Partnering to Make Miami Car Free
August 2, 2016
Brightline’s vision is to challenge the monopoly of the car and offer an alternative transportation solution that will help make South Florida car free and care free. To accomplish this, Brightline is partnering with local transit authorities and others to offer additional solutions and alternatives to congested highways.
In Miami, Brightline is partnering with our neighbors at Miami-Dade Transit to work toward this common goal. Miami-Dade Transit is the 15th largest public transit system in the USA, and the largest transit agency in the state of Florida. This integrated transportation system consists of four major components:
- The Metrobus fleet, connecting most areas of Miami-Dade County.
- Metrorail, an electrically-powered, elevated, rapid-transit system stretching 25 miles and providing service to Miami International Airport, South Miami, Coral Gables and downtown Miami; to the Civic Center/Jackson Memorial Hospital area and to Brownsville, Liberty City, Hialeah and Medley in northwest Miami-Dade, with connections to Broward and Palm Beach counties at the Tri-Rail/Metrorail transfer station.
- Metromover, a 4.4-mile elevated people mover that serves the downtown central business district of Miami, including Omni and Brickell.
- Special Transportation Service (STS), designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities unable to use regular transit services.
Currently, Miami-Dade Transit records over 353,000 daily (weekday) boardings on Metrobus, Metrorail, Metromover and STS combined.
Brightline’s MiamiCentral station sits between the Metrorail Government Center and the Historic Overtown stations, and the Metromover’s Wilke D. Ferguson Jr. station is just across the street. Given this close proximity, Metrorail and Metromover riders will have direct access to Brightline’s trains with quick and convenient service to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. This inter-connectivity will help make it much easier for travelers to be car free and care free. They will have easy connections to a range of options to get them to their final destinations.
This week, Metromover users saw first-hand how Brightline and Miami-Dade transit are encouraging Miamians to be car-free. As you can see on this graphic installed at the Metrorail Government Center station, Brightline is excited to offer another transportation alternative in 2017!
“We are so thrilled to be working with Miami-Dade Transit as we partner to offer new ways for South Florida residents to move about the city, county and tri-county area,” said Julie Edwards, Brightline’s chief marketing officer. “We are all working toward the common goal of increasing mobility throughout South Florida by ensuring there is a close linked network of transportation solutions.”
The future looks bright
Brightline and Miami-Dade Transit will continue to work together, ensuring that there are viable transportation options so that Miami becomes less dependent on automobiles and more inclined to look for car free transportation options. To stay in touch with the future of transportation in Miami, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to join our mailing list to be the first to hear Brightline’s newest updates.