grant to expand Electrowave service this month
City of Miami Beach's electric shuttle system will begin a new route
Nov. 13 to better serve the city's hotels.
'Electrowave' by the city, the system recently got $450,000 from the
State of Florida's Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Fund to expand
routes in the hotel district, said Judy Evans, executive director
of Miami Beach Transportation Management Association.
funds, she said, will offset operation and management costs for the
12-stop course will use four shuttles up and down Collins Avenue between
16th and 23rd streets, where there are numerous hotels, including
the Loews Miami Beach, Ms. Evans said. The Electrowave presently runs
seven buses along Washington Avenue and west on 17th street.
the only all-electric transit system in the country," Ms. Evans
said. "Chattanooga has an electric system but is supported partly
by diesel buses."
Electrowave, she said, will also take on passengers on both sides
of Miami Beach Convention Center Drive and Lincoln Road.
Electrowave ran its first bus in Miami Beach on Jan. 28, 1998, Ms.
Evans said. To date, she said, the system has carried more than 3
million riders, including 140,000 senior citizens.
average shuttle, which costs 25 cents to board, makes 34 stops. It
has a capacity of 37 passengers, including 15 who stand.
Evans said local residents tend to use the system in the morning and
evening while tourists dominate midday.
Electrowave system operates daily, including holidays. The shuttles
run 8 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and Sunday. On Thursday
through Saturday they run until 4 a.m. to service South Beach clubs,
Ms. Evans said.
Nov. 7 the shuttle service will offered free by the Miami Beach Transportation
Management Association to encourage people to vote.