Coronavirus & Mobility

The coronavirus pandemic presents our community with enormous challenges. Mobility is essential to our crisis response, from the essential workers delivering your food to the hospital staff saving lives – it serves as a lifeline now more than ever. More people are turning to bikes and scooters, and our streets have become a key asset for public health and an economic recovery.

This campaign centers our advocacy around forward-thinking, responsive and crucial mobility policies in transit, testing and streets to move Miami forward.

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Transit

Adapt our transit network towards frequent and useful service

Our transit network faces the enormous challenge of keeping operators and riders safe while providing reliable service. 

It's crucial to adapt the network to face these new challenges head-on: prioritizing frequent service so riders aren't left behind, and maximizing everyone's overall access to jobs and services. 

Transit Alliance has partnered with Miami-Dade Transit to use the Better Bus Project as the basis for a transit resiliency plan.

Create emergency dedicated bus lanes on key corridors

With necessary social distancing limiting bus capacity and less traffic on our streets – creating emergency bus lanes is a fast and effective way to strengthen transit service. 

Faster bus service not only gets people where they are going sooner (reducing their exposure) it also helps increase capacity on transit corridors by speeding up service. 

Transit Alliance is analyzing current ridership and speed data to identify corridors for emergency bus lanes.

Keep operators and riders safe with enhanced safety measures

Miami-Dade Transit has already taken steps to protect operators and riders, but more needs to be done. 

Operators should have guaranteed access to N-95 masks and be provided hazard pay. 

Riders should have access to free masks at major transit hubs, with continued access to hand sanitizer on board. Vehicle windows should be open to ensure fresh air ventilation when possible. 

Transit Alliance will continue to advocate for enhanced safety measures on public transit. 

The Better Bus Project resiliency plan and revised final network will be released in mid-September
Miami-Dade Transit increased frequency along key high ridership routes
Miami-Dade Transit implemented free transit fares and universal mask requirements
Miami-Dade Transit implemented all-door boarding on buses

Testing

More Accessible Testing Sites

Miami-Dade is becoming the epicenter of COVID-19 in Florida. Widespread testing  is the most effective way of preventing the virus from spreading.

The number of positive cases has been surging in communities that lack access to a car, while drive through testing is still the most common way for people to get tested in the County.

Transit Alliance is advocating to expand the number of walk-up testing sites in current coronavirus hotspots, prioritizing vulnerable and minority communities. 

More walk-up testing sites have opened in Liberty City, West Perrine, Opa-Locka, Homestead
A second major walk-up testing site opened in Miami Beach
The County's first walk-up test site opened in North Miami

Two Wheels – Two Feet

Build the core bike lane network

Miami has seen a boom in cycling, with many people using bikes as an alternative to public transit or their own vehicle. 

Miami-Dade has yet to build a single bike lane in response to the new normal. 

Transit Alliance is advocating for the completion of the core bike network in the City of Miami and Miami Beach. 

Repurpose street space

The health of our community goes hand in hand with dedicating more space for people and businesses to safely operate. 

Streets are a critical public asset for public health and economic prosperity. 

Transit Alliance is now advocating for the repurposing of Calle Ocho in Little Havana.

Lift the ban on micromobility

Miami is the only place in the country where shared bikes and scooters are still banned.

Our wide-scale challenges necessitate providing as much mobility as possible. 

Transit Alliance is advocating to unban micromobility and restore shared bikes and scooter services. 

Miami is finalizing the Downtown Bike Network project agreement in September
Miami Beach is discussing the results of our Bike Network Audit in September
Miami and Miami Beach have begun repurposing parking spaces citywide
Washington Avenue has been repurposed for pedestrians, cyclists and outdoor dining
Ocean Drive became Miami-Dade's first street for social distancing
County passed legislation to expedite street closures and parking repurposing