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The inaugural Public Transit Day took over Miami-Dade County

MIAMI (December 09, 2016)

Today marked the first-ever Public Transit Day in Miami-Dade County. Residents and visitors were encouraged by community leaders and elected officials, with the support of the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW), to opt to leave their cars behind and give transit a try.

Born out of a 100 Great Ideas initiative centered around all things public transportation, the aim of Public Transit Day was to educate locals on the many uses of public transportation in the County. But, most importantly, the goal was to engage with residents and visitors and increase locals’ commitment to the cause.

“After the 100 Great Ideas seminar in April, we were thrilled to discover that so many locals were passionate about transit in Miami and were interested in getting involved and engage with us,” said Alice N. Bravo, P.E., Director of DTPW.

“We are constantly working towards improving the future of mobility in our County,” added Bravo. “I’m happy to see that many of the ideas community members suggested have already been implemented or are in the works. Such as, improving the fleet with the purchase of new buses, the introduction of the new EASY Pay mobile ticketing option, and a new version of our Miami-Dade Transit Tracker app with real-time tracking -- to name a few.”

Public Transit Day was organized in conjunction with Urban Impact Lab and Radical Partners. Visit www.publictransitday.com for a full list of transit-related ideas and events. Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #PublicTransitDay on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

“We will continue to work together to further improve and expand our public transportation options for our millions of residents and visitors,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez. “Transportation is a quality-of-life issue, and it is our hope that those who gave transit a try on Public Transit Day saw that it really is a convenient alternative to getting behind the wheel, and will become more frequent riders of our system.”

Download the free Miami-Dade Transit Tracker app by visiting www.miamidade.gov/transit/transit-tracker-app and start planning for your next trip today. Also available from DTPW is the EASY Pay app – turn your smartphone into a mobile ticket and just scan to ride. Visit http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/easy-pay.aspfor more information. 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.