The Miami Heat championship parade in downtown Miami last week broke records for ridership on Metrorail and netted nearly $73,000 in revenues for the transit system, the county said on Tuesday.
The number of people who left their cars behind and paid a Metrorail fare to get to the celebration surged over 75 percent above the average weekday ridership recorded — bringing the celebration day’s total to over 117,000 riders.
With a $2 Metrorail fare each-way for adults, the county made a nice profit for the half-day celebration, which spanned from around 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The county released the revenue figure on Tuesday, a day after calling Metrorail ridership for the parade record-breaking.
“I’m thrilled that so many of our residents chose public transit to get to downtown and celebrate the Miami Heat’s latest NBA Championship,” said Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez in a news release on Monday.
Miami-Dade Transit mobilized all its resources to help make the celebration a slam-dunk for Miami-Dade residents and visitors, the department said.
“We at Miami-Dade Transit are delighted to have successfully moved what felt like most of South Florida that day,’’ added Miami-Dade Transit Director Ysela Llort.
Scores of transit employees were deployed to Metrorail stations to assist patrons by collecting fares, providing service information and ensuring everyone had a safe ride to and from the event. To expedite the entrance to Metrorail, several ‘cash-only’ lines were opened at most Metrorail stations.
In addition, Metrorail used six-car trains to increase passenger-load capacity, and provided rush-hour service at Metrorail stations between the Dadeland South and Earlington Heights stations.