Kendall Cruisers feature Wi-Fi and other comforts
The Kendall Cruiser, a hybrid diesel-electric bus, is now operating on one of the most traffic-choked roads in Miami-Dade County.
The new buses combine a conventional internal combustion engine with an electric propulsion system – which reduces greenhouse emissions and petroleum consumption, advocates say. Other urban transportation systems that use these type vehicles include Las Vegas, New York, Washington, San Francisco and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The Kendall Cruiser operates along North Kendall Drive, stopping every 12 minutes, between the Dadeland North Metrorail station and Southwest 162nd Avenue. A new lot near Southwest 150th Avenue stop offers free parking.
For $2.35 each trip, Kendall Cruiser passengers travel aboard new 60-foot diesel-electric hybrid buses featuring free Wi-Fi service. Traffic signals offer extended green lights at certain intersections to help keep buses on schedule.
With this route, Miami-Dade Transit also is testing a Bus Tracker system that allows passengers to check the next bus’ arrival time on their home computers or Web-enabled mobile devices. As part of a second phase, some bus shelters will post real-time “next bus” information on electronic signs. This program will be expanded to other routes.
The director of Miami-Dade Transit, Harpal Kapoor, said this new service helps take the stress out of commuting on North Kendall Drive.
Silvia Bello, 23, a frequent user of the transit system, said that the buses are nice. “It is so helpful for me to use this service to go daily to my work,” Bello said. “You can check your emails or Facebook while you are on the way to your work.”