On October 1st, the City of Miami launched its newest trolley route along Coral Way from PortMiami, through the Central Business District and the Roads area to Coral Way, then west to Ponce de Leon Boulevard. Thank goodness! We’ve needed public transit to PortMiami; and this new route will also connect City of Miami to Coral Gables (which also has its own trolley system). The City of Miami FREE trolley service will run this route every 15-20 minutes, Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Major destinations along the new Coral Way route include:
- American Airlines Arena
- Freedom Tower
- Government Center & GC MetroRail Station
- Flagler Street
- Brickell Station MetroRail and MetroMover
- Brickell Village Simpson Park
- Vizcaya MetroRail Station
- Shenandoah Park
- Miracle Mile in Coral Gables
- Bayfront Park
- Bayside Marketplace
The City of Miami Trolley System has 7 routes including the new Coral Way route. The other routes are: Allapattah, Biscayne (to Midtown), Brickell, Health District, Overtown and the Marlins Stadium.
Now we need a trolley route connecting Coconut Grove. The Brickell route runs almost to Mercy Hospital, and we do have the Coconut Grove Circulator (Route 249) bus picking up from the Coconut Grove and Douglas Road MetroRail stations, but adding a Coconut Grove trolley route is the last missing link in the FREE trolley system.
Tom Falco said in his February 6 entry of the Coconut Grove Grapevine that the City of Miami told him
it’s in the works. I was told that the city only has set number of trolleys and they are being used in the other neighborhoods now. As traffic is assessed and they see which lines are being used and which aren’t, the trolley routes will be moved around to other neighborhoods.
On the other hand, City of Miami’s press release said (of the Coral Way route) “This route completes the system envisioned in the initial 2009 Trolley System Development Plan.”
I hope Tom’s information is more accurate. As one of his commenters said:
Grove merchants want it, CocoWalk wants it, the GMCVB wants it, locals want it…traveling that extra 2 miles to center Grove will make a huge difference – to visitors and residents alike… Grove people need to speak up and tell the city and MPA ‘We Want the Trolley!!!’
I agree MPQ! If we had a Coconut Grove trolley, I’d probably be there every weekend from the Central Business District. In the meantime, though, I am glad we have the new Coral Way Route connecting us to both PortMiami and the Coral Gables.