Miami-Dade County and Poseidon Ferry launch a new waterborne commuter service between Miami and Miami Beach
Starting this week, commuters can enjoy a new waterborne commuter transportation service across Biscayne Bay between Miami and Miami Beach. Poseidon Ferry LLC, in partnership with Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW), and the cities of Miami and Miami Beach, has launched this new service connecting downtown Miami and Miami Beach.
“As we work to better connect all corners of our community with reliable, affordable transportation, we are proud to deliver an innovative new option to help alleviate traffic congestion between downtown Miami and Miami Beach during peak commuting hours,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “The County is thrilled to be part of this collaboration with Poseidon Ferry and the cities of Miami and Miami Beach to bring this long-awaited service to all our residents, and especially proud to deliver this service without taxpayer burden.”
Poseidon’s waterborne transportation service offers one-way hourly trips, expanding to 20-minute intervals as ridership grows. The cost of a one-way ticket starts at $3.00 with a valid Florida ID if purchased in person and for travel between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Weekly 10-Trip Hopper and monthly 40-Trip Hopper ticket packages are available. Seniors, military personnel, and passengers with disabilities can ride at discounted rates on individual trips; children 12 and under ride free. For all other pricing and ticket options, visit poseidonferry.com or call 1-833-44-FERRY / 1-833-443-3779.
The vessel will dock directly outside the river entrance to the Hyatt Regency/James L. Knight Convention Center where commuters can connect via Metromover. On the Miami Beach side, the Poseidon Ferry will dock at the Bentley Bay Marina, with parking available at nearby public lots, trolleys and Metrobuses only a block away.
“Miami-Dade County has been looking to provide an affordable and reliable waterborne mobility option for commuters traveling between Miami and Miami Beach for many years,” said DTPW director Alice N. Bravo, P.E. “Being able to assist with the launch of this new transportation service, at no cost to taxpayers, is an important mass transit accomplishment for Miami-Dade County and a big win for our residents and visitors.”
In 2016, Miami-Dade County developed a pilot project to identify a waterborne service that could provide a direct connection between areas of high congestion located adjacent to the waterways while resulting in the least disruption to waterfront properties, wildlife, and sea grasses and in compliance with the speed zones. The two express routes identified were a north-south and east-west route.
In July 2019, the Board of County Commissioners approved to move forward for the agreements necessary to facilitate or implement fixed route waterborne transit services for the east-west route connecting the downtown Miami and south beach areas. Miami-Dade County is currently evaluating a north-south route and has met with several local municipalities. During this process, over 30 potential waterborne transportation stops have been identified.
The Hyatt Regency Site and the Bentley Bay Marina site were selected because of their proximity to multi-modal transportation. The Hyatt regency site is accessible by two Metromover stations: River Walk and James L. Knight Center. The River Walk station is serviced by the Brickell Loop, and the James L. Knight Center station a transfer point which is serviced by the Omni, the Inner and Brickell loops. On the Miami Beach side, the Bentley Bay Marina is a block away from trolleys and Metrobus stops. Both locations offer ride share accessibility and nearby parking.
In addition, both docking sites were chosen to avoid the opening of bascule bridges along the way, thus minimizing impacts to the Brickell/downtown Miami and Miami Beach roadways.
The morning hours commuter service starts at 5:45 a.m. and ends at 11:10 a.m. with afternoon services starting at 2:50 p.m. and ending at 7:40 p.m. The commuter ticket cost for residents with a valid Florida ID is $3.00 one way.
The current Poseidon Ferry is a 65-foot 2012 Scarano Catamaran Ferry with a passenger capacity of 149. It features a fully climate-controlled interior and a second level non-air-conditioned area, full galley, restrooms, television, and free onboard Wi-Fi.
For the safety of passengers, capacity is limited to 50% of the vessel’s overall capacity. Masks are mandatory for all staff and passengers, and Poseidon’s staff members are screened daily prior to reporting to work.
Poseidon also offers mid-day, evening, and weekend departures. The cost for these additional routes varies. For more information, contact Poseidon Ferry at 833-443-3779 or visit www.poseidonferry.com