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"2016 Miami Open" information on transportation, parking, drop-off, bicycle, and pedestrian connections

MIAMI (March 03, 2016)

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 21 - April 3, 2016. 

In cooperation with the Miami Open, The Village of Key Biscayne, the Key Biscayne Police Department, Miami-Dade Transportation and Public Works, Miami-Dade Department of Solid Waste, 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 encourages residents and visitors attending the event to visit the Miami Open Parking web page for important announcements concerning traffic, transit, vehicle parking/fees, drop-offs, bicycles, and pedestrians.

Traffic - The public should expect heavier than normal traffic along Rickenbacker Causeway during the Tournament due to larger than normal crowds.  Visit FDOT’s My Florida 511 web page  for traffic updates. Drivers should allow for additional travel time to and from the tournament.         

Rickenbacker Causeway - Fans should note that SunPass is the only form of payment 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.  

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 the Miami-Dade Transportation and Public Works web page or by calling 311.   

Pedestrians & Cyclists - For greater patron safety, those 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 during evening hours. The path will lead to the Tournament's main-entrance crosswalk, where patrons will cross Crandon Boulevard to enter the event.  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: 

•Pedestrians are requested to use the shared-use path to either the Mast Academy or Virginia Beach Road signalized crosswalks to cross to the newer path on the north side of the Causeway, and then proceed across the new 14-foot-wide shared-use path on the north side of the Bear Cut Bridge. 

•Bicyclists may ride the same route as the pedestrians or use the bicycle lanes on the Rickenbacker Causeway and Crandon Boulevard to reach the signalized crosswalk to the Tennis Center. 

Directional signs will be posted, advising pedestrians and bicyclists to cross to the northern side of the roadway.  Signs will also be posted across from the Crandon Park Marina directing pedestrians and bicyclists to use the path in the parkland to access the shared-use path inside the park to reach the Tennis Center.

Miami-Dade Parks is a world-class parks system supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.