Miami-Dade County is replacing its older buses with
new diesel-electric hybrid and electric buses
Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) is modernizing its Metrobus fleet with new, technologically-advanced and environmentally-friendly buses.
Today, at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center in downtown Miami, DTPW showcased one of its 11 recently acquired 60-foot, diesel-electric hybrid buses, which were acquired for the planned State Road (SR) 836 express bus service.
The SR 836 express bus service will provide three express bus lines along SR 836, from west Miami-Dade County to downtown Miami and the Miami Central Station. The first portion of this service is expected to begin in late 2017.
Currently, the 11 hybrid buses are providing service along SW Eighth and Flagler streets, as well as the South Dade TransitWay.
In addition, DTPW is soliciting a Request for Proposal (RFP) to acquire its first 33 electric-powered, zero-emission buses. These vehicles will be the first of their kind in Miami-Dade County’s Metrobus fleet, and complement the ongoing modernization of the fleet.
DTPW aims to acquire at least 33 electric buses; however, the RFP allows the County to purchase up to an additional 42 buses. These new vehicles are slated to be in service by late 2017.
“With these new buses, not only are we modernizing our fleet, and expanding express service in underserved areas, but we are also reducing our carbon footprint and eliminating traffic congestion by moving more cars off the road,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “By this time next year, we should have new trains, buses and express routes ready to improve our residents’ and visitors’ commute.”
The acquisition of these buses also fits in with the County’s sustainability plan known as GreenPrint.
DTPW is continuing to enhance the riders’ experience, and improve mobility by adding transit signal priority, which is enabled by the County’s new adaptive signals.
Miami-Dade County is investing $40 million in 2017 for the implementation of the adaptive signal system throughout major corridors.
Along NW 36th Street, between 71st and 84th avenues, DTPW installed this smart traffic signal technology that will help to further improve traffic flow, signal synchronization, and reduce congestion. The new signal equipment also will give priority to Metrobuses that might be traveling in heavy traffic in order to improve reliability for transit services.
This is part of a five-year, $160 million effort to improve traffic signalization and reduce congestion throughout our County.
To learn more about Transit services, including bus schedules, station maps and other transit information, the public can visit DTPW’s Transit website. This site also can be used to plan a transit trip using the Google Trip Planner.
In addition, transit riders can call 305-891-3131, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for transit information. Closed on Sundays and County-observed holidays.
Now available from DTPW is the EASY Pay app, which allows transit riders to purchase passes on their smartphones. Visit the EASY Pay page for more information.
And don’t forget, riders can now also pay for parking via their mobile devices with the PayByPhone cashless app.
We’re with you every stop of the way.