There’s been no direct bus service from Belle Isle and other islands along Venetian Way to downtown Miami since Saturday.
Now, the Belle Isle Residents Association called on the county to find solution to the problem.
Miami-Dade Transit stopped running Route A, which linked the Venetian with the Omni area, on Saturday due to structural problems with the westernmost bridge. Engineers set a weight limit of 5 tons for that bridge, and 11 tons for other causeway bridges; the small Metrobuses used for Route A exceed the 5 ton limit.
As a result, the buses now only cover a limited to a route from the Lincoln Road area that crosses Belle Isle, Rivo Alto, DiLido, San Marino and San Marcos islands, but doesn’t extend to Biscayne Island or over the drawbridge to mainland Miami.
A commuter who wants to travel to the Venetian Isles from mainland Miami has to cross either the Tuttle or MacArthur causeway and then changes buses and backtrack. And if you want to get to Biscayne Island, you need to walk, bike or take a cab.
In its resolution, the residents association said “recent safety concerns for the Venetian Bridges have great hardship for many Belle Isle residents, commuters and those working on Belle Isle as caregivers, building workers and domestic help.”
The organization asked that the county and Miami Beach replace the buses “at the same intervals, during the same times and in the same route as previously scheduled, using whatever vehicles necessary to safely cross the bridges until regular buses can be returned to service.”