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The City of Doral conducted a local circulator planning/feasibility study under a grant from the Miami-Dade County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The study was brought before Council on June 13, 2007 and was approved as a pilot program. Consequently, the City launched a two-year pilot program on February 1, 2008. The Doral Transit System (DTS) goal is to provide service within the City of Doral, and provide connection to Downtown Miami and Miami-Dade County’s north and south communities, which are all reachable via transfer connections with Miami-Dade Transit (MDT).
At inception of the pilot program, DTS ran one trolley bus from Monday to Saturday. The first gas-engine trolley was placed into operations on February 1, 2008. The fixed routes operated weekdays with headways of approximately 40 minutes. Weekday’s lunch route had headways of approximately 20 minutes and Saturday’s route had headways of approximately 70 minutes. Route planning focused on serving major traffic routes since congestion could significantly lower or adversely affect the level of service. This sort of planning helps attract people who may consider using public transit as a mode of transportation. Transit service plays an important role in the economy and in the lives of our citizens. DTS is a system that needs to operate efficiently so that it can provide the best possible service to users.
The Trolley Tracker provides visual and real-time specific location of the trolleys. The Interactive Response System provides the location audibly of the next trolley to a specific stop. Unlike traditional schedules, these systems let the rider know where the trolley is located in real-time and how long it will take to get to a specific stop. The Trolley Tracker is available via the internet on the DTS website: www.cityofdoral.com/trolley or through the City of Doral’s “Doral e-Gov” smartphone app. Additionally, DTS offers its riders an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) service that provides riders with an estimated trolley arrival time. Riders may dial 305-593-6710 and enter the trolley stop number located on the Doral Trolley stop sign.