Lehman Center for Transportation Research at Florida International University

Evaluation of Reverse Commute Program at Miami Dade Transit

  • Sponsor: Miami Dade Transit (MDT)
  • Contact: Dr. Sylvan C. Jolibois, 305-348-3485, jolibois@eng.fiu.edu

  • The term Reverse Commute Project means a project related to the development of transportation services designed to transport residents of urban areas, urbanized areas and areas other than urbanized areas to suburban employment opportunities. It also includes any project to subsidize the costs associated with adding reverse commute bus, train, carpool, van routes or services from urban areas, urbanized areas to suburban workplaces. Although public transit has traditionally provided an effective mode choice for the city-destined commuter, it is difficult for transit to efficiently serve the low density, growing suburban job market.

    The main objective of this research project is to conduct a follow-up study on the effectiveness of the existing MDT Reverse Commute program. This study will include the following:
    1. Evaluation of the effectiveness of the 11 routes operated by Miami-Dade Transit under their Reverse Commute program; and
    2. Description and comparison of methods of providing home-to-work services for inner city residents employed, or seeking employment, in suburban areas, with special emphasis on new roles for private operators.

    The project is funded by Miami Dade Transit (MDT) with a budget of $59,175, under the $250,000/year agreement between FIU/LCTR and MDT.