Should Miami Have More Late-Night Public Transit Options?

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Miami is a late-night city. Bars are open until 5 a.m. and even later in the Entertainment District. But the public transit system, which gets its deserved criticism in the daytime, shuts down almost completely after midnight. Only the bus is an option. That leaves Miamians traveling to and from clubs or late-night dinners with few options.

Should the city and county look into extending hours past midnight?

The Miami Herald today has an in-depth story that amounts to basically young urban professionals complaining about the public transit system, which, hey, is certainly something worth complaining about.

Another problem is a lack of late night transportation options. The trolley that runs from Midtown Miami to the Brickell Metrorail station stops running at 11 p.m. and Metrorail closes at midnight, foreclosing low-cost options for those who don't want to drink and drive...

MDT says there is not enough demand to keep Miami's Metrorail open past midnight. Other cities are going in the opposite direction, extending hours of their public transit systems. Boston's T will be open until 3 a.m on weekends this year, the Washington Metro closes at 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and the New York City subway system is open 24 hours a day.

Meanwhile, only limited bus routes are available. Otherwise, the only option for those not wanting to drive is a taxi or, in a legal gray area at the moment, Uber or Lyft.

And as anyone who has tried to find decent, affordable parking in South Beach or downtown on a Saturday night knows, parking spots and garages tend to fill up around late-night destination hubs.

Also, all of those people leaving the clubs a little buzzed and getting into their cars can spell obvious danger.

But it's not just partiers to worry about. Plenty Miamians get off work when transit system isn't in full force.

With such a late-night city, wouldn't it only make sense to experiment with more transit options during the night?

Though, as the Herald article points out, Miami's transit system can be a pain even during daytime hours, and its inconvenient for those with destinations that aren't directly along a route.

"Shawn Daly, a 28-year-old Miami native now living in New York City, said he sometimes had to walk 20 minutes in Miami after reaching the Metrorail stop closest to his destination," the paper reports.

And walking 20 minutes in Miami at 3 a.m. is not something many want to do.

Still, as Miami-Dade continues to find ways to improve transit, it only makes sense that having more options late at night should someday be a goal.

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190 comments
Michelle Rubio
Michelle Rubio

YES IT SHOULD! It's ridiculous that after a basket ball game I got stranded in downtown bc there was no bus service after.

Gabriel Espinal
Gabriel Espinal

As a bus rider for many years, yes. It would help many people, guaranteed.

Doris M Ramirez
Doris M Ramirez

Miami needs more reliable public transportation day and night.

Wilfredo Sosa
Wilfredo Sosa

Of course. More jobs in transit, security and other businesses/services for the city/county..

Maday Damian
Maday Damian

Yes, Miami is a never asleep city we def need this, some of us have diff schedules this would be ideal to have avail.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

BAYLINK MY ASS! What makes you think them Millionaires will allow a light, or any, rail in front of their properties?!?! They'll oppose it thru McArthur causeway, forget Venetian and Julia Tuttle, with the Mt. Sinai and Yeshivas on both ends of the highway, yet miles away from SoBe? Please! But of course, in Miamese "LACK OF FUNDING" really means "it ain't gonna happen".

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Port Arthur TX, has a better transportation than Miami, though it operates Monday thru Friday... And that's a lot to say!!

Chuck Farley
Chuck Farley

these fucking councilmen are just fucking idiots

Clara NIbot Fons
Clara NIbot Fons

Yes ! we need better public transportation ... Regardless day or night .

Yanet Garbanzos Perez
Yanet Garbanzos Perez

We have the worst public transit, we are a big city not enough buses and yes we need them to run till much later time.

Familia Ramirez
Familia Ramirez

Miami Dade County is a conundrum. Its infrastructure or lack of is the problem. It's too spread out. Depending on where you live it would take hours to get somewhere.

Everton Ant Andrews
Everton Ant Andrews

Miami isn't New York. it isn't $18 an half hour to park your car. if you wanna go to the club find you a sober driver. and there is a lot more land and roads here so to run more often would mean you'd need not only more drivers but more buses... which would cost the county about 230 in gas & employee pay to put out a bus that probably won't make half the money back. it's a waste of money. tax money or not it's wasteful

Eugene Estevez
Eugene Estevez

So then legalize Uber...what the heck...Miami sucks....so if we dont have a safe way to get around why doesnt Miami get with the program and legalize Uber...freakn dictatorship in Miami is gonna make me leave this city..smh.

Jessica Bailey Weatherspoon
Jessica Bailey Weatherspoon

How is this still a question?! Miami started to get popular in what, the 1920s? It's always been a late night spot. It should have been done already.

Troy Nader Moslemi
Troy Nader Moslemi

No way to park on South Beach and too many people getting killed on MacArthur on the way home. A Metromover to South Beach would be a big help.

Ira Ochacher
Ira Ochacher

Yes and broward too. Since i dont drive.

Yoandry E. Silva
Yoandry E. Silva

A metromover from downtown to south beach would be awesome. They spend so much money in high ways that we dont need and steal space to trees and animals.

David Sarnoff
David Sarnoff

Yes ! Especially for South Beach ! Collins to Aventura Mall run till 3 or 4 am on weekends. Not ONE bus every HOUR or so like it is now. :-(

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

for what? more robberies for police to investigate.

TK Small
TK Small

If Miami ever truly wants to be a world class city.

Mario Diaz
Mario Diaz

Duh of course. Crooked politicians won't ever commit to something that costly to renovate or revamp however.

Peter Diaz
Peter Diaz

I took it Metrorail for the 1st yesterday since I've been here, 13 years. I was surprised it isn't connected to everywhere.

Alex Hernandez
Alex Hernandez

Miami just needs more public transporation - period. But so long as we elect the same crooks that are in the pockets of the car dealers and road construction contractors... it won't happen and Miami will never be more than sprawl masquerading as a city. Stupid "acomplejado" Miamians that look down on public transport as just for drunks and the poor doesn't help either. Stop electing the same crooks.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

The best in the country! 24/7 subway and oddly enough, CHEAPER then Miami's.

Gilbert Tirado
Gilbert Tirado

Ugggh, yeah, so I could move, live and work there, Im not trying to have a car. I need a life not expenses, HELLO!

Jessie A. Rosario
Jessie A. Rosario

Miami transpiration system just sux!! They should go to New York City and learn something....

Steve Klare
Steve Klare

would add the cost of parking after 5pm. in lots that are not even haf fulll make no sense. reduce cost of parking. reduce ticket cost. and drive volume.

Alicia Chapman
Alicia Chapman

Is that a real question? Cuz u should know the answer is yes. Especially since we're known as a "party" city.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

the best thing County could do, is stretch Metrorail west into Doral / FIU, and North thru 27th Avenue as originally intended. But... This is Miami, people!! Any of you driven in Broward, recently? THEY FINISHED 595, WITH EXPRESS LANES AND ALL, THOUGH THEY STARTED WELL AFTER MIAMI AND ITS 836-826 CLUSTERFUCK!! The funny thing is that, Public Works in Miami don't work overnight or weekends to speed up the improvements. IT HAS TO BE FROM 7-4 RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF RUSH HOUR AND ON WEEKENDS, DON'T EVEN HAVE THE DECENCY TO REMOVE THE FUCKING BARRICADES OR PROPERLY INDICATE WHERE'S THE NEXT DITCH! I'm not hating on County Employees, but as such, for the common good, you should be required to sacrifice your weekends and nights to finish way ahead of schedule, because at this current pace, by the time you're "finished", there's an extra 20000 cars on the road. So will need to break ground again,,, OR PERHAPS THAT'S THE COUNTY/CONTRACTOR MIAMI HUSTLE?!?!

José Morales
José Morales

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Nick Ley
Nick Ley

Ummm let's work on our daytime public transit before we work on this k?

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