MIAMI — As part of a cost-cutting plan, Miami-Dade plans to trim Metrorail hours next week, closing down an hour earlier on weeknights and cutting back weekend service, the Miami Herald reports.
Metrorail is also rolling back expanded service of the three-mile extension of the Orange Line that opened in 2012 and connects Miami International Airport with the rest of the system, by going back to 30-minute headways instead of the 15-minute intervals it introduced in October.
The cutbacks on Metrorail follow an announced plan to eliminate stops on some bus routes and contract out others to save money. Metrorail ridership is down about 6% this year, while bus boardings are down about 10%. Compounding the problem is a slump in sales taxes, including the half-percent tax that subsidizes the transit system, the Miami Herald reports. For the full story, click here.