Thursday, June 18, 2009

Miami Dade Transit screws its riders

Miami Dade Transit this week instituted more route reductions and eliminations that have left some riders without a ride home late at night.

Random Pixels evesdropped as two bus drivers on Miami Beach chatted last night about one group of riders who now find themselves without a ride home.

Apparently people who take the last Southbound Metrorail to Dadeland South and then transfer to the 88 bus are now stranded.

The last train arrives at Dadeland South at 12:39am. In the past many of those passengers transferred to the 88 for a ride to 88th St. and SW 157th Ave.

But now, the last westbound bus on Kendall Drive leaves at 11:50pm stranding those riders who arrive on the last train.

The bigshots at Transit have discontinued service on the 88 after midnight.

I'm sure there are others who have been affected but this one strikes us as particlarly bizarre.


1 comment:

  1. Here’s some good news for the folks who ride the 88 from Dadeland late at night: we’re bringing back the 12:50 a.m. departure, which should accommodate riders coming in on the last train of the night. It’s going to take a few days to work out the new schedule for the bus operators, so we think it will resume by Monday.

    The change happened because our preliminary ridership data suggested that 12:50 run wasn’t being used very much. Once we finalized the data, however, we determined it was worth reinstating. It was that route's bus operator who brought the issue to our attention in the first place.

    Based on feedback to 311, there are a couple of other tweaks we’re trying to make to this month’s route adjustments. Stay tuned for more information.

    Vicki Mallette
    Communications Director
    Miami-Dade County


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