Metromover Miami: advice on stops and routes to explore the city

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Here we are in South Florida. The silhouette of a monorail passes in front of us but we are not at Disney World. We are located in Miami on the Metromover, an ingenious work at the service of citizens and tourists, a system of elevated trains that circulate on monorail in the form of single or coupled wagons, electronically managed and without driver, which connect and allow you to quickly reach certain points in the city center.


If on the one hand the Metromover proves to be a real boon to move from one point to another in Downtown (and not only as we will see), on the other hand we can also consider it a sort of tourist attraction for the pleasant views it offers: a quick and evocative glimpse of buildings and skyscrapers that draw the Miami skyline. So let's find out how it works and when it can be useful to use it.


Index

  • What is the Metromover?
  • Info on timetables and routes
  • Main stations
  • Other means of transport

What is the Metromover?

The construction of this work began in April 1986 limited to the city center and then expanded to two other districts in May 1994. These are vehicles that make relatively circular routes, defined loops, for a total length of 7 kilometers . The average speed is 14 km per hour and the maximum speed is 50.

The exteriors of the trains show colors in line with the Florida sunshine: red, yellow, white, green and sea blue. The interior is clean, there are handles and bars to maintain balance and (few) seats at the end of the carriages dedicated to the elderly and the disabled (priority seating). The stations are modern, essential structures, with canopies, open on the sides, benches and a digital display in support of the vocal announcement that indicates the origin and destination of each car.



We recommend having a jacket handy as the air conditioning inside the wagons is considerable. Along the way, the views change and we pass from splendid glimpses of skyscrapers, trees and palm trees to others a little less interesting as is typical of a metropolis. Our gaze crosses another Metromover that comes in the opposite direction. This elevated transport gives an idea of ​​futuristic architecture and we like it.

Info on timetables and routes

The service, which once cost 25 cents, is now free and is used daily by more than 33.000 people who move without traffic problems in the following neighborhoods: downtown Miami (business center, but also government buildings and residential areas), Brickell (area with luxury residences and financial institutions), Park West (with hotels and residences) e Omni (area with night clubs).

The system connects twenty-one stations which are about 2 blocks away from each other, more or less two streets, and trains pass with one frequency of 1,5 minutes during peak hours and 3 minutes at other times of the day. This service, operated by Miami-Dade Transit (MDT), is heavily exploited; it is operational from Monday to Thursday from 5 to 23, on Friday from 5 to 24, on Saturday from 6 to 24 and on Sunday 6 to 23. You can still check the official website in case of any time changes.

In addition to connecting offices, public and residential buildings, it also connects commercial areas and attractions; it is not just a utility service for workers but it is ainteresting solution for tourists, to manage the daily non-working activities of the residents, to take a panoramic city tour from a privileged point of view and it is also a good solution for those who want to avoid traffic, the subtropical heat of Miami, the rain and for those who do not have a 'rental car or does not take a taxi.



It is important to know that, in the event of an interruption of the service, the rides are replaced, always free of charge, by a shuttle bus service. If anyone forgets personal belongings on the Metromover there is an office of Lost & Found which responds to 786-469-5564 and is based at Overtown Transit Village, 701 NW 1st Court, Suite 140 in Miami. Near the stops there are parking areas (independent from the Metromover, therefore for a fee) and parking meters along the carriageways.

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Main stations

You are wondering where to take the metromover? We report some stations from south to north that lead to points of interest:

  • Brickell: Tenth Street Promanade Metromover Station: ideal to reach for the Mary Brickell Village (901 S.Miami Ave.), an area with shops and refreshment points
  • Brickell: Fifth Street Metromover Station: ideal to reach for the Circle Park (465 Brickell Ave.), an archaeological site dating back to prehistoric times.
  • Downtown: Bayfront Park Station: ideal for reaching the Bayfront park (301 Biscayne Blvd.) on Biscayne Bay, where there is an amphitheater, an open-air pavilion, where festivals take place and where the walk called Riverwalk Trail begins, which in November hosts the Miami Riverwalk Festival, a very popular event with free cultural entertainment.
  • Downtown: College Bayside Metromover Station: ideal for reaching the Bayside marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd.), a popular open-air mall overlooking Biscayne Bay.
  • Downtown: Freedom Tower Metromover Station: ideal for reaching theAmerican Airlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd.) where several events take place including the NBA's Miami Heat games, and the Freedom Tower (600 Biscayne Blvd.) which houses the contemporary art museum.
  • Omni: Adrienne Arsht Center Metromover Station: the right stop for the great Miami theater.

Other means of transport

But besides the Metromover there are two other important transport systems.



  • Il Metrorail it is a rapid, elevated railway system with driver that develops on double tracks for about 40 kilometers in a route that covers 23 stations and uses 136 wagons.
  • Then there is the subwaybus, a wide-ranging service in Miami-Dade County (to the Middle Keys Islands) that operates 95 routes with over 800 buses.

The set of these transport systems is synonymous with great efficiency. And to provide a continuous service these three realities come together: the Metromover connects to the Metrorail near the Government Center and Brickell Station, and connects to the Metrobus in various locations in the center.

Remember that the Metromover does not connect the main tourist area of ​​Miami, South Beach, which can still be reached by other means, as we explained in our article on how to get around Miami.

Are you headed to Miami?

I recommend that you also read these articles:

  • Where to sleep in Miami: neighborhoods and areas to find accommodation
  • What to see in Miami? Places of interest and attractions to visit
  • When to go to Miami? Climate and temperatures according to the seasons
  • How to rent a car in Miami and for a Florida tour?
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