Cut it or double it? That is the question

By | February 21st, 2011 | 2 Comments

We won't take you there?

The committee that oversees Miami Beach transportation says it will have to either double the fare to ride the South Beach Local — from 25 cents to 50 cents — or cut back the service, according to the Herald. The local bus stops every 13 to 20 minutes on its route along Alton Road, South Point Drive, Washington Avenue, and Dade Boulevard (plus a few detours) between 7:40 a.m. and 1 a.m. With 4,500 riders boarding every week, “Miami-Dade Transit calls it the most successful circulator in the county,” Miami Beach transportation coordinator Christine Bettin told the Herald. The head of Miami Beach’s transportation committee acknowledged the local is “a lifeline for many South Beach residents” and called the proposed fare hike “an insignificant amount”. What do you think? Are you one of the 4,500 monthly local riders? Would you rather see the fare double or service cut back? Is the extra quarter “insignificant”?

2 Comments on “Cut it or double it? That is the question”

  1. 1 Leah said at 1:39 pm on February 21st, 2011:

    My impression was that the people who use this bus are primarily tourists, but I could be wrong…

  2. 2 Jordan Melnick said at 1:48 pm on February 21st, 2011:

    Don’t think so. I haven’t ridden it much since moving to sobe in the summer (even though it stops right in front of my bldg), but I haven’t noticed many tourists when I have taken a ride. I used to ride it all the time a few years ago when my friend lived in sobe. It’s a great, cheap way to get around the beach.

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