The 7 Day Metropass has Arrived!

That’s right folks, today MDT unveiled their new 7 day metropass geared to Miami’s tourist market:
The $19 pass will come with a countywide transit system map including detailed maps of Miami Beach and downtown Miami showing visitors how to get to numerous tourist attractions and destinations using Metrobus, Metrorail and Metromover. A scratch-off calendar will let passengers choose the seven consecutive days they wish to use the pass.

Now, if only we could accelerate plans to unify the tri-county transit systems and implement system wide technology which would enable the use of credit cards, we’ll really be making some logical progress…

The pass will initially be sold at Miami International Airport, four visitor centers, select hotels and businesses and MDT’s transit service centers. For exact pass sales locations and hours of operation, call 305-770-3131 or visit www.miamidade.gov/transit. Online sales of the pass will begin in the fall on MDT’s website as well as a number of international travel websites.

6 Responses to “The 7 Day Metropass has Arrived!”


  1. 1 Anonymous

    It doesn’t come with a parking pass, though… which makes it more expensive to use if you need to drive to get to Metrorail… I would use Metrorail a lot more if parking could somehow be included with the cost of riding, besides the monthly pass option. $4 parking, plus $3 round trip… starts to equal the cost of parking downtown.

  2. 2 Gabriel J. Lopez-Bernal

    Free parking wouldn’t make sense either. The whole point of charging for parking (aside from being a significant revenue stream) is to encourage feeder bus use. Free Parking is the root of our vehicular addiction…

  3. 3 Anonymous

    I know nothing about development or engineering, but from a lay person, I tend to disagree with the comment about free parking leads to vehicular addiction.
    I think it’s an overstatement when talking about free parking at metrorail stations.
    If you talk about free parking at your actual destination (restaurant, beach, shopping area, etc), then I can see it encouraging car usage.
    But for someone like me who lives close, but not quite walking distance, to a metrorail station, I would use it more often if the parking were free, or didn’t require all that change.
    But I’m not going to walk 4 blocks to the nearest bus stop, wait in the heat, then ride the bus to the rail.
    So, what do I end up doing? Driving all the way downtown, paying the $7 for parking there and adding to vehicle congestion.
    Some of us need a little more incentive (like free parking) to encourage the rail use.

  4. 4 Tony Garcia

    Anon, I think the incentive should be that you don’t have to drive. Public transit policy isn’t about babying the public into using transit because its green or the nice thing to do (nor should it be). You take transit because that is what it means to live in a city. To slip into the Cuban vernacular here for a moment, I find this attitude of ‘whats in it for me’ with regard to transit and urbanism in general in South Florida to be malcriado: spoiled.

    How about this for an incentive: $5.00 a gallon gas. This needs to be understood by everyone reading this: it’s not a question of if but of when. Unless scientists come up with a way to make water a viable source of power for our cars, we are going to be really disappointed when our transit system is about 50 years behind schedule. At that point we’ll see how the $100 one way commute will sound to people.

  5. 5 silver

    BTw, I was anon2 above.
    I agree with you and enjoy your blog, even if I rarely comment.
    I guess many of us (including myself) are spoiled.
    A guess part of the mindset (at least in my thinking)is I don’t live in a city, I live in the suburbs of Palmetto Bay or Sweetwater or Kendall… If I wanted to live in a “city” then I would move “downtown” and then of course I would have easy access to all I needed and use public transportation.
    Thanks for all you do on this blog and hopefully your work and posts will make some of us think more.

  6. 6 Tony Garcia

    Silver, I appreciate your position. As a lifelong resident of Kendall, I understand exactly where you are coming from. The line between what we define as city and what is suburb is very blurry these days, which is why our situation as a city is so awkward. The fact is that our public transportation system is not there yet, which is why we need to support the system we have. The more the commissioners see that public transit is an integral part of living here the more they will support it. It is analagous to road building (the more roads we build the more we depend on cars), so to must we become dependent on transit.

    All I can say is for you to spread the idea that transit is not an idea that belongs to some other place and time. It is relevant right now. All you have to do is ride.

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