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East-West Corridor

The East-West Corridor is one of the six rapid transit corridors of the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Plan. The East-West Corridor runs along SR 836/Dolphin Expressway from the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) adjacent to the Miami International Airport (MIA) to SW 8 St. at SW 109 Ave. next to Florida International University (FIU).
On March 2, 2020, Miami-Dade County launched the 836 Express Bus Service

This new route provides service from the new Dolphin Station Park and Ride to downtown Miami. This service will use the inside shoulder of St. Rd. 836 when regular lanes are congested.

Improvements to the inside shoulder of SR 836 included:
  • Widening the shoulder lane
  • Shoulder lane painted with a red striped and stamped with “Bus Only”
  • Signs to inform the public about the restricted bus use of the shoulder
This segment of Phase 1 of the East-West Corridor project was developed prior to the adoption of the SMART Plan as part of an incremental approach to implement rapid transit service on the East-West Corridor of the People’s Transportation Plan (PTP).

Future segments of Phase 1 include 836 Express Bus service originating from Tamiami Station Park and Ride and the Panther Station Park and Ride at FIU.The Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) is studying the implementation of the East-West Rapid Transit Project. The study aims to identify locations for transit stations, Park-and-Ride/transit terminal facilities, and the implementation of a cost-effective, high-ridership, new premium transit service with supporting pedestrian and bicycle facilities.

The Tier I evaluation explored Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Heavy Rail Transit (HRT), and Commuter Rail Transit (CRT) alternatives which were presented for public feedback at the Public Corridor Workshops on exclusive lanes. Based on the Tier I evaluation, BRT and HRT alternatives were recommended for further analysis.

Currently, the Tier II evaluation of the two shortlisted rapid transit alternatives is in progress. The first hub of the East-West Corridor broke ground in January 2017 with the Dolphin Station Park-and-Ride Transit Terminal Facility, which is located off NW 12 Street just west of Florida’s Turnpike and expected to open in summer of 2019. The Panther Station, which will be located at Florida International University’s Modesto Maidique Campus; and the Tamiami Station, which will be located at the corner of SW 8 Street and 147 Avenue will also service the East-West Corridor.

Meetings & Workshops

Miami-Dade County Director of Transportation and Public Works, Alice N. Bravo, P.E., explains the SMART Plan on NBC 6.


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