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Miami-Dade Transit makes improvements to attract more riders and increase mobility

MIAMI (September 09, 2015)

Brickell drivers frustrated with heavy traffic in the area have a new reason to smile.

In keeping with Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez’s vision to improve mobility in the county, Miami-Dade Transit has made several improvements to the Brickell Metrorail station not only to provide better service to transit riders and bicyclists, but also improve traffic flow near the Brickell Station.

Recently, MDT opened the street underneath the Brickell Station to allow vehicles (except trucks) to make a U-turn from SW First Ave. to SW First Ct., thus saving drivers anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes in traffic. This could provide significant savings in time for many frustrated motorists in Brickell.

“By opening up an alternative east to west route, drivers in the Brickell area will catch a break. The ultimate break from traffic would be if they got on Metrorail and/or Metromover,” said Alyce Robertson, Executive Director of the Miami Downtown Development Authority.

In addition, with the help of the County’s Public Works and Waste Management Department, the sidewalks on the northeast end and south end of the station were repaired, and the multi-use trail on the back of the station, also known as the M-Path, also was repaved.

Further, the station is receiving additional heavy cleaning throughout the station, including its escalators and elevators.

These are just some of the ways in which MDT is striving to ensure that local residents and visitors receive service that is clean, safe and reliable.

“Mayor Carlos Gimenez has asked us to look at all the possible ways in which we can improve mobility in our region, and these are certainly some improvements we hope will not only ease traffic flow, but also will encourage more riders to use our transit services,” said Miami-Dade Transit Director Alice Bravo.

For more information, or to plan their trip, transit users can visit www.miamidade.gov/transit (mobile site: www.miamidade.gov/transit/mobile); or call 305-891-3131, weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. TTY users can call 305-468-5402.  Miami-Dade County’s 3-1-1 Answer Center is closed on Sundays and County-observed holidays, such as Labor Day.

Transit riders are encouraged to register for Rider Alerts at: http://miamidade.gov/wps/portal/Main/transitrideralerts. Transit information also is available via Facebook (MiamiDadeTransit) and Twitter (@IRideMDT).