Miami-Dade County buses set for major shift with ‘Better Bus Network’

Miami-Dade County’s bus system is getting a major overhaul in the form of the Better Bus Network.

The initiative to redesign the county’s bus network started as a grassroots effort from the nonprofit advocacy group Transit Alliance in 2018. After five years of lobbying and design work, Miami-Dade County got on board, and the Better Bus Network is set to launch countywide on Monday.

The network aims to streamline the bus system map by eliminating certain bus stops along high-traffic routes, discontinuing some lines with low ridership and adding more buses. The goal is to create “high-frequency service,” with buses coming every ten to 15 minutes throughout the day on weekdays and weekends.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Eileen Higgins, a sponsor of the plan, said transit riders, including herself, have long lamented slow and unreliable service from the county’s metrobuses.

“I’m a bus rider, so I personally complain about infrequent bus service,” Higgins told WLRN. “Particularly on Saturdays and Sundays, sometimes we’ll have service coming every 30 minutes or once an hour. That’s really hard. We had the opportunity with the Better Bus Network to look at how we become more efficient.”

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