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Express Ferry Service

A ferry service that would connect commuters from the South Corridor to I-95, Downtown Miami and Miami Beach.

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The Ferry service would allow users in the southern corridor of Miami Dade an option of public transportation that would help alleviate interstate traffic. This option would also allow individuals to travel with their vehicles. The Ferry Service could also branch off into an Express Water Shuttle that would connect Downtown Miami Residents to Miami Beach, and Northern MDC. This solution will help decrease rush hour traffic on I-95, 836 and the Turnpike Extension that stems from SouthWest Miami Dade residents. Fare prices would equal or be cheaper than toll fees and gas cost and would also provide environmental benefits for the county. Proposed South service could be started at Matheson State Park which is accessible from Killian Drive, 88th street and is minutes away from US1. Bayside/ Port of Miami could be used as ports for Downtown Miami and Terminal Island could be used as a port for Miami Beach access.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

This solution could be used by individuals living in the SE/SW corridor of Miami Dade as well as individuals who live in the City of Miami/Miami Beach and tourist. Delivery to Bayside would connect travelers to Metromover and Metrorail stations that are within walking distance and to the Brightline station that could connect travelers to Ft.Lauderdale, MIA, WPB and, Tri-Rail.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

A portion of the challenge funding would be used to lease ferry boats or hire a ferry boat service that could operate the routes. A smaller portion of the funds will be used to create a marketing campaign that would list the benefits of the new service.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

The measure of the success of this pilot would be based on ridership numbers and growth on a quarterly and annual basis. Ridership numbers would be used to determine financial stability and need for a larger fleet and increased scheduled departing times.


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Photo of Jorge Damian de la Paz

Commute times between South Dade and downtown Miami can often take more than two hours during peak travel periods. This 2017 Miami-Dade TPO report on a potential waterborne connection between Black Point Marina and downtown Miami could be helpful during the Refine Phase; best!:

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Thank You for this additional information!

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