Miami Beach commissioners unanimously approved resolutions urging improvements in bus service to Belle Isle and the Venetian islands in the wake of cutbacks put in place last month by Miami-Dade Transit.
The cutbacks were triggered by new weight limits on Venetian bridges because of structural weaknesses. But Miami-Dade began using lighter buses on a more limited scheduile this week. Venetian Way residents want a full schedule restored. The commission resolution asked for service between 6:30 a.m. and midnight.
City commissioners agreed at their meeting Wednesday. Commissioners Michael Grieco proposed a resolution that the county resume its normal schedule for the Route A bus, which links Miami and Miami Beach, and it passed unanimously.
Commissioners also unanimously approved a resolution asking the county to ensure easy, practical, and reliable public transportation from Belle Isle to all South Beach destinations. Belle Isle resident Barbara Cowen, who led a petition drive in the wake of the reduced bus service, pushed for the resolution.
Mayor Philip Levine instructed the city’s transportation department to pursue bringing trolley service to Belle Isle.