06-Metro Bus - Rail - Mover/Rosa Parks Tribute (Right)
We are now at site #06; Metro Bus/Rail/Mover/Rosa Parks on the right…
The Miami County Commission created the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) in 1960 and over the years and under various administrations it evolved into the Metro-Dade Transportation Administration, then the Metro-Dade Transit Agency, the Miami-Dade Transit Agency, and today is simply known as Miami-Dade Transit (MDT). The system today operates under four modes of transportation; to include the Metrobus, Metrorail, Metromover, and Paratransit (STS). Together they transport nearly 300,000 passengers on a daily basis.
Today the 136 train, 23 station Metrorail system consists of a 25-mile elevated dual track that provides service to the Miami International Airport (MIA), and runs from Kendall through South Miami, Coral Cables, and Downtown to the Civic Center/Jackson Memorial Hospital area, Brownsville, Liberty City, Hialeah, and Medley in the northwest with connections to Broward and Palm Beach counties via the Tri-Rail/Metrorail transfer station. Each station is about a mile apart and provides easy access to bus riders, pedestrians, and dropped off/picked up passengers. The system operates from 5 A.M. to midnight seven days a week and the regular fare is currently (as of June 2018) $2.25 with a discount fare of $1.10 for Medicare recipients, most people with disabilities, and local students (Grades K-12) when using a Discount Fare EASY card.
Each bus has a sign placed behind the seat behind the driver that serves as a tribute to Rosa Parks; the Civil Rights icon who was arrested for not giving up her seat on Thursday December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama; which then led to one of the most important boycotts in U.S. history and the rise of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Miami-Dade is now part of U.S. transportation history as we are now part of the new high-speed Brightline private trains system now currently operating from West Palm Beach to Miami. The once 5-hour trip to Miami from West Palm Beach is expected to be reduced to around 1-hour on trains with a top speed of 120 miles-per-hour. The system will eventually extend to Orlando, Fl.; home of Walt Disney World.
Next up is site #07; Miami History Museum, coming up on the left...
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