Miami-Dade Transit cools down with the first-ever air conditioned bus shelter in Florida
The Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) cut the ribbon this morning on a brand new air conditioned bus shelter at the Hialeah Metrorail Station. Designed by Future Systems (a Trueform Engineering group company) and installed by Tequesta Construction Services, the shelter was up-and-running within four weeks.
The design complies with the stringent South Florida building codes and is made of glass with doors that open and close manually in order to keep the flow of cool air contained.
“The addition of this air conditioned bus shelter is one of the many ways we’re improving public transportation for residents and visitors, and continuing to move Miami-Dade County forward as a world-class community,” said Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami-Dade County Mayor.
“This new bus shelter is the first of its kind in Florida. Miami-Dade will continue to provide amenities to enhance the transit user’s experience,” explained Alice N. Bravo, P.E., DTPW Director.
The Hialeah Metrorail Station is a strategic transfer point for travel in Miami-Dade County where numerous Metrobus routes and the Metrorail connect, making it an ideal location for the implementation of the first AC bus shelter.
The Department will seek to provide additional AC-equipped bus shelters countywide within the next two to five years. Locations will be selected based on the highest boarding and transfer points throughout the Unincorporated Municipal Service Area (UMSA).
“We hope to install air conditioned bus shelters at high ridership location throughout unincorporated Miami-Dade County in order to make waiting for transit just as cool as riding it,” added Bravo.
Aside from adding more AC bus shelters countywide, existing bus stops will be getting substantial enhancements. In the coming months, the Department will issue a request for proposal to provide open-air covered bus shelters at every stop in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, which is DTPW’s jurisdiction.
Miami-Dade County is working to maximize the number of shelters at bus stops within its jurisdiction and for its 1.2 million UMSA residents.
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