The concepts survey is now closed, but you can learn more about them below.
We are currently designing the draft new network, and will release the survey results soon.

We are redesigning the Miami-Dade County bus network, including three trolley systems (City of Miami, Miami Beach and Coral Gables). Most transit riders in the county use buses, but less people have been choosing to use them. We are trying to make our bus system more useful for more people.

On this page, we will first show you our bus network today, and then two concepts for how it might change. These concepts are not proposals.

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Current Network

Red lines arrive every 15 minutes or less
Purple lines arrive every 16 - 24 minutes
Blue lines arrive every 25 - 30 minutes
Light blue lines arrive every 31 - 60 minutes

This is a map of our bus network today. The color of the route tells you how often the bus arrives during the day. For example, on a red line, a bus arrives every 15 minutes.

More people tend to use the red lines (a bus every 15 minutes) because the next bus is always coming soon. However, the County runs only five red lines, so we have very few of these frequent bus routes. Most of our bus routes arrive every 30 minutes, and many arrive every 60 minutes.

City trolleys and County buses also run similar routes – which makes the system inefficient, less useful and more confusing. Both trolley and bus routes can be improved to work better together.

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How should we design our new network?

It depends on our goal.

If our goal is to get lots of people to ride the buses (ridership), then we would run very frequent service (every 15 minutes or similar) where there are lots of people and lots of jobs close together. But where there are fewer people, jobs and bus riders – we might not run buses at all.

If our goal is to reach as many places in the County as possible (coverage), then we would spread out our bus service. But when we do that, very few bus routes can have frequent service (most routes run every 30 or 60 minutes), and less people find the bus system useful.

When lots of people ride the buses (ridership) we get:
– Less traffic congestion
– Less air pollution
– Most people have access to more jobs and opportunities

When we spread out our bus service (coverage) we get:
– Bus service in more areas, even if not many people use it
– More bus service in suburban areas
– Lifeline transit access that might not exist otherwise

The two concepts show how we could design the new network depending on which goal is more important, using the same budget we have today. Your opinion will help us understand what to do when we design the final plan.

The concepts are not proposals. We will design the final plan later this year based on your input.

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Coverage Concept

Dark Red lines arrive every 10 minutes  |  Red lines arrive every 15 minutes
This concept has a few more frequent bus routes than today because the trolleys and buses in the City of Miami work much better together. This benefits the whole county, because now we can invest in new frequent routes in places that did not have any before.

Most people and places that have transit service today will still have some service, but people still have to wait a long time for the bus on most routes.

Click the map to open the full version
Click here for the City of Miami Map


Ridership Concept

Dark Red lines arrive every 10 minutes  |  Red lines arrive every 15 minutes

This concept goes one step further and connects the the places with the most people and the most jobs with the best possible bus service (every 15 minutes or similar). However, some areas that don't have as many people, jobs, or bus riders would lose service.

More people will ride the buses because most routes arrive every 15 minutes, making connections much easier and getting people to more jobs faster.

Click the map to open the full versionClick here for the City of Miami Map


Draft New Network Coming Soon

Questions? E-mail team@betterbus.miami