The Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) is making temporary adjustments to some transit routes in light of the rapid spread of the omicron variant.
The highly contagious omicron variant of COVID-19 has compounded the existing shortage of bus operators.
In order to streamline service, DTPW will temporarily suspend two routes served by alternate options, as well as some low-traffic routes.
The following changes will come into effect on Thursday, January 20:
- the 39 Express the course will be suspended until further notice. Alternate routes are 31 Busway Local and 38 Busway MAX.
- the 103/C will also be suspended until further notice, his alternate route being 113/M.
- Northbound trips from the city center departing from 95 Golden Glades Express at 4:27 p.m., 4:47 p.m., 4:49 p.m. and 5:02 p.m. are suspended. All other routes remain the same.
- Eastbound trips from 836 Dolphin Express at 6:20 a.m., 7:40 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:20 p.m., 2:50 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:50 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. In addition, westbound trips departing at 6:53 a.m., 8:13 a.m., 9:33 a.m., 11:03 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 5:40 p.m. and 6:20 a.m. are suspended. . All other routes remain the same.
“Like employers across the county and nation, we are experiencing higher than usual employee absences due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. Our top priority is to protect the health and well-being of our employees. and residents as we continue to offer all the tools we have to stop the spread and curb the recent outbreak,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.
DTPW continues to monitor the situation closely and may implement additional adjustments as needed.
“As we continue to assess the current situation, we are taking a proactive approach to minimize service impacts on our passengers. The situation remains fluid and we are monitoring staffing levels daily,” said Eulois Cleckley, Director and Chief leadership of the Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works.
DTPW also continues to employ the cleaning measures instituted during the pandemic, including daily cleaning and disinfection of Metrobus, Metrorail and Metromover vehicles, bus terminals and stations.
In accordance with the federal mandate, face masks remain a requirement for any transit driver, both inside a Miami-Dade Transit vehicle and at a Miami-Dade Transit facility (including at bus stops). bus and on the platforms).
“We are doing everything we can to minimize service disruptions while protecting our workforce and residents. We ask our residents for your patience and support as we face these unprecedented challenges,” said Levine Cava.
Transit riders can stay informed of any service changes by signing up for rider alerts here: www.miamidade.gov/alerts
For more information on public transportation and countywide services during this time, visit miamidade.gov/coronavirus or call 3-1-1.