Miami Gardens hopes to eventually get residents moving through the city with their own circulator transit program.
As the third-largest municipality in the county, with a mainly residential population, the system would help get people around and connect to buses in both Miami-Dade and Broward county.
A report from the Corradino Group identified multiple trip generator areas that would potentially draw large crowds of riders, including Sun Life Stadium, St. Thomas and Florida Memorial universities, the Calder Casino, and the city’s two Walmart supercenters.
The plan is still in the preliminary stages, but the report said the system hopes to make travel across the city much easier.
“A rider trying to cross the city would have to board more than one regional bus to get to their destination, resulting in frustration and time wasted,” the report stated
One of the routes the report proposes would span about 13 miles and provide access to the Golden Glades, the stadium, city hall and the North Dade Regional Library along with other businesses, schools and parks.
The pilot program capital costs would be about $962,000 for two vehicles plus signs and shelters. Operating cost estimates would total about $394,000 based on the group’s recommendations.
Money for the program would come from the city’s share of Miami-Dade’s half-penny sales tax for transportation.
Miami Gardens, along with Doral and Cutler Bay, were initially left out of the tax money because they were incorporated after its approval by voters in 2002. The county eventually granted them their share of the tax money in June 2012.
Miami Gardens, which incorporated in 2003, received its share of the surtax and two years of retroactive payments totaling more than $8 million.
Mayor Oliver Gilbert chose to delay the formal presentation of Corradino Group’s report, at the Nov. 13 council meeting until the Dec. 11 meeting so he could further analyze the report.