Back in March we reported that the city of Miami was using part of its $4.1 million ARRA transit stimulus money on implementing new local rubber-tire trolley service. Transit Miami contacted city officials to get more information about these important initiatives with regard to proposed routes, community outreach efforts, and future funding. Assistant City Manager Bill Anido and Transportation Coordinator Jose Gonzalez were helpful in providing the following description of the project, as well as the linked maps.
The City’s project consists of purchasing rubber-tire circulators/trolleys and ancillary capital equipment such as shelters/benches and signs to provide circulator service in the Downtown, Brickell, Coral Way, Allapattah, and Overtown communities. The proposed circulators will enhance both connectivity and frequency of transit service along their respective routes. The service will essentially consist of the following 5 circulator routes described below:
Downtown-Brickell Trolley: We are partnering with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to finalize the route and stops for the Brickell-Downtown Trolley which will connect to the Coral Way Trolley at the Brickell Metrorail/Metromover Station at SW 1st Avenue and proceed north along Brickell Avenue/Biscayne Boulevard serving the Brickell, Downtown, and Omni areas. We have currently undertaking a survey of area residents, employees, visitors, and students to gauge the community’s interest for an area trolley service. I am pleased to report that we have received over 400 surveys, thus far, with extremely favorable outcomes. In addition, for this trolley route, we are considering providing service during weekends and special events.
Coral Way-Brickell Trolley: The Coral Way-Brickell Trolley will operate along Coral Way serving all the commercial, retail, and residential establishments along the corridor. The service will terminate at the Brickell Metrorail/Metromover Station at SW 1st Avenue where a connection to the Downtown-Brickell Trolley will be provided; it may also connect to the City of Coral Gables Trolley system on Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Health District Trolley: The Health District Circulator will operate a 2-way loop to provide premium service to the Health District area, the second largest employment center in the City and County. This trolley will connect to the Civic Center Metrorail Station on NW 12th Avenue and to the Overtown and Allapattah loops described below.
Overtown-Health District Trolley: The Overtown-Health District Loop will provide premium service in the Overtown community via NW 3rd Avenue and will connect to the Health District Trolley. This connection will facilitate transit mobility between the Overtown community and numerous health care, judicial, educational, and civic institutions in the Health District.
Allapattah-Health District Trolley: The Allapattah-Health District Loop will provide premium service in the Allapattah community via NW 20th Street from NW 17th Avenue to NW 27th Avenue. This route, similar to the Overtown Loop, will connect to the Health District Trolley in order to facilitate a premium transit connection between the Allapattah community and the Health District, an area experiencing tremendous growth and a significant source of employment in the City.
This is a big step in providing the type of convenient local transit that is necessary to get people out of their cars and riding transit. If you live near one of the proposed lines, get involved! The city is looking to hear from residents on how they can make this a success, so if you have a comment or idea drop us a line at MoveMiami@gmail.com and we’ll forward it on! Stay tuned for more on the trolleys….
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