MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – If you ride Miami-Dade County’s buses, Metromover or Metrorail, starting Sunday, you’ll find more room available.
Distancing requirements and limited capacity on public transportation is being eased, according to the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works.
Capacity was limited on vehicles at the onset of COVID-19 to help with social distancing protocols and slow the spread of the virus.
However, face masks remain a requirement while riding and waiting for buses. Signage encouraging social distancing at transit stations and on some vehicles will remain in place, but specific enter/exit directional signage on Metrorail and Metromover will be removed.
Metrobus will increase capacity limits to 36 passengers per regular 40-foot buses, and 57 passengers per larger 60-foot buses. Some seats will continue to be blocked off for riders’ safety, according to officials.
On Metrorail, 50 passengers will be allowed per train car, and Metromover trains will allow for 35 passengers per vehicle.
“Easing capacity limits on our buses and trains is an important step forward to improve service to our riders, as we work to safely move our economy forward,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.
The department will continue its increased cleaning and disinfecting schedule, according to DTPW.
Transit fares and parking fees, which were waived during COVID-19, will return on Tuesday, June 1. Fares were suspended early in the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, on March 22, 2020, so that riders could limit contact with fareboxes and avoid interactions with drivers.