A Vision for Urban Mobility


For The Miami Foundation, urban mobility incorporates various travel options such as walking, biking and public transit.

The Foundation views the diversity of our transportation options and quality of service as two of the greatest indicators for our city’s livability and competitiveness.   

We believe that our local transportation system must reflect our city’s growing population and needs. Transportation options must balance reliability, safety and convenience; provide ample choices for getting around; and support great public spaces.  

More and more people are choosing to live, learn, work, and play in and around urban centers.  For Miami, this means that our investments in making our streets walkable and bike-friendly and our transportation services fast and reliable will result in a competitive, prosperous and vibrant city.  


Miami-Dade Transportation Ecosystem


Transportation decisions in Miami-Dade County are made by various agencies, departments and officials. This short video gives you a quick overview of the entities involved and the complexity of the system.  


It All Starts With The Streets

Sample Street Network  |  Downtown Miami



The street (including sidewalks) is the basic unit of mobility.  If you're looking to improve some aspect of mobility, chances are that you'll be interacting with the street.  

How that interaction progresses will be shaped by which agency administers the street. In Miami-Dade, the most important distinction you'll need to be aware of is whether the street is a function of the city, the county or the state.  

One thing to keep in mind - regardless of which agency administers the street, they are public spaces and technically "owned" by the community.  

Using the Central Business District (affectionately called CBD), or otherwise known as the Downtown Miami, as a sample area, the maps above show how the street network is organized by managing agency.  Click on the individual maps for additional info on associated departments. 


Mass Transit Options 

Sample Transit Network  |  Downtown Miami



Public transportation services in Miami Dade County take a multitude of forms.  We currently have elevated rail (MetroMover and MetroRail), buses, trolleys, private jitneys and special transportation services (STS). 

The maps above help visualize only the City of Miami or Miami Dade County operated mass transit options.  Just as with the streets network map (above), the Central Business District/Downtown Miami is used as a sample area.  Different cities and communities within Miami Dade County have very different mass transit options and services, therefore this is not representative of the entire county.  

The individual (smaller) maps are separated by type of transit service, click on these maps to learn more about the managing agencies and associated officials.


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Local Advocacy Groups & Community Boards

Looking to connect with local advocacy or community groups that are working to improve mobility options for pedestrians, cyclists and transit users?  Or perhaps you'd like to engage with official community involvement boards regarding transportation. Follow this link for information on local organizations and boards.  

Don't see an agency listed here that should be?  Let us know.


Alphabet Soup

Part of getting to know Miami-Dade's transportation system is seeing and learning lots of acronyms that often look or sound the same.  MDT, MDX, CTAC, BPAC, and on it goes.  See our glossary of acronyms for a quick guide of the most common acronyms.