(MIAMI, July 1, 2013) – The numbers are in. Last week’s Miami HEAT NBA Championship brought a record number of Metrorail passengers to downtown Miami. On June 24, 2013, Metrorail’s ridership surged over 75 percent above the average weekday ridership recorded for the first three weeks of June 2013, bringing the celebration day’s total to over 117,000.
“I’m thrilled that so many of our residents chose public transit to get to downtown and celebrate the Miami HEAT’s latest NBA Championship,” said Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “All of our transit mobility options provide green, cost-effective alternatives to simply getting in the car and sitting in traffic. I encourage our residents and visitors to take advantage of them year-round.”
Miami-Dade Transit mobilized all its resources to help make the celebration a slam-dunk for Miami-Dade residents and visitors.
“We at Miami-Dade Transit are delighted to have successfully moved what felt like most of South Florida that day. I am also extremely proud of the team effort displayed by our staff in ensuring our riders had a reliable, enjoyable and safe ride to and from the Miami HEAT’s victory celebration,” said Miami-Dade Transit Director Ysela Llort.
Transit employees were deployed to Metrorail stations to assist patrons by collecting fares, providing service information, and ensuring everyone had a safe ride to and from the event. To expedite the entrance to Metrorail, several ‘cash-only’ lines were opened at most Metrorail stations.
In addition, Metrorail used six-car trains to increase passenger-load capacity, and provided rush-hour service (approximately every five minutes) at Metrorail stations between the Dadeland South and Earlington Heights stations. On Metromover, MDT also increased the number of Metromover vehicles to move more passengers and provide more frequent service.
While MDT successfully transported thousands of people to and from the parade, MDT staff has already discussed how to further improve the riders’ experience and make transit service even better for the next big event.
Miami-Dade Transit also wants to encourage the public to continue to use Metrorail not only for an easy commute to work and special events, but also to reach major destinations, such as Miami International Airport.
To learn more about Miami-Dade Transit and its services, visit www.miamidade.gov/transit (on mobile devices, www.miamidade.transit/mobile); or call 3-1-1, Monday - Friday, from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., and on Saturday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Closed on Sundays and during County-observed holidays.
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