It looks like Miami Beach will end up approving an agreement with Miami-Dade County that not only preserves the South Beach Local bus stop on Belle Isle, but keeps the fare at 25 cents.
And, as an added benefit, the new route for the SBL — passing directly in front of The Standard instead of swerving around Belle Isle Park on Island Avenue — seems to be working with no complaints.
The Beach City Commission on Wednesday will be asked to review a proposed agreement with the county that preserves the stop and 25 cent fare, and then then it to the city Finance and itywide Projects committee for further review. Under the agreement, the city’s share of the project cost rises from 34 percent to 38 percent — an annual dollar increase of $127,697. The city’s total cost would be $1,213,121.
Few would have predicted that outcome four months ago, when residents complained about the routing on Belle Isle, the county complained about the ridership and there was talk of doubling the fare to 50 cents to cover costs.
The Belle Isle Residents Association fought hard for this outcome, and persuaded commissioners Ed Tobin, Jerry Libben and Jonah Wolfson that the ridership justified keeping the route. The Standard hotel, 31 Venetian Way, also pushed to keep the stop.
We’ll keep you posted as this moves through the city committee for a final vote.