Tri-Rail to reach the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. If there’s not a convenient station near you, hop the bus, take a free shuttle or even bring your bike along for your next ride on the rails.

Metromover

Adrienne Arsht Center
1455 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
3-1-1
www.miamidade.gov

Click here for a map of the Metromover.

If you’ve ever been to Brickell or downtown Miami, you know that parking is scarce and expensive. Save yourself the hassle with the Metromover. It’s a free, air-conditioned ride in the sky that quickly transports passengers from venues like the AAA Arena to the Financial District and more. The short route means short wait time with trains arriving every 90 seconds and service is available from 5 a.m to midnight. It’s the easiest and most affordable way to enjoy the downtown nightlife.

Related: Best Local Transportation To Get To Sun Life Stadium

Metrobus Park and Ride

Various Locations
Miami, FL
(305) 891-3131
www.miamidade.gov

Click here for Miami-Dade Park and Ride locations. Click here for the Tri-Rail parking information.

Metrobus users are welcome to use Park and Ride free of charge. There are 11 locations throughout Miami-Dade county for commuters and those making transfers to park and safely leave their car. If you reside in Broward County and plan on taking the Tri-Rail, there are onsite parking lots at each station that allow free parking on a first-come, first-served basis. However, these are not Park and Ride designated locations and the safety of your vehicle is not guaranteed. Visit the Tri-Rail website for station location information.

Sun Trolley/City Trolleys

290 N.E. 3rd Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 780-8807
www.suntrolley.com

Click here for the Miami Trolley Tracking system.

Sun Trolley services the Fort Lauderdale area and is one of the many city-instated trolleys across Broward and Miami-Dade County. These trolleys are a free service that transport passengers to major destinations like Las Olas and Jackson Memorial hospital. Most stops in Miami-Dade county are marked by signs with a picture of the trolley on them but the Sun Trolley has no formal stops, preferring the stop-and-wave system instead. Miami Trolley riders also have the option of tracking their trolley’s arrival with the Miami Trolley Tracking system. The cities of Coral Gables, Doral, Miami, Homestead, Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale currently have the trolley system in place.

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Niema Hulin was born in Newark, NJ but raised in Lexington, South Carolina for the bulk of her formative years. In 2002, she moved to Miami after graduating from the University of Florida. Since then, Niema has worked in film, television and commercials as a Production Assistant and Production Coordinator. Some of her films have included Bad Boys II and I Am Number IV. Her work can be found at Examiner.com

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