Seen the problems?
Meet the solutions.
Our system needs wide-ranging reform. These solutions aim to transform our system to one that's built on data-driven decision-making, prioritizes reliability and ease of use, and offers a competitive advantage versus driving to attract riders.
Redesign the bus system
Create a more effective and usable system that's geared towards building ridership.
A systemwide process to reevaluate where (and how often) bus service should go, starting from a clean slate.
Our system is rife with circuitous and inefficient routes, poorly designed connections, unmet demand, and corridors that warrant increased frequency.
Collaborate with Transit Alliance to hire an independent consultant to lead a data and community driven complete system redesign, the results of which must be adopted and implemented by set deadlines.
Add dedicated infrastructure
Make buses faster with on-street bus lanes and bus rapid transit corridors.
Our buses can't compete when stuck in the same traffic commuters sought to avoid.
Highways: Create on-street bus lanes, starting with the MacArthur Causeway, which has the highest ridership of any corridor.
Main Roads: Build bus rapid transit, starting with Flagler St. and Biscayne Blvd., which have the highest riderships after the MacArthur.
Similar cities around the world have seen major successes with BRT. Stateside, Cleveland saw route ridership increase by 48% after introducing a dedicated lane.
Untangle the trolleys
Reevaluate neighborhood/municipality mobility to go beyond the "one size fits all" trolley.
The adoption of trolleys have fragmented the overall transit system. Trolleys aren't always the most effective tool for short trips and last mile mobility.
Trolleys must be evaluated within the bus system redesign. They must complement - not compete with - county bus service.
Those that remain must be fully and smartly integrated, with planned connections, standardized hours and frequencies, and vehicles trackable in real-time on Google Maps and other transit apps.
Trolleys aren't always the answer - municipalities need to invest in protected cycling infrastructure, embrace dockless bike-sharing, and increase walkability to complement all transit services and facilitate short neighborhood trips that don't require any vehicle, transit or otherwise.
Make reliability mission-critical with defined data-driven goals to improve rider experience.
Without creating holistically dependable service, every step taken to improve the system is for naught.
As the fleet is replaced, make it a top priority to reduce late/ghost buses (currently 500/700 per month), and greatly increase the number of bus stops that have shelter (currently only 25%).
Measure and publish performance metrics to inform continuous data-driven service improvements.
Last but not least, fix the real-time bus tracker.