CLIMB ABOARD THE NEW 75 EXPRESS BUS
Getting to and from Miami is about to get easier and faster thanks to the new 75 Express Bus. It provides direct service from the park and ride lots at the BB&T Center in Sunrise and Miami Gardens Drive (@ I-75) to the Miami Airport Station, where you can transfer to local rail or bus to destinations throughout Miami-Dade County. The new premium bus service begins on January 13th and for the first five days, all riders ride free.
The 75 Express Bus is funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and operated by Broward County Transit. It builds upon the success of the 95 Express Bus and 595 Express Bus services, which continually receive rave reviews. Riders who use those bus services rate them satisfactory or above satisfactory.
“Express buses have proven to be very successful in South Florida which says a lot about the type of service they provide because typically we are looked at as a location where people love their cars,” states South Florida Commuter Services Director Jeremy Mullings.
The Express Buses are used primarily by riders who own their own cars, but welcome the convenience, comfort and cost savings of commuting in the coach-style buses. One-way fares on the 75 Express Bus are available for as little as $1.30 and monthly passes cost less than $100. The 75 Express Bus will offer free Wi-Fi, air-conditioned comfort, comfortable seating and will travel in the express lanes for faster more reliable travel times. Service will be provided every 30 minutes during the peak morning and afternoon commute times.
Commuters can take comfort in knowing that life’s little emergencies are not an issue thanks to FDOT’s Guaranteed Ride Home program. This government-funded program will cover the cost of Lyft or taxi rides home if the Express Bus is unavailable and you need to leave work early for an emergency or have to stay late for an unscheduled overtime.
This new, premium transit service is designed to get commuters from western Broward County to their places of employment in Miami-Dade County quickly and reliably. Morning service begins as early as 5:40am with continual buses running until 9:40am. The afternoon commute begins at 3:45pm with the last bus leaving the Miami Airport Station at 7:20pm and scheduled to arrive at the BB&T Center by 8:24pm.
Broward County Transit’s Senior Planner Tara Crawford says, “The 75 Express Bus gives you a comfortable, stress-free and easy connection to the Miami International Airport via the Miami Airport Station, with connections to the Civic Center and Downtown Miami/Brickell.” Transfers via Miami Dade Transit buses and Metrorail trains make it easy to get around the Miami metro area.
The Express Bus system is a core component of the express lanes along I-75, I-595 and I-95. The express lanes are multi-modal facilities designed to reduce traffic congestion and promote choices in how and when residents commute. Instead of paying a toll, or relatively higher tolls (typically during high-traffic times), 75 Express Bus riders can now enjoy the time-saving benefits of the express lanes at no additional cost.
The 75 Express Bus will be free for all riders during its first week of service, from January 13th to January 17th. Simply show up at the BB&T Center or Miami Gardens park and ride lot and hop on the Express Bus free of charge. For additional opportunities to ride for free after the trial period has ended go to www.TryTransitFree.com.
To learn more about the new 75 Express Bus service or to get detailed schedule and route information go to www.broward.org/BCT/Schedules.