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Some changes are coming next month for thousands of people who ride buses to Key Biscayne each day along the route that includes Rickenbacker Causeway and Crandon Boulevard.

In a June 6 memo from Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava to the County Commission, she said plans are for Route B – which services the island – to be renamed Route 26.

About 2,200 people ride the Key Biscayne bus on an average weekday, County statistics show. Many are employees commuting to and from work on the island. And ridership has been increasing —  up 63% in March when compared to ridership a year ago. 

Frequency of buses will be improved from 60 to 30 minutes midday on Crandon Boulevard, according to the memo. “The schedules will also be improved to reflect current traffic conditions,” the memo stated.

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However, the Harbor Drive leg of the route will be discontinued due to poor ridership, she said.

The Commission, pushed by Levine Cava in 2018, required changes to bus and train service routes and fares be provided to the panel. The County’s Department of Transportation and Public Work posts routes and any adjustments every March, July and November.

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The changes are to go into effect on July 24. 

Route B – or should we say now Route 26 – runs from the Brickell Station, down Brickell Avenue, over the Rickenbacker Causeway to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park with some three dozen stops each way.

Levine Cava’s memo says that there are no changes in fares for either bus service or the Metro Rail train service which is $2.25 one way or $5.65 for a day pass.

Other proposed changes to bus service county wide can be viewed by clicking here.

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