| Traffic |

Should Miami Have More Late-Night Public Transit Options?

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

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 clubs or late-night dinners with few options.

Should the city and county look into extending hours past midnight?

The Miami Herald today has an in-depth story that amounts to basically young urban professionals complaining about the public transit system, which, hey, is certainly something worth complaining about.

Another problem is a lack of late night transportation options. The trolley that runs from Midtown Miami to the Brickell Metrorail station stops running at 11 p.m. and Metrorail closes at midnight, foreclosing low-cost options for those who don't want to drink and drive...

MDT says there is not enough demand to keep Miami's Metrorail open past midnight. Other cities are going in the opposite direction, extending hours of their public transit systems. Boston's T will be open until 3 a.m on weekends this year, the Washington Metro closes at 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and the New York City subway system is open 24 hours a day.

Meanwhile, only limited bus routes are available. Otherwise, the only option for those not wanting to drive is a taxi or, in a legal gray area at the moment, Uber or Lyft.

And as anyone who has tried to find decent, affordable parking in South Beach or downtown on a Saturday night knows, parking spots and garages tend to fill up around late-night destination hubs.

Also, all of those people leaving the clubs a little buzzed and getting into their cars can spell obvious danger.

But it's not just partiers to worry about. Plenty Miamians get off work when transit system isn't in full force.

With such a late-night city, wouldn't it only make sense to experiment with more transit options during the night?

Though, as the Herald article points out, Miami's transit system can be a pain even during daytime hours, and its inconvenient for those with destinations that aren't directly along a route.

"Shawn Daly, a 28-year-old Miami native now living in New York City, said he sometimes had to walk 20 minutes in Miami after reaching the Metrorail stop closest to his destination," the paper reports.

And walking 20 minutes in Miami at 3 a.m. is not something many want to do.

Still, as Miami-Dade continues to find ways to improve transit, it only makes sense that having more options late at night should someday be a goal.

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.