The City of Miami Gardens Launches Free “EXPRESS” Community Trolley Service
Monday, June 01, 2015
The Gardens EXPRESS Pilot Program Will Begin on June 1st at Noon for Residents and Visitors to the City
Miami Gardens, FL—All aboard the Gardens EXPRESS! Miami Gardens’ premiere circulator service is scheduled to launch its pilot program on Monday, June 1st at 12PM, following a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at City Hall at 10:30AM. The Gardens EXPRESS will operate two handicap accessible community buses covering the east and west sides of the City that will allow passengers to shop, visit and travel within the Miami Gardens area. The system is free to all riders.
To view the Miami Gardens EXPRESS promotional video featuring Mayor Oliver Gilbert and residents of Miami Gardens, visit bit.ly/MiamiGardensEXPRESS.
The Miami Gardens EXPRESS has pre-determined stops conveniently located throughout the city at landmark locations and local roads to supplement Miami-Dade County’s current transit system. The Gardens EXPRESS links major destinations, local businesses and neighborhoods, while connecting to over 20 Miami-Dade Transit stops. Service will initially be provided using temporary limousine-style buses until the permanent trolleys are manufactured later this year. Select stops along the EXPRESS’ east and west routes include City Hall, Sun Life Stadium, North Dade Regional Library, Florida Memorial University, Jackson North Dade Health Center, Shoppes at the Gardens, and Betty T. Ferguson Complex.
“The great thing about the Miami Gardens EXPRESS is that it is exclusive to our residents and visitors. It serves as a supplementary service to Miami -Dade Transit; thereby, connecting our residents to key locations in the City and to other transit connections that travel outside of our city limits,” says Public Works Director, Tom Ruiz.
The trolley services are funded by the People’s Transportation Plan (PTP) half-penny surtax, which was approved by Miami-Dade County voters in 2002. The City of Miami Gardens began to receive its share of the half-penny surtax during the Fiscal Year 2012-13. Immediately, staff began work in planning and implementing the trolley service with support from Mayor Oliver Gilbert and the Miami Gardens City Council.
Miami Gardens City Manager Cameron Benson recognizes the circulator services are a major part of the City’s advancement. “We are aiming for continued economic development success. A key to connecting these points of development will be the addition of the Miami Gardens EXPRESS trolley services,” says Benson.
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