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South Florida’s coronavirus shutdown has impacted mass transit. Here are some changes you need to know:
How is COVID-19 affecting transportation in South Florida?
▪ Brightline/Virgin Train
On Wednesday, Virgin Trains USA, the parent company of the Brightline express train, suspended all train services in South Florida and laid off 250 South Florida workers amid the coronavirus concerns. For both refundable and non-refundable fares, riders will be credited for the fare to use on a future booking. Special event tickets will receive a full refund within five business days.
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As of Tuesday, riders in the U.S. and Canada will receive an in-app message once the app is opened reminding them to “flatten the curve” or “travel only when necessary.”
Uber Pool, which makes fares cheaper by allowing drivers to have up to four riders traveling a similar route in the vehicle at the same time, is temporarily suspended. All other ride options remain unchanged.
Lyft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
If you take trolleys, make sure you check with your city to see if there are any service changes to your route because of COVID-19.
The Miami Beach Trolley system, for example, has suspended its 11th Street Loop until further notice.
Miami Beach will also suspend all trolley services starting at 7 p.m. Thursday until further notice.
Miami-Dade County Transit has reduced service frequency and has suspended all transit fees for Metrorail and Metrobuses, including auto reload for monthly pass holders and parking fees, at Metrorail stations until further notice because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s what to know:
Both the Orange line and Green line will continue to run on weekdays, from 5 a.m. to midnight, with a reduced schedule. Metrorail weekend services remain unchanged.
Passengers heading to the Miami International Airport station will need to transfer at Earlington Heights station to catch the Orange Line train.
During morning and afternoon peak hours, Metrorail Green Line trains traveling between Dadeland South and Palmetto stations will run every 15 minutes.
Continues to operate from 5 a.m. to midnight with a reduced schedule on weekdays. Metromover weekend services will remain unchanged.
Miami-Dade Transit says Metromover is running at a reduced frequency of seven minutes during peak hours.
While not related to COVID-19, Metromover riders should remember that service will start late at 2 p.m. March 29 because of nearby Brightline construction. Free shuttle service will be provided during the service interruption. To learn more, visit www.miamidade.gov/transit/library/mover_shuttle.pdf
Most bus routes also have a reduced schedule. To check your service route, visit www.miamidade.gov/transportation-publicworks/service_updates.asp
Riders are asked to enter and exit through the rear doors to limit “non-essential interactions,” according to Miami-Dade Transit. Riders who need the ramp will still be accommodated.
The Keys are closed to visitors and tourists but Route 302 Card Sound Express and Route 301 Dade-Monroe Express will still service Keys residents and workers, according to Miami-Dade Transit.
▪ Rentable Scooters, bicycles, moped
Scooter rentals are temporarily suspended, including bikes, and municipal bike-sharing programs like Citibike.
Marinas and boat launches, as well as docking, fueling, marine supply and other marina services are closed at all Miami-Dade County owned or operated marinas. Exceptions include:
▪ Boats or ferries in support of PortMiami or Fisher Island operations
▪ People who live aboard a boat
▪ Fishermen with a commercial saltwater license issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, for commercial fishing purposes only
▪ Patrols, law enforcement and rescue activity by federal, state and local government agencies
▪ People returning to the United States from international voyages
▪ Those who need to remove their boat from the water or to perform emergency maintenance on a vessel, marinas, fueling stations, and marine supply services.
City of Miami
The city of Miami’s 13 free trolley routes are still running, but hours have been reduced. All routes will now run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. during their scheduled days.
▪ Scooter, bicycles, moped
Suspended until further notice, including the city’s Motorized Scooter Pilot Program and Citibike Shared Bicycle Program
All public boat ramps and marinas are closed until further notice, including the Miamarina at Bayside, Dinner Key Marina (including the Mooring Field) and Marine Stadium Marina.
The city says marinas that are partially operating because of liveaboard customers will be open for patrons only between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.