The afternoon of May 31, 2008, a vigorous 95-year-old named Alice Mathas spent hours walking around South Beach with her son Paul. Around 7:45 the pair boarded a Miami-Dade bus headed back to their apartment in Bal Harbour. They didn't make it. As Alice started down the aisle of the crowded bus, t ... More >>
Miami may be looking to the past for its public transportation future. In the '20s and '30s, streetcars zoomed through the city of Miami, and now city commissioners have renewed a push to bring them back. According to Miami Today, the plan had gained steam back in 2006 but lost priority after the ... More >>
Miami is a late-night city. Bars are open until 5 a.m. and even later in the Entertainment District. But the public transit system, which gets its deserved criticism in the daytime, shuts down almost completely after midnight. Only the bus is an option. That leaves Miamians traveling to and from clu ... More >>
On March 15 a Miami-Dade metrobus, travelling east across the Venetian Causeway near the old Miami Herald building, suddenly got stuck. The weight from the bus had opened a hole in the structure, and engineers later discovered that a portion of the bridge had fallen loose. A month later, in the wa ... More >>
The popularity of public transit in Miami-Dade still lags behind several comparable counties, but Miami-Dade Transit saw a healthy bump in ridership in 2013, according to a new report from American Public Transportation Agency.. Last year, a total 110,926,500 trips were taken through the Miami-Dade ... More >>
Two years ago, he serenaded his entrenched opponent, Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower, by having Sexy Sax Man play "Careless Whisper" for her during a city commission meeting. He cut a campaign video enumerating his pledges while slamming shots of booze and declared himself de facto leader of a ... More >>
Living in South Beach is like getting gonorrhea: it's all fun and easy until suddenly everything comes to a painful stop. Lately, SoBe residents have woken up to find a foot of foul-smelling water inside their cars. When they bail out their rides, they still face insane traffic jams to the North an ... More >>
"The bus smells like the bologna sandwiches at DCJ," a friend recently quipped. He was sitting next to a woman who kept shouting about Jesus on a seemingly never-ending bus ride to South Beach. "This is wacky, bro." Indeed it is. But it's that very stench of stale deli meat and those lovable schiz ... More >>
If you're a non-horny commuter who uses the Dade County Route 73 bus, please drop us a line. We're starting to think the only people taking public transportation from Kendall to Miami Lakes are buff, shaved dudes who don't see any problem with trading a litany of carnal favors for a $2 bus ride. ... More >>
Last week, The Layover premiered to audible groans of pain...by me. Anthony Bourdain's new travel show had an interesting premise -- what would Tony do if stuck in a city for 24 hours? Unfortunately, the show had a frenetic overly produced feel about it. I disliked the clock counting down t ... More >>
This week, Miami New Times is publishing a guide to the eight of the worst public works projects in Miami-Dade, where bureaucrats and elected officials take pride in wasting millions in taxpayer dollars on crap residents have little-to-no use for. As we reveal each one of these boondoggles on Riptid ... More >>
Miami has a reputation as a big sprawling city with little in the way of public transportation. A proposed new trolley system may change that, somewhat, someday, supposedly. According to Open Media Miami, the City Commission voted last week to allow City Manager Johnny Martinez to start contract ... More >>
Security firm denies ripping off the county and fires back with a $20 million lawsuit.
After four years of basically taking it lying down, Wackenhut -- the firm contracted to provide security for Miami-Dade Transit -- came out swinging this afternoon at a press conference at the InterContinental, announcing a $20 million lawsuit against the county, which has basically accused the Palm ... More >>
A jury convicted 21-year-old Guillermo Zarabozo for his part in the Joe Cool murders. He'll likely spend the rest of his life in jail. [AP]A 28-year-old man fell to his death from a traffic sign catwalk onto the Palmetto Expressway, possibly while attempting to spray-paint graffiti. [Herald]Could So ... More >>
According to Travel Leisure's latest rankings of "America's Favorite Cities" tourists think Miami natives are pretty, but dumb. The magazine invited readers to fill out a web survey to rank 25 American cities by various categories. Miami took top honors for having the most attractive people, and ... More >>
Is it just me, or did anyone else in Miami-Dade connect Judge Jeri Cohen's recent reelection and her decision to approve the Marlins ballpark as a "public purpose" on Tuesday. Cohen's ruling was a model of contradictions, citing the Marlins refusal to make their finances public and the uselessness ... More >>
When it comes to concocting bad government policy, Miami-Dade government officials are head and shoulders above everybody else. Last week, county commissioners Bruno Barreiro and Barbara Jordan floated the idea of asking voters to approve an additional half-cent sales tax to bail out the county’s ... More >>
Get on board the Beauty Bus
Young for Eternity (Sire)
Confusing breastfeeding with lawyering, and getting there by bus
This Miami-Dade Transit special report is brought to you by the letters K, L, and S and by the numbers 3, 11, and 27
Mass transit trouble and coked-up greyhounds
People's Transportation Plan
Miami-Dade Metrobus Route 3
Pedal pushers and pedestrians vs. cars
Alex Penelas learned his lesson in 1999; this year's transit-tax campaign is all below the surface
It's not easy driving a jitney in Miami. If the county regulators don't get you, the freeloaders will.
Elizabeth Lanteigne has a few hundred thousand choice words for the county's public-transportation system
Are Buses for Bozos?
Why are the county's Metrobus drivers such a happy lot? Maybe because some earn more than $90,000 per year.
Metrobus is Dade's most effective public transportation. But when it comes to funding, the bus system and its patrons always get taken for a ride.
A distant voice rises in protest: one more tunnel, one last trolley, one final shot at history
Terrorists can't be tempted by Metrorail's trash cans - but what about people who just want to throw something away?
What's the nicest thing about the trouble-prone new Metromover? The voice of Wendy Ruch.