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Miami’s public transit system is the largest in Florida and the 14th largest in the United States, despite Miami being one of the most sprawling and car dependent cities in the country.  Miami-Dade Transit, Florida’s largest transit agency, operates the Metrorail, Metromover (an automated people mover system in downtown Miami), and Metrobus.  Tri-Rail operates the region’s commuter rail system.  Neighboring Broward and Palm Beach counties each have their own bus systems as well.

Miami Metrorail

The Miami Metrorail opened on May 20, 1984. It is a completely above ground line, with all but a few sections being elevated. The Metrorail now has 23 stations, including connections to the Metromover system, Tri-Rail, and Miami International Airport. The 136 rail cars on the line were manufactured by Budd as part of a joint order between Miami-Dade Transit and the Maryland Department of Transportation.

Miami Metromover

The Metromover is an automated people mover in downtown Miami. The system operates free of charge and serves 21 stations on three different routes. Transfers to Metrorail are available at Government Center and Brickell.

Miami-Dade Metrobus

Miami-Date Transit operates a fleet of over 800 buses on over 90 routes throughout the Miami area. There is one BRT corridor, the South Miami-Dade Busway, extending south from the Dadeland South Metrorail station to Florida City.


Tri-Rail commuter rail service was inaugurated in 1989. Today, Tri-Rail has a 71 mile route with 18 stations, including transfers to Miami Metrorail and Amtrak. Although the line originally had single track sections, the line has had double tracked operations in place along its entire length since 2007.