Miami-Dade County announces the opening of a new Park & Ride lot to serve South Dade commuters
Miami-Dade County residents and visitors can enjoy the benefits of a new Miami-Dade County Park & Ride lot located in the corner of SW 127 Avenue and Kendall Drive on Monday, June 19, 2017 with service starting at approximately 5:50 a.m.
To commemorate the opening of the new facility, the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) will be on-site at 7 a.m. distributing free promotional items and prizes as part of a Customer Engagement & Appreciation event.
The Park & Ride lot will connect riders to the Dadeland North Metrorail Station through bus routes 288A and 288. The new facility has bicycle parking and a total of 161 spaces, including designated parking for vehicles with baby stroller permits and six spaces for riders with disabilities. This facility on Kendall Drive will provide service along the Kendall Corridor, one of the six proposed corridors of the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Plan. The Kendall Corridor could potentially provide traffic relief for approximately 190,000 residents and 111,000 businesses, all located within a 2-mile radius of the corridor.
“Kendall residents are in need of more solutions to alleviate congestion on the roadways,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “And this new Park & Ride lot will offer more options and encourage the use of our public transportation – not to mention, this is yet another stepping stone in the SMART Plan implementation.”
“This Park & Ride lot will provide residents in the Kendall area a new facility where they can park their vehicles and take transit to their jobs,” said Alice N. Bravo, Director, Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works. “Our goal is to provide multiple transportation options to our commuters to help reduce traffic congestion and minimize the amount of single passenger cars on our roads.”
The SW 127 Avenue Park & Ride lot, which cost approximately $1.5 million, was built with matching funds from the Florida Department of Transportation and the People’s Transportation Plan surtax monies.
Project construction was completed under budget by almost a half million dollars and ahead of schedule by four and half months. Miami-Dade County was able to build the Park & Ride lot after reaching an agreement with Florida Power & Light that allowed DTPW to use land under their service line for the construction of the facility.
To check service times for bus routes 288A and 288 and the new SW 127 Ave. Park & Ride lot, or to plan a trip on transit, riders can download the free Miami-Dade Transit Tracker app.
Also available from DTPW is the EASY Pay app, which allows anyone to turn their smartphone into a mobile ticket and just scan to ride. Visit EASY Pay page for more information. Transit riders now can also pay for parking via their mobile devices with the PayByPhone cashless app.