New 95 express bus service from Miramar starts Monday
Express bus service from south Broward County to downtown Miami and the Civic Center area will run a little faster and be more convenient starting Monday — good news for commuters as gas prices climb over $3 a gallon and are forecast to rise even higher.
A new express route will run from the Miramar Town Center to major employers like Jackson Memorial Hospital, the VA Hospital and others in Miami’s Civic Center area in addition to downtown Miami. This is the first express bus service from Broward to the Civic Center and hospitals area.
In addition, buses that that run from Pembroke Pines to downtown Miami will no longer have to stop at the Golden Glades interchange to pick up passengers, eliminating a time-consuming stop.
The additional route makes four locations in Broward County offering express bus service: Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Hollywoodand Fort Lauderdale. The service was launched last January as the first true regional cross-county bus service that allows riders to take a single bus deep into the heart of the adjacent county without having to switch to another bus after they cross the county line.
The buses travel in the I-95 express lanes between the Golden Glades and downtown Miami, at rush-hour speeds usually much faster than solo drivers in the regular lanes. This year, construction will begin to extend the express lanes north to Fort Lauderdale.
Broward County Transit operates the express buses that start at Miramar and Pembroke Pines. Miami-Dade County Transit runs the express buses between the Broward Boulevard and Sheridan Street park-and-ride lots on I-95 and downtown Miami.
Fares for all express buses are $2.35 for a one-way trip, $23.50 for a 10-day pass or $85 for a monthly pass, which also is accepted on all Broward County Transit buses.
By eliminating stops along Hollywood Boulevard and Pines Boulevard on the reverse trips from Miami, officials hope to attract more riders from Miami with the promise they’ll get to Broward faster in the morning and home in Miami in the evening.
The Miramar express buses will start at Miramar Town Center’s bus terminal, then travel on Red Road andFlorida’s Turnpike to the Golden Glades and the I-95 express lanes.
Stops include the Civic Center area plus the Miami-Dade Government Center and the Miami bus terminal, both in downtown Miami.
In the mornings, the first three buses that arrive in downtown Miami from Miramar will return to Miramar without making any stops. In the afternoons, the first three buses that arrive at Miramar Town Center from Miami will return to downtown Miami without making any stops.
The Miramar buses will run every 30 minutes weekdays from 6 to 8:30 a.m. from Miramar and from 3:40 to 6:15 p.m. from Miami.
Passengers who board at the bus station at Miramar Town Center can park on the second floor of the parking garage for free if they display a placard from South Florida Commuter Services. Call 1-800-234-RIDE or go to www.1800234ride.com to obtain a placard.
Source: Micheal Turnbell (Sun-Sentinel)