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For Immediate Release:
March 16, 2015
Media Contact:
Doris Howe
dorishowe@miamidade.gov
305-755-7884

Sam Henderson
sam.henderson@imgworld.com
305-446-2200

2015 Miami Open Tournament transit, parking, drop-off, bicycle and pedestrian information

SunPass and Toll-by-Plate tolling with completed Bear Cut Bridge improvements to facilitate easier traffic flow


(MIAMI, March 16, 2015) — The Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department is proud to welcome the internationally renowned Miami Open Tennis Tournament (formerly known as the Sony Open) to the Miami-Dade Parks Crandon Tennis Center, located on beautiful Key Biscayne, March 23 - April 5, 2015.  In cooperation with the Miami Open, The Village of Key Biscayne, the Key Biscayne Police Department, the Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management Department, the Florida Department of Transportation, and the City of Miami, and in the interest of enhanced public safety at this year’s event, Miami-Dade Parks is making the following announcements concerning traffic, transit, parking, drop-offs, bicycles, and pedestrians for residents and visitors attending the event:

Traffic - The public should expect heavier than normal traffic along Rickenbacker Causeway during the Tournament due to larger than normal crowds.  As all rehabilitation work on Bear Cut Bridge has been completed, it will not impact traffic flow.  Visit www.511southflorida.com  for traffic updates. Drivers should allow for additional travel time to and from the tournament.

Rickenbacker Causeway - Fans should note that SunPass is now accepted at the Causeway's toll plaza that processes four lanes of traffic for entry to the islands of Key Biscayne and Virginia Key.  C-Pass transponders and cash are no longer accepted.  Tolls are collected electronically through SunPass and Toll-by-Plate.  Any motorist driving through the toll plaza toward Key Biscayne without a SunPass account/transponder will be charged using the Toll-by-Plate method.  The Toll-by-Plate rate is higher than the SunPass rate and includes a monthly administrative fee. Anyone without a SunPass transponder will receive a bill in the mail for their Rickenbacker toll charges plus a $2.50 administrative fee.

Transit - Bus service via the popular Route B Bus, also referenced as Route 102, covering the Brickell Metrorail Station, Brickell Business District, Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami Seaquarium, Crandon Park, City of Key Biscayne, and Cape Florida State Park, will make regular stops at the main entrance of the Tournament when heading toward the Village of Key Biscayne.  It will also make regular stops across the street from the main entrance, along the east side of Crandon Boulevard, on its return route to Brickell.  Public transportation information, including bus schedules, routes and fares, can be found at http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/ or by calling 311.

Drop-Off/Pick-up/Will Call/Ball Boy/Girl Drop Off/Pick Up - The Tournament drop-off, pick-up, Ball Boy/Girl Drop off/Pick up, and short term parking for Will Call pick-up will be strictly limited to the North Gate/Lot 6 entrance. Those picking up tickets should follow the signs leading to the ticket Will Call area located at the front gate.

Pedestrians & Cyclists
- For greater patron safety, the South Tennis Center Gate will not be accessible to pedestrians.  Tennis fans walking to the Tournament from the Village of Key Biscayne will be directed by Key Biscayne Police to proceed along the east side of Crandon Boulevard, along its bike path adjacent to Lot 4. This path will be lit for greater patron safety during evening hours. The path will lead to the Tournament's main-entrance crosswalk, where patrons will cross Crandon Boulevard to enter the event.  Pedestrians will not be permitted to walk north of Harbor Drive on the southbound side of Crandon Boulevard. Bicyclists riding to the Tournament from the Village may either ride on the same path as the pedestrians or use the bicycle lanes on Crandon Boulevard to reach the signalized crosswalk to the Tennis Center.

For those wishing to walk or bicycle to the event from the mainland:

Taxi Service - Taxi service will be available with pick-up/drop-off located north of the Crandon Park Office, between Lots 2 and 3, where shuttle buses enter/exit the park.  Signage will be posted.

Parking - Parking lots close two hours after the last match.  Shuttle bus service to-and-from the All Day General Admission Parking Lot on Arthur Lamb Road ends one hour after the last match.  During the Tournament, parking will be available at the following locations:

About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department

Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award, winner of the 2013 Florida Governor’s Sustained Excellence Award and the 2009 Florida Governor’s Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for active older adults and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Miami Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks.

Miami-Dade County Parks is supported by The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.  Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities.  For more information on the Parks Foundation, please visit www.liveaparklife.org.

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