Nonetheless, there are concerns that rising gas prices could stall increases in airport travelers as the airline model can’t handle oil prices above $100 per barrel.
-José Abreu, Miami-Dade aviation director quoted in a recent Miami Today article. For reference West Texas Intermediate crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange reached $105.21 per barrel today.
Most major cities have one. Now, the Greater Miami area has express bus service from Miami International Airport to one of its most popular destinations - Miami Beach.
As part of the bus service adjustments that began on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, Miami-Dade Transit introduced the new Airport Flyer (Route 150) – an express bus route that makes going to Miami International Airport fast, easy, convenient and economical for travelers and airport employees.
The Airport Flyer provides express service between MIA and Miami Beach, making one stop at the Earlington Heights Metrorail station. Buses run every 30 minutes, from about 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. For just $2.35 each way, passengers can ride aboard 40-foot buses equipped with luggage racks and comfortable seating. Buses are specially branded for easy identification by the public.
This bus route, which is being funded by a grant from the Federal Transit Administration, provides a rapid, reliable and inexpensive transit connection for the more than 4.8 million of visitors who travel to Miami Beach each year from MIA. The route also will provide viable transportation for those who work at the airport or in the Miami Beach restaurant and hotel industry.
On its first day in service, Dec. 13th, the Airport Flyer had more than 800 passengers who took advantage of this new service.
To make it more convenient for travelers to plan their transit trips, Miami-Dade Transit worked closely with MIA to refurbish the bus stop waiting area at the airport, which is located in Terminal E lower level (arrivals), right across from short-term parking. Here travelers can find complete transit information, along with an electronic transit kiosk and an EASY Card ticket vending machine. For only $5, travelers can purchase a 1-Day Pass on an EASY Card or EASY Ticket, and enjoy unlimited rides on transit for one day.
The Airport Flyer is a bi-directional route. From the airport, buses travel along State Road 112, make one stop at the Earlington Heights Station, and continue east on Interstate 195/Julia Tuttle Causeway into Miami Beach.
Eastbound, after serving the Earlington Heights Station, the route serves the bus stops on 41 Street at Alton Road and at Sheridan Avenue – stopping near St. Patrick Church and nearby restaurants; on the westbound direction, the route also serves the bus stop on 41 Street at Indian Creek Drive. The route travels south on Indian Creek Drive and Collins Avenue, serving all local bus stops between 41 and 16 streets.
On Collins Avenue, you are a brief walk away from popular sites, such as the Bass Museum of Art, and the Delano and Shore Club hotels, among others. The route also serves the bus stops at Washington Avenue and Lincoln Road, and at 17 Street and Convention Center Drive, with the last stop on 19 Street and Convention Center Drive.
The Airport Flyer provides a connection to the South Beach Local on Washington Avenue at Lincoln Road and on 17 Street at Convention Center Drive. These two stops are within walking distance from restaurants and shops located on Lincoln Road Mall.
To view the Airport Flyer’s schedule and route map, visit www.miamidade.gov/transit.
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Let me see if I am reading this sequence of events correctly:
- Miami-Dade County commissioners allowed development to occur adjacent to Kendall-Tamiami Airport.
- Thousands of cookie cutter homes were built, some in locations far too close to the airport boundary (you all remember how certain developers took certain commissioners on fishing trips to Mexico because they are so kind in exchange for a reduction in the airport buffer zone…)
- Knowing of the airport’s existence, families still moved into these houses.
- Residents are now complaining of the noise caused by the airport and want restrictions placed on flights.
I don’t know about you, but I’m left scratching my head on this one. How stupid are we? One of the proposed “solutions” is to move more of the training flights out to the Dade-collier transition facility in the middle of the everglades. In case you aren’t aware, in the late 1960’s some of our legislative geniuses laid the foundation to create the world’s largest airport (Everglades Jetport) in the middle of the Florida Everglades. Luckily, only one of the airports proposed 6 runways (a 10,500 ft behemoth nonetheless) was actually constructed before environmentalists (rather the cancellation of the SST aircraft, the main reason why the airport was conceived from the beginning) convinced the government that the airport would cause irreparable harm to the ecosystem.
I digressed as usual, but am I the only one in complete disbelief? This reminds me of the other geniuses in Kendall who never realized that existing rail rights-of-way like the CSX or FEC corridor could actually once again be used for regular rail service…
But residents are worried about the dangers associated with testing equipment in such a highly populated area.
It has even led homeowners to question whether it’s time for the Federal Aviation Administration to revisit airport guidelines now that the landscape around the airport has significantly changed from mostly empty fields to hundreds of homes.
Once again, this chain of events is the result of developers controlling our land-use regulations. Land-use planning is pro-active, why is it that in Miami-Dade County we’re always left cleaning up other people’s messes?
The swath of land centered in the image below was a former airfield in Pinecrest, forced to close due to encroaching development, could Kendall-Tamiami experience this fate one day? How about Homestead General Aviation Airport or even Dade-Collier?
The people mover system would also include an intermodal center where it crosses the FEC tracks, so it could connect to future Tri-Rail service in that corridor and allow passengers to get to area hotels as easily as the port.
Want to know more about Sunport? This Thursday, January 10, the airport and Port Everglades are hosting a public workshop on the project. Show up at 6PM at the Broward County African American Research Library Auditorium.
Many people are going to be traveling this holiday season. The Sun-Sentinel and the Miami Herald both point out that airports will be crowded and parking scarce for the Thanksgiving travel days. They offer tips like “get a ride,” but they neglect to offer the best suggestion to avoid both the parking issues and the vehicle traffic in the terminal: Tri-Rail. Parking is free at Tri-Rail stations, so put what you would have paid at the airport towards your Tri-Rail ticket and enjoy your gas savings as you zip along towards any of the three major
Once you get to the appropriate station, just hop on a connecting bus and head over to the airport. The connections take anywhere from 5 minutes to 15 minutes to get from the train station to the airport terminal, so don’t forget to add in a bit of extra time. If you’re going to FLL or MIA, Tri-Rail provides the free shuttle bus to the airport. If you’re going to Palm Beach International, you’re stuck using Palm Tran routes 40 or 44, but it’s still free with the Tri-Rail ticket.
We all know it would be better if Tri-Rail consistently ran on time and you didn’t have any delays there. And it would be better still if Tri-Rail or even Metrorail went straight to the airport terminal without bus transfers. (We are all patiently awaiting the
Financing has been secured to construct a Maglev train linking Munich with its’ airport, however the $2.6 Billion project is still facing a great deal of criticism. The proposed train would cut the trek to and from the city and airport down to 10 minutes from the current 40.
Also, the Iconic MIAMI wall…
- Meanwhile, Aeromexico, one of the South Terminal’s new inhabitants, recently announced it would end its Ft. Lauderdale service…
- Emirates Airlines will be visiting MIA on September 6th…Miami-Dubai Service coming soon?
Update: Alex’s View, though he clearly hasn’t visited the disaster known as Heathrow or walked the infinite corridors throughout Barajas…Not two of the airport’s we’d use to compare ourselves to…
- For those of you who haven’t visited the site in a while due to the convenience of the automatic daily e-mails, you may not have noticed the addition of James Wilkins to the Transit Miami staff (more to come soon, too.) James will be primarily writing about architecture and Urban Design here on a weekly basis. His first post appeared on Monday and discussed what could/should be Miami’s most prominent waterfront structures at Museum Park. As always, if you have any news, stories, or general feedback for any of us three, please drop us an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org…
- The site will be temporarily out of commission for part of the weekend, sorry for any inconvenience which this may cause…
- New Sidebar Miami Blogs: Hallandale Beach Blog, South Beach Hoosier
- Broward Commissioners approved a new 8,000 ft. south runway for Ft. Lauderdale on Tuesday night before a crowd of over 1,000 (mostly opponents) at the Convention Center. The new runway will allow FLL to meet expected demand over the next few decades and will provide the airport with another runway capable of handling most domestic aircraft. The $600 Million runway will likely require the purchase or soundproofing of 2,500 nearby residences and will be elevated over US-1, similar to Atlanta’s runway, pictured below…
- Meanwhile, the state denied FPL’s most recent bid to build a “clean” coal power plant in Glades County. “…the company lost its bid to build the coal plant, in part, due to risks the facility would contribute to Everglades and other environmental pollution…” (Via CM)
- If you build it, they will come…Now, can we just start doing it properly?
- I’ve accidentally neglected TM’s Friend Rebbecca Carter of GreenerMiami for too long. Back in May she covered the Commuter Challenge, which this year featured two Mercy Hospital employees “racing” from SW 152 ST. The commuter who used the busway and metrorail won by 19 minutes! Here is her take on the I-95 HOT lanes too…
- The 836 West extension opens next month and with that, more tolls! Rick says its best: “One More Reason Not To Live In Kendall…” but I find that hard to swallow coming from a Pembroke Pines Suburbanite… In any case, the West extension from the Turnpike to 137th Avenue will be available to SunPass users only…
- India’s Richest Man builds 60 story home…You know, because you need a place to house your family of 6, plus a full time staff of 600…
- PlanNYC 2030…I don’t think Miami has a plan for tomorrow, how can we even begin to contemplate where we’ll be 20 years down the line…
- District Should Welcome Walkers, Not Ticket Them…I agree, for the most part…
- Google Transit 2.0…
- Make Driving less Desirable and alternatives more appealing…”This approach, however, will be effective only if there are good alternatives to driving alone.”
We didn’t spend as much time in Flughafen Wien due to the fact that it was our final destination, however, while passing through I noted several similarities between it and Schiphol. The airport featured some enclosed glass boxed rooms for smokers only, an innovative thought to keep the smoke away from the general terminals; even though smoking is generally permitted everywhere else indoors in
The City to airport connection at both airports is a marvel in itself. Forget the
The City/Airport connection in
Amsterdam’s Central Station is an amazing intermodal facility. It links the city with the airport via rail as well as local metro service, streetcars, buses, ferries, water taxis, regional rail service, and long distance rail…
More to come soon…
Miami-Dade Transit’s own consultants [Not me, however see below] are concluding that a rubber-tired automated people mover that would run from the airport to the Miami Intermodal Center is a better option, according to a draft report obtained Thursday by The Miami Herald.
It appears that my “Airtrain Solution Series” wasn’t such a bad idea to begin with. My main concern regarding this decision is whether it will be designed/built properly to accommodate most of the terminals rather than just one centralized station at the airport (you know, in an effort to cut project costs as usual.)
More info on the vehicle maker, Sumitomo Corp…
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