State Grant To Expand Electrowave Service This Month
Written by Candice Ventra on November 2, 2000
By Candice Ventra
The City of Miami Beach’s electric shuttle system will begin a new route Nov. 13 to better serve the city’s hotels.
Called ‘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.
The funds, she said, will offset operation and management costs for the new route.
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.
"It’s the only all-electric transit system in the country," Ms. Evans said. "Chattanooga has an electric system but is supported partly by diesel buses."
The Electrowave, she said, will also take on passengers on both sides of Miami Beach Convention Center Drive and Lincoln Road.
The 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.
The average shuttle, which costs 25 cents to board, makes 34 stops. It has a capacity of 37 passengers, including 15 who stand.
Ms. Evans said local residents tend to use the system in the morning and evening while tourists dominate midday.
The 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.
On Nov. 7 the shuttle service will offered free by the Miami Beach Transportation Management Association to encourage people to vote. Details: (305) 535-9160.60.