On August 20, Doral’s free trolley service will begin traveling to and from Florida International University, coinciding with the beginning of the fall semester.
The transportation initiative was the idea of FIU alumna Christi Fraga, a council member for Doral.
“I expect exceptional results from the Doral-FIU Trolley Route. Since 2014, I have been committed to bringing the route to fruition receiving unwavering support from Doral’s Council, the City’s administration, and FIU throughout the process,” said Fraga in an email to SFNS.
The new route will run from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and will include the purchase of three new trolleys. The trolleys will mostly operate on 107th Avenue but will enter FIU’s main campus through 109th avenue and go as far north as Northwest 90th Street.
The route is estimated to have 137,020 annual riders, giving FIU staff and student a new way to get through traffic.
70 percent of the 15.2-mile route will be within the Doral area, which was a contract requirement. The trolley will stop at Ronald Reagan High School, Midtown Doral, International Mall and FIU’s main and engineering campuses.
The new trolley route was approved by the City of Doral and the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization in 2016.
The plan, which was approved unanimously by Doral’s city council, provides up to $90,000 in grant funding to study the impact of a Doral to FIU trolley system.
Astrid Arraras, a politics and international relations professor at FIU who came to Doral in 1999, said traffic has gotten worse over the years.
“When I moved, coming to FIU took 10 minutes. Now, it takes 20 minutes, it’s doubled.” Said Arraras.