Miami-Dade Transit
Metrorail (top), Metromover (middle), and Metrobus (bottom) at Government Center
Metrorail (top), Metromover (middle), and Metrobus (bottom) at Government Center
OwnerMiami-Dade County
LocaleGreater Miami
Transit typeRapid transit, Downtown people mover, transit bus
Number of lines2 Metrorail lines
3 Metromover loops
90 Metrobus routes
1 Transitway
Number of stationsMiami Intermodal Center
Government Center
23 (Metrorail)
22 (Metromover)
28 (South Dade Transitway)
Daily ridership171,700 (weekdays, Q4 2021)[1]
Annual ridership52,599,400 (2021)[1]
Chief executiveEulois Cléckley
Headquarters701 NW 1st Court
Miami, Florida
Began operationAugust 2, 1960[2]
Operator(s)Miami-Dade Transit
Number of vehicles817 buses
136 Metrorail cars
42 Metromover cars
Rail transport in South Florida
Mangonia Park
West Palm Beach
Tri-Rail Silver Service Greyhound Lines
West Palm Beach
Lake Worth
Tri-Rail fare
zone boundary
Boynton Beach
Delray Beach
Tri-Rail Silver Service
Tri-Rail fare
zone boundary
Boca Raton
Boca Raton
(planned) Brightline
Deerfield Beach
Tri-Rail Silver Service
Pompano Beach
Tri-Rail fare
zone boundary
Cypress Creek
Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale
Tri-Rail Silver Service
Tri-Rail fare
zone boundary
Fort Lauderdale Airport
Sheridan Street
Tri-Rail Greyhound Lines
Tri-Rail Silver Service
Tri-Rail fare
zone boundary
(planned) Brightline
Golden Glades
Tri-Rail Greyhound Lines
Silver Service
Tri-Rail and Metrorail Transfer
Tri-Rail Downtown Miami Link
(opens late 2022)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
Hialeah Market
Earlington Heights
Miami Intermodal Center
Tri-Rail Greyhound Lines
Miami International Airport
Santa Clara
Civic Center
School Board
Adrienne Arsht Center
Museum Park
Eleventh Street
Park West
Freedom Tower
(planned) Brightline
Historic Overtown/Lyric Theatre
Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr.
Brightline enlarge…
Government Center
College North
First Street
Bayfront Park
Miami Avenue
Third Street
Knight Center
Miami River
Fifth Street
Brickell City Centre
Tenth Street/Promenade
Financial District
Coconut Grove
Douglas Road
South Miami
Dadeland North
Dadeland South
Metrobus (Miami-Dade County)#South Dade Transitway

Amtrak, Brightline, and Tri-Rail
MIA Mover
Disabled access
All stations are accessible

Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) is the primary public transit authority of Miami, Florida, United States and the greater Miami-Dade County area. It is the largest transit system in Florida and the 15th-largest transit system in the United States.[3] As of 2021, the system has 52,599,400 rides per year, or about 171,700 per weekday in the fourth quarter of 2021. MDT operates the Metrobus with their paratransit STS systems run by LSF. MDT also operates two rail transit systems: Metrorail and Metromover.

Metrobus operates over 93 routes, including the South Dade Transitway.[4] MDT's main transit stations are Government Center in Downtown, and the Miami Intermodal Center in Grapeland Heights, which can access the Miami International Airport.[5]

Metrorail is composed of two rail lines (Green and Orange lines) with 23 stations radiating from the city center towards outlying neighborhoods north and south of Downtown. Metromover operates throughout the Downtown, Omni, and Brickell neighborhoods, and is composed of three rail loops and 22 stations. The opening of the new Metrorail Orange Line in April 2012 is expected to significantly increase usage of the system.[6] As of 2013, rail fares collected were $23 million/yr and it cost $78 million/yr to operate the rail system.[7]

Tri-Rail is a separate entity and not controlled by MDT. Tri-Rail, a commuter rail system, connects the Miami Intermodal Center & Tri-Rail Metrorail Transfer station to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.[8]


In 1960, the Dade County Commission passed an ordinance creating the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to unify the different transit operations into one countywide service. This ordinance provided for the purchase, development, and operation of an adequate mass transit system by the County. These companies included the Miami Transit Company, Miami Beach Railway Company, South Miami Coach Lines, and Keys Transit Company on Key Biscayne and would be managed by National City Management Company. National City was dismissed as manager in 1974.[9] Over the years and under various administrations, MTA evolved into the Metro-Dade Transportation Administration, the Metro-Dade Transit Agency, the Miami-Dade Transit Agency, and is now known simply as Miami-Dade Transit (MDT).

Miami-Dade Transit, a county department of more than 4,000 employees, is the largest transit agency in the state of Florida and accounts for more than half of the trips taken on public transit in the state. MDT operates an accessible, integrated system of 93-plus Metrobus routes; the 22-mile (35 km) Metrorail rapid transit system; Metromover, a free downtown people mover system; and the Paratransit division's Special Transportation Service. Metrobus routes cover more than 35-million miles annually, including limited service to Broward and Monroe counties. In 2004, MDT's Metrorail, Metromover, and Metrobus transported more than 96 million passengers, compared to 85 million the previous year.

2011 federal investigation

Miami-Dade Transit was undergoing a federal investigation by the Federal Transit Administration that includes several audits and a criminal investigation of the transit agency due to concerns over money mismanagement within the agency.[10] This caused a freezing of federal funds being granted to the county agency. In late 2010 the county manager claimed that it was 'not fraud' but rather accounting errors, poor management, and erroneous information given to the auditors that triggered the investigation, including a withdrawal of $15 million through the ECHO program that was made by a transit official two hours after a letter arrived in September 2010 from the FTA telling them withdrawals had been restricted.[11] The investigation and lack of funding let to emergency service cuts to Metrorail, Metrobus, and Metromover being considered by the agency by the middle of 2011, six months into the investigation and lack of funding which began in November 2010, causing MDT to lose $185 million in grant money. Assistant county manager Ysela Llort became responsible for Miami-Dade Transit after director Harpal Kapoor left in April 2011. Additionally, funding for the Metrorail airport link was jeopardized by the funding freeze. The FTA decided to continue funding under strict control in order to keep service cuts from happening.[12]

MDT headquarters are located in the Overtown Transit Village in Downtown Miami.[13]

Improvement projects


Main article: Metrorail (Miami-Dade County)

a Metrorail train at Tri-Rail and Metrorail Transfer Station (2011)
a Metrorail train at Tri-Rail and Metrorail Transfer Station (2011)

Metrorail is an elevated heavy rail rapid transit system. It has two lines on 24.4 mi (39 km) of track with termini west of Hialeah, at Miami International Airport, and in Kendall.

Metrorail serves the urban core of Miami, connecting the urban centers of Miami International Airport, the Civic Center, Downtown Miami, and Brickell with the northern developed neighborhoods of Hialeah and Medley to the northwest, and to suburban The Roads, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, and South Miami, ending at Dadeland South in Kendall.


Main article: Metromover

a Metromover double-unit train in Arts & Entertainment District (2012)
a Metromover double-unit train in Arts & Entertainment District (2012)

Metromover is a free, elevated, automated mass transit people mover that runs on three loops: the Downtown Inner Loop, Brickell Loop, and the Omni Loop. The systems total 4.4 miles (7.1 km) with 22 stations at roughly every two blocks in the greater Downtown area. Metromover serves the neighborhoods of Downtown, Arts & Entertainment District, Brickell, Park West, and Overtown.


Main article: Metrobus (Miami-Dade County)

NABI 40-LFW, photographed in 2019
NABI 40-LFW, photographed in 2019
New Flyer DE60LFA at Adrienne Arsht Center Bus Terminal (2012)
New Flyer DE60LFA at Adrienne Arsht Center Bus Terminal (2012)

The Metrobus network provides bus service throughout Miami-Dade County 365 days a year. It consists of about 93 routes and 880 buses, which connect most points in the county and part of southern Broward County as well. Seven of these routes operate around the clock: Routes 3, 11, 27, 38, 77 (last bus from Downtown Miami 1:10 am, first bus from Downtown Miami 4:10 am), L (No 24-hour service to Hialeah, all trips terminate at Northside Station) and S. Routes 246 Night Owl (served by LSF) & Route 500 Midnight Owl (County operated) which operate from midnight to 5 am. Most other routes operate from 4:30 am to 1:30 am. All Metrobuses are wheelchair accessible, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and all county buses except for private run routes are equipped with bicycle racks. Some privatized routes trucks are receiving bike racks but very limited.

Bus route 301 (Dade-Monroe Express) extends into Monroe County, reaching Marathon, where a transfer is available to a Key West Transit bus proceeding further into the Keys. With the appropriate bus transfers, one can travel all the way from Key West to Jupiter entirely on public-transit buses.

Paratransit (STS)

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Paratransit/Special Transportation Services (STS) is available for people with a mental or physical disability who cannot ride Metrobus, Metrorail, or Metromover. For $3.50 per one-way trip, STS offers shared-ride, door-to-door travel in accessible vehicles throughout most of Miami-Dade County, in some parts of south Broward County, and in the middle and northern Keys. STS operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including most holidays. Service is run by private company.


See also: EASY Card (South Florida)

The "EASY Card" system is a regional fare collection system with interoperable smartcards and equipment. The following information is specific to Miami-Dade Transit:

Since October 1, 2009, Miami-Dade Transit has used the EASY Card system[14] for fare collection.

On December 13, 2009 paper-based bus transfers were discontinued, and bus-to-bus transfers are now free only when using an EASY Card or EASY Ticket.

The current standard fare is $2.25 and reduced fare is $1.10. A standard monthly pass costs $112.50 and $56.25 for reduced fare (College Students). The monthly Metropass is loaded onto the EASY Card. Fare gates at all Metrorail stations does not accept any type of cash,[14] and require an EASY Card/Ticket, contactless device, or contactless debit/credit card to enter and exit the stations.

Reduced fares are available only to Medicare recipients, people with disabilities, and Miami-Dade students in grades K-12. Fare is free to kids below 42 inches (110 cm) tall with fare-paying rider. Full time college students may also purchase a College EASY Ticket to ride Metrobus or Metrorail at $56.25 at their college/university along with a valid Student ID.[17] Miami-Dade County employees can also receive discounted monthly rates and pre-tax savings by enrolling in the Monthly Pass Payroll Deduction program.[18]

All Miami-Dade senior citizens aged 65 years and older and with Social Security benefits ride free with a Golden Passport pass. Veterans residing in Miami-Dade and earning less than $22,000 annually ride free with the Patriot Passport pass.

As of August 21, 2019, and December 23, 2019 riders can use their smartphones/smartwatches and contactless credit/debt cards to board the Metrorail and Metrobus. (Accepting Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay etc.).


In 2018, the annual operating expense was $552 million; annual revenue was $106 million. Each passenger trip cost $6.77. One-way rides on Metrobus and Metrorails cost $2.25; rides on Metromover were free of charge to passengers.[19][20]

Passenger ridership

Passengers at Government Center
Passengers at Government Center

In February 2011, Miami-Dade Transit ridership totaled 336,067 passengers, including all Metrorail, Metromover and Metrobus lines. With a population of about 2.5 million in Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade Transit accounts for 15% of the population's daily mode of transportation. Note: This figure does not include Tri-Rail, Miami's commuter rail operator.

Since the debut of Uber in the Miami area ridership has decreased each year, especially on the buses. By 2018, there were fewer riders than in 1999. In 2018, Metrorail and Metromover began to shut down earlier in the evening; the peak in-service fleet was cut by 4%; and service miles were cut by 2 million.[19]

Annual passenger ridership

Year Metrobus Metrorail Metromover Total ridership
1995 61,516,400 14,445,400 4,168,600 80,130,400
1996 60,466,700 14,245,000 3,847,400 78,559,100
1997 62,344,200 13,923,700 4,175,200 80,443,100
1998 62,358,100 13,298,900 4,064,900 79,721,900
1999 64,252,400 13,769,400 4,069,700 82,091,500
2000 65,689,800 14,023,600 4,256,500 83,969,900
2001 65,067,100 13,678,000 4,951,800 83,696,900
2002 63,423,500 13,932,100 5,171,700 82,527,300
2003 65,046,900 14,318,500 6,978,900 86,344,300
2004 77,909,300 15,987,600 8,686,300 102,583,200
2005 78,373,000 17,001,000 8,537,500 103,911,500
2006 83,080,500 17,388,100 8,389,500 108,858,100
2007 84,218,300 17,672,000 8,838,800 110,729,100
2008 86,409,200* 19,075,900* 8,723,700 114,208,800*
2009 73,104,900 17,792,100 7,986,100 98,883,100
2010 70,942,000 17,438,400 8,121,000 96,501,400
2011 76,858,200 18,295,500 9,219,600* 104,373,300
2016[21] - - - 96,228,800
2018[19] - - - 81,600,000

* Record highs

Weekday passenger ridership averages

Year Metrobus Metrorail[22] Metromover Total daily passengers
1998 207,048 44,871 13,269 265,188
1999 209,111 46,774 13,880 269,765
2000 212,927 47,256 14,383 274,566
2001 211,823 46,664 16,849 275,336
2002 204,941 47,064 16,444 268,449
2003 215,306 51,248 25,521 292,076
2004 234,109 55,294 28,192 317,595
2005 246,023 59,700 28,473 334,195
2006 259,375 58,358 27,042 344,775
2007 264,467
(record high)
59,708 28,058 352,233
(record high)
2008 259,018 63,710
(record high)
26,682 349,410
2009 233,858 59,992 25,883 319,733
2010 227,883 59,900 27,175 314,958
2011 245,358 62,559 29,775
(record high)

See also


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  13. ^ "[1]." Miami-Dade Transit. Retrieved on September 14, 2011. "Miami-Dade Transit Administrative Offices Overtown Transit Village 701 NW 1st Court Miami, Florida 33136"
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  18. ^ "County Employee Discount EASY Card".
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