New articulated buses added to Metrobus fleet
The Department of Transportation and Public Works recently received 11 new 60-foot, articulated hybrid buses that will be placed into service this month.
The buses can comfortably transport up to 100 passengers and have high-tech amenities, such as free on-board Wi-Fi.
“By upgrading our Metrobus fleet with more eco-friendly, high-efficient buses, we are making investments today that in the future will yield fuel savings and better protect our environment,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.
The new buses were acquired via local funds and a state grant that was awarded to DTPW in June 2015. The buses were acquired for the planned Bus Express Rapid Transit service along State Road (SR) 836. This service will provide three express bus lines along SR 836, from west Miami-Dade County to downtown Miami and the Miami Intermodal Center.
The first line, which will provide service between the soon-to-be built Dolphin Station/Transit Terminal Facility (located at the northwest intersection the Florida Turnpike and SR 836) and downtown Miami, is expected to begin service in late 2017. The other two lines are expected to begin service in late 2019.
Until service along SR 836 commences, the articulated buses are slated to be placed in service along Flagler and Eighth streets.
To plan a trip on transit, residents and visitors are encouraged to download the newly upgraded free Miami-Dade Transit Tracker app, which offers complete trip-planning information, as well as real-time information for approaching buses, Metrorail and Metromover vehicles.
The public also can visit the Department’s website, or speak with a Transit agent by calling 305-891-3131, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sundays and County-observed holidays.