Doral is planning new trolley routes. Will you ride?

Doral is planning to expand its trolley routes in the next few months.
Doral is planning to expand its trolley routes in the next few months. El Nuevo Herald

Doral will roll out additional routes in the next few months, tweak the system’s current stops and acquire a new trolley to replace a worn-out one, if the county approves.

“As the city grows, we want the trolleys to reach those new areas, ” said Rita Carbonell, the city’s traffic engineer. “With over 112,000 more riders in the last fiscal year, the trolleys must grow with our residents.”

The trolleys will soon serve Dolphin Mall, Legacy Park on Northwest 114th Avenue and 82nd Street, and Doral International Math and Science Academy on Northwest 67th Street and 104th Avenue, the city’s transportation team said in announcing the changes. They will also potentially serve the newly opened CityPlace.

The route changes are contingent on Miami-Dade County’s approval. Doral officials hope to get the item on the county commission’s agenda in June.

In 2018, a Florida International University route is also expected. Plans are for the trolley to stop at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus on Southwest 107th Avenue and 16th Street, as well as the Engineering Center on 105th Avenue and West Flagler Street in Sweetwater.

“By offering a new option for FIU students and Doral residents, it not only helps traffic congestion but also brings students to our city,” Carbonell said.

The trolley team is considering building 10 new trolley shelters at existing stops and extending service hours.

Simultaneously, Doral’s Public Works Department is working with the Planning and Zoning Department on possible express routes and a lunch route.

“Regarding the new trolley — the city bought it to replace an older trolley,” said spokeswoman Maggie Santos. “The older vehicle will be used as a spare. Now all routes will have a spare trolley on hand, improving reliability.”

Monique O. Madan: 305-376-2108, @MoniqueOMadan