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 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 business 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.
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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.
On Metromover, MDT also increased the number of Metromover vehicles to move more passengers and provide more frequent service.