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Jumbo Miami-Dade Transit buses cut complaints

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Written by on January 19, 2016

Jumbo Miami-Dade Transit buses cut complaints

Since starting to use 20 new 60-foot articulated buses, the Miami-Dade Transit Department has gotten significantly fewer complaints about overcrowding and seen increased weekend use, according to a quarterly status report that county commissioners received this week.

In September, the department began receiving 43 new 60-foot articulated buses and started the inspections the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requires. As of Oct. 13, the department had started using 24 buses on Routes 34 (Busway Flyer) and 38 (Busway MAX) along the South Miami-Dade Busway. The remaining 19 buses will serve, as they become available, the Biscayne and 27th Avenue corridors.

The Jan. 20 report also details use of the county’s existing articulated bus fleet from April through June, before the new buses arrived. It states that the 25 articulated buses serviced their main routes (Kendall enhanced bus service and I-95 managed lanes) Monday through Friday and on weekends were shifted to overcrowded routes 119 (Collins Avenue), 11 (Flagler Street) and 38 (South Dade Busway).

Riders on the articulated buses for the weekend, about 300 on Sundays and 350 Saturdays, triple the approximately 100 average rides per bus each weekday on their normal routes.

Additionally, the report states, the transit department got federal authorization to remove the existing buses from the Kendall and I-95 routes and re-direct them to the overcrowded routes that serve the Miami Beach corridor.

The next report will reflect an increased articulated bus total as the department puts the other 19 into use.

5 Responses to Jumbo Miami-Dade Transit buses cut complaints

  1. Edward

    January 20, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Great news.

  2. Elliot Adams

    January 21, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    The Jumbo Transit buses are an excellent idea. They make traveling by bus more worthwhile and comfortable. I had stopped riding the buses because of the way people were herding into them like cattle. I started calling them “cattle-haulers” because they were so crammed at busy times of day you could not get on them. And if you were lucky enough to get on one during the rush hours then it was “good-luck” trying to fight your way off of them. The service was awful and pathetic. These new jumbo buses provide more room and now everyone can spread out. Good job Transit Authority, please continue to bring Miami Dade Transit into the 21st Century.

  3. jrsteele

    January 30, 2016 at 6:32 am

    What about Broward County, same problem eixists!

  4. Robin Sampson

    January 30, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Are you kidding me? Try using the 77 bus that runs along NW 7th ave. It is horrible that first bus is always late and croweded. And that is the first bus that goes North on 7th ave to 1833rd street. And thAt is the first bus bus that goes over that gives over 2nd ave to North Dade. Wow even the bus drivers do not say anything to their supervisors, I wonder why. I would be very surprise if one of those double bus shows up on 7th ave I would be surprise. You have to remember We are human as well.

  5. Tane Ramundo

    March 2, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    I think it is the answer to the overcrowded bus situation. I hope that some day, these buses go my rout, as many passengers have to stand up for the ride. I sometimes have to wait for the next bus because the rout I take 204 (Killian Kat), is too crowded.

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