Miami's Public Transit System Ranked Eighth in the Country

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"The bus smells like the bologna sandwiches at DCJ," a friend recently quipped. He was sitting next to a woman who kept shouting about Jesus on a seemingly never-ending bus ride to South Beach. "This is wacky, bro."

Indeed it is. But it's that very stench of stale deli meat and those lovable schizophrenic crack addicts that make Miami-Dade County Transit one of the best. In fact, it's the eighth best in the whole country, at least according to a new survey by Walk Score that ranked Miami among the top 25 best cities for public transportation, and the Big Mango as the lone southern city in the top 10.

Here's their list:
America's 10 Best Cities for Transit

  1. New York
  2. San Francisco
  3. Boston
  4. Washington, D.C.
  5. Philadelphia
  6. Chicago
  7. Seattle
  8. Miami
  9. Baltimore
  10. Portland
"To compute our rankings, we calculated the Transit Score of over 1 million locations in the largest 25 cities that provide open public transit data," Walk Score explains on its website.

"Transit Score measures how well a location is served by public transit by assigning a 'usefulness' value to nearby transit routes based on frequency, route type, and distance to the nearest stop on the route."

With over 90 Metrobus routes, a 22-mile Metrorail system that'll take you from Hialeah to Kendall, and a Metromover that zips your around Downtown, you'd think it'd take less than an hour-and-a-half to get from Coconut Grove to Miami Beach. Keep dreaming.

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17 comments
RollBackTolls
RollBackTolls

Really??  8th?? Should be more like 120th on the list, at best.  We should be able to use toll revenue to fund transit expansion in this town.

RollBackTolls
RollBackTolls

Yes and MDX (Miami-Dade Expressway Authority) is leading the charge to turn the busway into another toll road/Lexus Lanes.  Just another example of our MDX is undermining the creation of a functional transit system in Miami-Dade.  Stop the tollation MDX!

RollBackTolls
RollBackTolls

Yes, BS.  We should rank maybe at best 120th on the list.

Man Van London
Man Van London

By transporting all is possible that People get work, school, local area, healthcare services,and public transit can connect with nearly every area of city life. Above the rankings of top ten cities in America take into account per person cost on public transportation.

michael wind
michael wind

they only have 7 public transit systems in america,o yes those empty buses on 95 wasting gas 

Mike Moskos
Mike Moskos

The transit system will get better only as more people use it. You can get virtually anywhere with it, but it does take a lot of time (buses and Metrorail have lots of stops that take time). Figure 3-5x what it takes by car. 

But, if more people use it, there will be more buses and more trains running (including privately-run ones). So if you think the service sucks, blame your friends, co-workers, relatives, etc. for not taking it. 

Guest
Guest

The metro rail doesn't even stop at the airport! bs

Roger Cureton
Roger Cureton

"the Big Mango as the lone southern city in the top 10. "Hate to be the dick here, but technically not true, as both Washington D.C. and Baltimore lie below the Mason-Dixon line, and both are Southern cities, even though neither act like it.

nanook5
nanook5

in ass-backwards land maybe.

It is What It Is
It is What It Is

It seems WalkScore is only taking into account City of Miami NOT Miami-Dade county, so your last paragraph is irrelevant. Get your facts right and stop adding to the ignorance South Florida residents already have. 

Daniel Guerra
Daniel Guerra

really? i like to see the worst,,,unbelievable

nevernot
nevernot

Not entirely true. If you take a look at the most recent proposals circulating through the commission relating to transit you will see proposals to turn the South Busway into a lexus lane for rich citizenry down south. The Busway is the single most heavily used corridor for public transit in South Florida, and the plan is to make it the exclusive domain of a few rich folks who want to cut twenty minutes off their daily commute.

Njkbhv
Njkbhv

it's a chicken/egg situation 

Alex Yemat
Alex Yemat

Hmmm... The metrorail airport link line is nearly complete and opens in a few months with a station at the airport.

Mariana Cordoba
Mariana Cordoba

If they say "Miami" it means everything... unless they specify "The City of Miami" or "The City of Coral Gables"... hell the "Town of Bal Harbor" also has great transportation, I can get from 96th street to 98th street in 10 minutes on the S-Bus.... NICE

Guest
Guest

Not at all; people use useful transit systems, and avoid useless ones. The way to get people to use transit (and off the roads) is to do the damn thing right, which we decline to do. Fact is, away from US1 or the beach, transit is a pretty hellish option. 

It's easy enough to get from, say, South Beach to Aventura, but try getting from Doral to Miami Gardens--good luck with that.

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