MIAMI - With a full schedule of special events around town, South Floridians should prepare for a weekend of severe traffic congestion.
For the second weekend in a row, electronic music fans will rush back to Bayfront Park for the 2013 Ultra Music Festival. Biscayne Boulevard will be reduced to two lanes starting at 10 in the morning.
Alicia Keys is performing at the American Airlines Arena Saturday night.
Adding to the congestion, the Miami Heat are shooting for their 26th straight win against the Bobcats Sunday night at the American Airlines Arena. More fans than usual are expected to witness the Heat's long winning streak.
On Key Biscayne, the Sony Open continues.
Miami Police say your best option this weekend is public transportation.
Metrorail and Metromover service hours will be extended to accommodate the large crowds expected to attend the Ultra Music Festival 2013 in downtown Miami this weekend, Miami-Dade Transit announced.
Metrorail and Metromover service will be extended to run until 1:00 a.m. from Friday, March 22 to Sunday, March 24.
Extra Metromover cars will be placed on Metromover's Omni Loop to provide more frequent service for those attending the upcoming Miami Heat games and Alicia Keys concert.
The frequency of trains on Saturday and Sunday is as follows:
- Green Line and Orange Line trains each provide service approximately every 30 minutes.
- Transit riders can expect a train approximately every 15 minutes at stations between Dadeland South and Earlington Heights stations since both Orange Line and Green Line trains serve all stations between Dadeland South and Earlington Heights stations.
- Trains will depart approximately every 30 minutes from the Miami International Airport Station.
- For detailed schedule information, transit riders can visit: www.miamidade.gov/transit, or on mobile devices, they can visit www.miamidade.gov/transit/mobile.
Transit supervisors and staff will be at various Metrorail and Metromover stations to assist passengers as needed.
To avoid long lines at the ticket vending machines, Miami-Dade Transit highly encourages Ultra Music Festival and other event goers to load their EASY Card or EASY Ticket early. Event goers are encouraged to purchase a round trip on Metrorail ($4), or a 1-Day Pass ($5 per day and good until 2:00 a.m. the following day) if also using bus service. Parking fees ($4 daily) will apply at Metrorail stations where parking facilities are available. Everyone rides free on Metromover.
For a list of places where to purchase and load EASY Cards and EASY Tickets, event goers can visit: www.miamidade.gov/transit. At this site, event goers also will find other transit information.
The public also can call 305-891-3131, Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Saturdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. TTY users can call 305-499-8971.
To be notified of any transit service disruption, event goers can register to receive Rider Alerts by visiting: http://miamidade.gov/wps/portal/Main/transitrideralerts.
In the event of a service disruption or delay, transit users will receive a message with details on the device of their choice.
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