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Will the Brickell Trolley Finally take off?

Posted On: May 27, 2009

In a move that is will almost certainly give currency to the idea that Brickell and Downtown Miami are getting serious about urban living, the Mayor and City Commission will very likely give the thumbs up to a local Brickell trolley service that could be up and running by fall. Payment will come in part from federal stimulus money earmarked for transportation. The tentative route takes the service from the Rickenbacker Causeway  where Brickell Avenue begins to the Omni Transport Station on Biscayne Boulevard by the Adrienne Arsht Center. Current service which is almost non existent would now become almost a door to door service.

One can only hope that the powers that be give this the green light as it can only bolster an already growing community both in terms of urban transport but also in terms of real estate value and retail/commercial viability.

In a perfect world you could leave your car home, ride the trolley to a performance at the PAC, on the ride back home you could stop at any number of places to grab a bite to eat and just hop back on the trolley to go home.

I can imagine persons reading this in New York , Chicago, San Fran etc.... must be wondering what the deal is? It's real simple. Miami is a fantastic place to live but only recently has begun to seriously address transportation within and between municipalities.  Aventura and Coral Gables have had variations of this in place for some time and even Brickell Key has its own shuttle. Finally the pieces are coming together!

UPDATE DEC 20 2018

Well. The answer is a resounding YES! The Trolley as transportation has basically become a viral phenomenon in every municipality within South Florida. You can basically take a trolley from Downtown Miami to most parts of the rest of Miami with only a few stops in between. The service has a great connector program into the metro rail and metro mover systems and all major venues in Downtown Miami.

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