New route to start operation

January 4, 2018 by  

A new trolley route connecting Doral with Florida International University is on the way.

The new route will benefit staff, faculty, and thousands of students who regularly commute between the city and the university, and was approved unanimously by members of the city council.

The route has been in the planning stages for three years, according to Christi Fraga, a councilwoman who worked to get the effort started. Fraga says the route will help relieve the traffic congestion on NW 107th Avenue. Between them, the Miami Dade County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) and the Public Works Department of the City of Doral, have tackled the problem. She also said the trolleys will operate every 30 to 45 minutes.

Before the vote, a study was performed to assess the feasibility of the project. Funded by a TPO grant, the study considered three different routes for the new trolley. The first would run along NW 66th Street, near Divine Savior Academy and other landmarks; the second along NW 90th Street and Ronald Reagan High School and the Islands at Doral, and other sites; and the third would run along NW 90th Street, Ronald Reagan High School, and Midtown Doral and other locations. The third route was the one chosen.

The new trolley should be in operation by this summer. Operations like this can benefit if officials work with brochure printers to print schedules for riders’ convenience.