Saturday, April 22, 2017

South Florida: Miami and Fort Lauderdale

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Waiting for the Miami Beach Airport Flyer at Miami Airport Intermodal Station

The whole of urban South Florida, anchored by its largest cities Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, is all interconnected by the area's commuter rail network Tri-Rail, which operate clean and comfortable double-decker trains with lavatories. Some Tri-Rail stations are also Amtrak stations, connecting these communities with northern Florida, Georgia and beyond.

Miami International Airport (MIA) has its own intermodal terminal. This is served by the city's rapid transit rail service Metrorail (to downtown and Dadeland), by Tri-Rail (to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach) and by several of the city's Metrobus lines. Between MIA and Miami Beach (a.k.a. South Beach), the service is by either Bus J or Bus 150, the faster of the two, also known as Miami Beach Airport Express or Airport Flyer, because it practically flies along the causeway bridge over Biscayne Bay. Metrorail and Metrobus are part of Miami-Dade Transit. On the other side of the causeway, the city of Miami Beach operates 4 free trolley routes that provide a reliable transportation alternative complementing the existing transit network and providing connection to regional transit routes, as well as helping you save time, money and energy while sightseeing.

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Colleague John and I at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, served by Bus 40

Fort Lauderdale
Bus transportation for Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and surrounding communities is provided mostly by Broward County Transit. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is easy to get to or from downtown Fort Lauderdale (at Broward Central Terminal) via Bus 1, or completely free by taking two Tri-Rail shuttle routes connecting through the namesake train station. From Broward Central Terminal, there are buses that go to beach and marina communities such as Bus 40.

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