Miami Beach to Unveil New Trolley Monday

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As if our public transit system wasn't already Byzantine enough, the city of Miami Beach is preparing to unveil another addition on Monday. As of right now, we have a handful of systems that work to an extent, but don't operate in conjunction. Instead of having one master public works project that takes a person from A to B, Miami-Dade residents have a series of half-baked ideas that operate on their own.

Although the trolley, bus and Metrorail systems are difficult to parse unless you have a PhD in cartography, this new idea might actually be useful to beachside commuters and visitors.

It's been pretty difficult to navigate much of the beach since the Alton Road construction project began last summer. The main drag is all torn up so that officials can try to reduce tidal flooding, and there's no end in sight for the inconvenience. As a remedy to all the detours caused by the revamping, Miami Beach is launching a new trolley that will take people from Fifth Street to Lincoln Road, along Alton Road and West End. In all, there will be about 20 stops on the route.

The service will run seven days a week, every 10 minutes from 8 a.m. to midnight. The goal is to help the businesses on Alton Road that have been hurt by the Department of Transportation's long-term project. Trying to park at the various commercial spots around the construction has been a nightmare, but hopefully this will help bolster traffic for the effected spots. Since it costs nothing to ride, though, nighttime revelers are free to jump on board and use the trolley as they see fit. Although it won't be running late, anyone who wants to grab a beer on the early side or catch a matinee at the Regal South Beach Cinema will be able to take part.

People who want to try it will be able to park at the Fifth and Alton Garage for up to four hours and use a voucher to get on board.

The new trolley actually sounds pretty sweet: It's gonna have a bike rack and WiFi, and up to 25 people will be able to ride at a time. If you're an early adopter who can't wait to save on parking, just know that the city will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new thing-a-ma-jing on Monday, at Lenox Avenue and Fifth Street. That's where you'll be able to catch the very first ride.

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instead of dozens of trolleys that do tiny little loops so that it takes people on the mainland many a different vehicle to reach the beach on public transit, how about they stop wasting all of our money and try to create larger more unified / organized systems instead? beaurocracy at its worst, large portions of the county's bussing and trolley system system would be redesigned in a perfect world 

JennyLee Molina
JennyLee Molina

The South Beach local bus already does this - and it goes around and back. It would have been better to increase the frequency of the South Beach local or connect to the mainland, or even go from 5th to Lincoln to Sunset Harbor and around. Not impressed.

Ken Taylor
Ken Taylor

Mainland to the beach would be more interesting.

Christine King
Christine King

We already have a local shuttle that costs only a quarter. I wish they had just increased frequency of that one since it does the entire loop instead of this. The local should run more often to make it more viable to move around the beach on it for locals.


its a bus! This is the best we can do? Hey, any FREE transit is good. Is it FREE? I dunno. I guess it's just for tourists and drunken college kids. I'm baffled as to what gets listed as progress. I can only imagine all the government subsidized studies that were done to get this done. LOL The lack of commitment by our representives. THIS IS NOT A TROLLEY!

William Eilers
William Eilers

What a quaint little way to be stuck in Alton Road detours.

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