Daily traffic in Miami Beach is always a struggle, so organizers of next week’s centennial concert have devised a plan to shuttle residents from throughout the Beach and downtown Miami to the show that is expected to attract thousands.
From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, three free shuttle routes will run through South Beach, Mid-Beach, and North Beach and drop off passengers at the northwest corner of Fifth Street and Ocean Drive. Shuttles will run every 10 to 15 minutes. Return shuttles will run from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Water taxis will also be available for a fee to and from Bayside Marketplace in Miami and the Miami Beach Marina for $15 each way. Pre-sales are available at http://www.watertaximiami.com/100.
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The concert headlined by Andrea Bocelli, Barry Gibb, Gloria Estefan, and Flo Rida starts at 5 p.m. Thursday. Ocean Drive from Fifth to 15th streets will be closed to vehicles from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Friday.
Titled Hard Rock Rising Miami Beach Global Music Festival 2015, the concert marks the 100th anniversary of the city’s incorporation. It is preceded by a week of events commemorating the centennial.
A stage has been erected on the sands of South Beach as preparations for the concert are underway.
If you go
With thousands expected to attend Miami Beach’s centennial concert, officials will run shuttles from across the city and a water taxi from Bayside Marketplace.
Hours of Operation for free bus shuttles
▪ SHUTTLES TO EVENT AREA (Fifth Street & Ocean Drive, NW Corner)
10 a.m. – 10 p.m. with a 10-15 minute frequency
▪ RETURN SHUTTLES (Pick-up at Fifth Street & Ocean Drive, NW Corner)
10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
▪ Route 1:
42nd Street parking garage (42nd Street and Royal Palm Avenue, SW corner)
City Hall parking garage (17th Street and Meridian Avenue, NE corner)
17th Street parking garage (17th Street and Convention Center Drive, across from City Hall)
▪ Route 2:
Any Miami-Dade bus stop along route (Flag-Down Service)
▪ Route 3:
Miami Beach Marina (also has water-taxi connection) (Second Street and Alton Road, SW corner)
Fifth & Alton parking garage (Fifth Street and Lenox Avenue, NE corner)
▪ To/from Bayside Marketplace and Miami Beach Marina
11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.
▪ Fee: $15 each way. Special online, pre-sell promotion: $10 each way or $20 round-trip at www.watertaximiami.com
▪ Miami Beach Marina pickup point
Until 6 p.m., Monty’s fuel dock
After 6 p.m., sea wall at the entrance of the Miami Beach Marina.