To provide better service for the large crowds expected to attend the Miami Heat victory parade on Monday, June 25, 2012, Miami-Dade Transit will enhance its Metrorail and Metromover service, and will make it easier for patrons to pay their Metrorail fare by providing ‘express pay’ lanes at select Metrorail stations.
- Trains will run every 15 minutes, but service will be supplemented with additional trains to facilitate travel to the celebration. Patrons are encouraged to use the web-based ‘Train Tracker’ service to see when the next trains will be approaching their station.
- Metromover will be running frequent service with two-car trains on the Inner, Brickell and Omni loops.
Paying Metrorail fare:
- At select Metrorail stations, one faregate will be designated as an ‘express pay’ lane where passengers can drop $2 in a cash box to pay for a one-way trip on Metrorail without having to use an EASY Card or EASY Ticket.
An ‘express pay’ lane will be available at the following stations from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.:
- Dadeland South
- Dadeland North
- South Miami
- Tri-Rail (transfer station)
And at the following stations, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for the return trip from the parade:
- Government Center
If using an ‘express pay’ lane, parade-bound patrons are asked to bring the exact fare in cash as no change will be provided. No receipts or transfers will be issued, and all those using cash to pay their fare will receive assistance to exit at the Government Center and Brickell stations where they can transfer free to Metromover.
Patrons can exit at the following Metromover stations to reach the various parade locations:
- Eighth Street
- Fifth Street
- Bayfront Park
To reach the American Airlines Arena:
Patrons who have a 1-Month EASY Card, or a loaded EASY Card or EASY Ticket, can still use their cards or tickets to pay for their Metrorail fare at the regular faregates. Patrons who need to transfer to Metrobus will need to use an EASY Card or EASY Ticket to pay for their bus transfer.
Due to road closures in the downtown Miami and Brickell areas, several Metrobus routes will be detoured, including routes 3, 11, 77, C and S.
For more information on the enhanced Metrorail and Metromover service, or on the Metrobus routes being detoured, patrons can call 305-891-3131, weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. TTY users can call 305-499-8971.
Transit patrons are also encouraged to visit www.miamidade.gov/transit, or download the free iPhone app ‘Miami-Dade Transit Tracker’ to help them plan their trip.