County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava advocates for seamless trip planning for trolley, transit riders
MIAMI-DADE – The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners on July 10 moved forward an ordinance that would require cities to provide real-time data for trolley services to the County. The trolley information would be integrated into the County transit tracker app, making transit trip planning seamless for riders.
The legislation, sponsored by County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, is designed to close a critical information gap for transit patrons. It would allow third-party applications like Google Maps to provide much more accurate, real-time trip planning across all modes of transit funded by the County Transportation half-penny sales tax. Those transit modes include city trolleys, County Metrobus, Metrorail, and Metromover systems.
“As we work to bring new mobility options to our residents and businesses looking to get around town without a car, giving them accurate real-time information to the whole system is critical,” said Commissioner Levine Cava.
Right now, our city trolleys are operated like separate transit systems even though they are all funded using the PTP transportation tax. “Many of them are quite popular and are a critical part of our overall transportation network,” explained Commissioner Levine Cava. “You can use the phone in the palm of your hand to connect all of these trolleys to the County’s transit system, providing an easy way to get you to many more destinations without needing a car.”
The ordinance would also require cities and the County to provide quarterly reports to the Board of County Commissioners showing daily ridership data that includes both city and County ridership data to more accurately reflect the total transit use throughout the County.
The legislation was unanimously approved on first reading and will next be considered in committee.