Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Metrorail?

It's ok. Most Miamians ask this question too. The Miami Metrorail is a 27.4 mile commuter transit train that begins at Dadeland South station in Kendall, near Dadeland Mall, and continues north through Coral Gables, Downtown, and on to the Palmetto Expressway.

How many stations does the Metrorail have?

The Metrorail has 22 fully-accessible stations. For a complete list visit Miami-Dade Tranist's list of stations

How much does the Metrorail cost?

The Metrorail costs $2 per ride, although discounted fares of $1 are available for Medicare recipients, people with disabilities, and Miami-Dade students in grades 1-12. You can also purchase a monthly pass for $100

I've heard the Metrorail doesn't go anywhere. Is that true?

No. It is not true at all. The Metrorail goes to Downtown Miami, Brickell (Miami's financial district), the University of Miami, Sunset Place Mall, Dadeland Mall, Dadeland Station, Jackson Hospital and several other places throughout Miami Dade County.

Does the Metrorail go to the Airport?

Not yet. But plans are in the works for an Orange Line extension to Miami International Airport, the only part of the proposed 2002 Metrorail expansion to receive federal funding. So plans are in the works and it should go there eventually.

Does the Metrorail go to South Beach?

No. To get to South Beach you have to transfer to the S bus at Government Center, or transfer to the Metromover and take it to Omni Station, transferring to the S, C, K or M bus.

Why doesn't the Metrorail go to South Beach?

According to former Miami Beach Mayor Alex Daoud, who was mayor during the Metrorail's construction in the 1980s, the County Commissioners at the time were focused on getting the Metrorail to go through their districts, and because the beach did not have a large enough voting constituency, the Commission could not justify the large expense og buildgin tracks accross Bicayne Bay.

Can I take my bike on the Metrorail?

Yes.

Does the Metrorail use farecards like the systems in Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Washington, DC?

No. The Metrorail operates on a change-only basis at its turnstiles. Each station does provide change machines, however, which will provide you with quarters and one dollar coins.

Can I park at Metrorail stations? How much does it cost?

Yes. Stations at Dadeland South, University, Douglas Road, Coconut Grove, Vizcaya, Allapattah, Brownsville, Northside, Hialeah, Okeechobee and Palmetto offer surface lot parking.

Stations at Dadeland South, Dadeland North , South Miami, Dr.Martin Luther King Jr., Earlington Heights, Okeechobee and Santa Clara offer garage parking. Parking costs $4 per day, or you may buy a monthly pass for $10 though Miami-Dade Tranist..

What kind of security does the Metrorail offer?

The Metrorail is patrolled by Wackenhut security guards during all hours of operation.

When does the Metrorial run?

Weekdays, the Metrorail runs from 5:00 a.m. until its last trip beginning at midnight. The train will run 15 minutes apart from 5 to 7 a.m., 7 minutes apart from 7-10 a.m., 15 minutes apart from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 7 minutes apart from 4-7 p.m., and 15 minutes apart for the duration of the day.

On weekends, the Metrorail runs about every half hour from 5:30 a.m. until midnight.

For a specific schedule, see Miami Dade Transit's full schedule.

Where can I find Metrorail maps?

Maps are available at most Metrorail stations, as well as here.

Does the Metrorail have bathrooms?

No. Bathrooms are available at Government Center station.

Where can I transfer to the Metromover?

You can transfer to the Metromover at Brickell and Government Center stations.

Where can I transfer to the South Dade Busway?

You can connect from any bus along the South Dade Busway at Dadeland South, and vice versa.

 

Home and Background

When you think about Miami, the things that probably come to mind are things like palm trees and beaches and nightclubs that rage all night. but did you know that Miami-Dade County also has an elevated train system? You didn't? Well, that's ok, neither do most people who live here.

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Riders' Guide

Links to tips from all the different areas of town one may be where the Metrorail is useful.

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