Follow the 24 Hour Bus Marathon

What

An intensive 2-year community-driven project to build a better bus system, starting with a complete redesign of the route network.

Why

Our fleet of 750+ buses serves two out of every three transit trips in Miami. It is the most flexible system we have with the biggest room for immediate improvement.

Learn more from our Where's My Bus? campaign.

How

Transit Alliance is leading the project in partnership with the Office of Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and the Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works.

Goals

The biggest outcome of the project will be a new bus network that's more useful for more people – concentrating frequent service, building better connections, and creating a stronger network.

The project will also be an opportunity to drive new goals around dedicated infrastructure, reliability, user experience, and trolley integration.

Process

Transit Alliance will lead the project from beginning to end – assembling the team, hiring the experts, working with all levels of government, managing the project, and engaging the community throughout the process.

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Is my donation tax-deductible?

Transit Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – your gift may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes.

What is a bus network redesign?

A collaborative effort to decide where today’s bus service should go, starting from a clean slate. Our system is littered with rollercoaster routes, gaps in service, poor connections and corridors that warrant strengthening. The goal of a redesign is to address all of these issues in one go, creating a more effective bus system for more people. You can learn more through our Where's My Bus? campaign.

Will buses run more frequently?

It is our goal to rebalance the network away from a model that currently seeks to cover as much area as possible to a model that concentrates routes into some high-frequency services, creating an effective network that is more useful for more people.

What about the trolleys?

Integrating the trolleys is a top priority – they must complement rather than compete with the bus system. Due to the individual agreements with municipalities there are some challenges, but this process is the only major opportunity to integrate the trolleys into one system.

Is this a data-driven process?

Every campaign we do starts with the right data. The new network will be guided by both comprehensive data analysis and community input.

What aspects of the system will be up for improvement?

The complete network redesign is the core of the project, but in addition here are some key aspects of our current service that will be included during the course of the project, in order to holistically improve bus service: Operational reliability, dedicated lanes, systematic route naming/coding (ease of use), fare restructuring, distance between stops, transit priority signalization, and improvements to real-time tracking.

Will there be an increase to the transit budget?

No, this project is cost-neutral from an operational standpoint – it aims to make far more effective use of our existing resources. However, new buses continue to be put into service, which is expected to improve reliability and provide better overall service.

What about dedicated lanes?

We will work to include dedicated lanes in the project, but given Miami's poor history of executing them, we can't guarantee them. We understand how important they are to creating effective service and have had several conversations with the Transit Department on how we can include them in the project – as this is the best shot we have at implementing dedicated infrastructure along major corridors, given the scale of transformation the bus system will face.

How long will this take?

In less than 2 years we will have a completely new bus network. The purpose of this project is not to study solutions, but to enact them.

Has this worked in other cities?

Yes! Cities across the country from Houston to Jacksonville have undergone a similar process and are seeing results.

What will the money be used for?

The money will be used in three main areas: expertise, community engagement and project management.

Expertise entails hiring a team who have completed similar projects across the country to support Transit Alliance and the Transit Department with data analysis, network planning and service evaluations. This is best practice from other cities and similar projects if we want the best result possible.

Community Engagement entails engaging residents, riders, stakeholders, electeds, departments and other entities during the process to collaboratively plan the new network. This involves setting up several communication channels both online and offline – from meeting riders on the ground across the County (portable workshops), to an interactive website, to formal public meetings to iterate on draft network designs.

Project Management entails coordinating the many moving parts of the project, from the timeline, to the budget, to the day to day execution of every aspect of the project.

Would you work with the Transit Department?

The Transit Department is involved in every step of the process and is fully supportive of this initiative. We have already had several meetings with their staff to establish a project scope and working process.

Has this been done before in Miami?

No, in fact, this would be the first advocacy-led bus system redesign in the country.

What happens if you don't meet your goal?

Given this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity facilitated by a contribution from the Mayor's Office, the project will not proceed if the fundraising goal is not met. You will be contacted with an option to have your donation refunded, or applied towards other projects. You can get a preview of our advocacy agenda for next year by reading the Mobility Scorecard.

What is the total project budget?

The total project budget is $630,000, the fundraising target represents the amount we need to start the project. The remaining funds will be fundraised over the course of the project.

What is the legislative process for the project?

By the end of this year, the Board of County Commissioners will vote on a Resolution of Support which details the project goals and outcomes. Every Commissioner will be engaged throughout the process, and the final network plan will be put to a simple majority vote in order to be implemented.

Will there by an advisory entity?

A dedicated advisory taskforce will be created to support and advise the project.

What is your strategy to engage residents and riders?

The entire purpose of this project is to put the fate of the bus system back in the community's hands, and engaging residents and riders is a significant part of the project's scope and budget. Transit Alliance will engage offline and online, from a series of recurring portable workshops at bus terminals, to a riders' advisory group, to formal public workshops across the County.

How did this project come about?

Transit Alliance created a comprehensive campaign that analyzed the bus system called Where's My Bus? – and one of the recommendations was to redesign the bus network. We presented the project to the Board of County Commissioners and subsequently asked Mayor Gimenez to commit seed funding to the effort, on the condition we would fundraise for the remainder project budget.

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24-Hour Bus Marathon

When:
December 14th, 2018

What:
Our team is going to ride the bus system for 24 hours straight, live!

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Fundraising Goal

340,680 Raised 159,320 Remaining

Major Contributions
$250,000
Office of the Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez

Deadline
December 31st, 2018