Ambitious ideas are brewing on how to improve transit in South Florida, from an expanded Tri-Rail system to a Baylink light rail between South Beach and downtown Miami. But for now, those are all pie-in-the-sky ideas.
So it's with mixed emotions that Miami greets the news that Apple has now added our metropolis to the list of cities with a searchable transit feature on its maps function.
On the one hand, the new feature is potentially invaluable for tourists or residents who find themselves stranded in an unfamiliar part of town. Just pop two Miami locations into the search, and Apple Maps will plot out a route using Miami-Dade buses, Metrorail, and Metromover.
(Google Maps, it's worth noting, already offers a similar transit plotting feature — it's not clear when its Miami search option went into effect.)
Apple added the feature to its iOS 9 system last summer with transit searches in 20 global cities. The new expansion reportedly adds the feature to Miami, Atlanta, and the UK's rail lines.
That's all great, except that using the function in Miami is all too often a depressing reminder of how difficult Dade County is to navigate using only the transit
Someday that Apple map might plot out a route to South Beach as simple as "Hop on Baylink," but until then, it might be best to save this new search option for emergencies only.