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Miami-Dade Transit implements additional service adjustment for Metrorail and Metromover as a direct response to COVID-19

MIAMI ( March 23, 2020 )

Miami-Dade Transit has seen a significant decline in ridership due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and it is anticipated that ridership will continue to decline. Service frequencies are being reduced as a result, however, the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) continues to provide essential services for those who rely on public transportation.

Effective Tuesday, March 24, DTPW is implementing the following additional service adjustments until further notice:

  • Metrorail passengers heading to the Miami International Airport station will need to transfer at Earlington Heights station to catch the Orange Line train.
  • During morning and afternoon peak hours, Metrorail Green Line trains on the mainline traveling between Dadeland South and Palmetto stations will run every 15-minutes.
  • Metromover will be operating an average 7-minute frequency per loop during morning and afternoon peak hours.

Every transit system nationwide has experienced significant declines in ridership. The reduction in ridership creates a financial impact, which is why transit systems across the country are instituting similar service reductions.

The number one priority for the department remains the safety of its riders and employees. All the measures taken -- including increased cleaning schedules and a reduction in service -- are with the health and well-being of the community in mind. DTPW continues to urge riders to use transit for essential trips only, practice social distancing, and otherwise stay home, when possible, to help flatten the curve and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The department first implemented service adjustments on Friday, March 20, and the following day announced suspended fares starting Sunday, March 22. DTPW will continue to monitor the situation closely and may implement additional adjustments as deemed necessary. DTPW’s objective is to continue to provide transit services to those who need it most.

For more details on transit services and service adjustments, visit the service updates webpage.

DTPW will continue to follow the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Miami-Dade County to ensure the actions being taken are comprehensive and appropriate.

Riders and employees are advised to follow the guidelines, recommendations and actions being taken by Miami-Dade County in response to COVID-19. For additional information about transit services during this time visit Miami-Dade County’s COVID-19 service update website or call 311.