Public Transportation Program
In keeping with an ongoing commitment to implement “green” practices into University operations, the University of Miami bolstered its discounted Miami-Dade Metropass and Tri-rail pass distribution to University of Miami faculty, staff, and students in 2008. In an effort designed to reduce parking demand and traffic congestion on the campuses and municipal roadways and promote more affordable and less stressful commuting options, the University doubled its monthly distribution of public transit passes.
For several years, employees and students purchased transit passes from Medical Finance, taking advantage of bulk purchasing discounts offered by Miami-Dade Transit and Tri-rail. However, UM now offers significant incentives aimed at promoting public transit among full-time faculty and staff that includes significantly reduced transit passes based on annual earnings. This includes Metro rail, Metrobuses, “Park and Ride” express buses, and Tri-rail. The new Public Transit Program is administered by the Security and Parking Office at the Medical Campus.
Employees and students interested in the public transportation program must read and comply with the provisions of the Public Transit Program policy. Employees may NOT hold a campus parking permit and a reduced fare transit pass during the same month. Employee may not share, sell, or give their transit passes to others and they must use the passes to commute to work on a regular basis. Rates, restrictions, and other requirements can be found in this policy and at the websites of Miami-Dade Transit and Tri-rail. Violations of the policy carry significant penalties that can include termination, prosecution, and suspension from the program.
Those who wish to join the program must electronically complete, print, sign, and submit the employee election form or student election form. Election forms must be received by the 14th of the month to qualify for a pass in the upcoming month. Early elections forms are encouraged and appreciated as they allow more time to process requests. Those who wish to cancel the program must electronically complete, print, sign, and submit the transit pass cancellation form.
Tri-rail subscribers must first obtain an EDP (Employer Discount Program) card in order to participate and use a discounted Tri-rail pass. Go to www.tri-rail.com, and follow the tabs “Employer Discount Program”, Member Information”, and “Getting Started”. Submit your application. Once approved, the card will be mailed to your home address. If you already have and EDP card, please send a photo copy with your election form. You must have the EDP card in your possession to ride tri-rail using an employer discounted pass.
Please visit the South Florida Commuter Services website and read about their emergency ride home program, carpools and vanpools. The Emergency Ride Home provides free taxi service in emergency situations for registered commuters in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Questions not addressed below can be directed to the parking office by e-mailing UMParking@med.miami.edu or calling 305-243-6280.
I am interested in signing up for a Miami-Dade Transit bus pass. The election form only lists Metrorail pass. Can this pass be used on the bus as well?
Answer: Yes, the Miami-Dade EASY card includes Metrorail, Metrobuses, and “Park n Ride” express buses. (See below question regarding I95 Express buses from Broward)
I work in Coral Gables in the Gables One Tower but I’m part of the Medical campus. Am I eligible for the reduced fare pass?
Answer: Yes, your eligibility is based on your income, not your campus.
I work at the RSMAS campus. How do I get a transit pass?
Answer: Fax or e-mail your election form to Parking Customer Service at 305-243-8189. You will pick up your monthly pass from the Facilities Administration Office on the RSMAS campus after the 25th of the month providing your election form reaches us by the 10th.
What is the Tri-rail EDP card and how do I get one?
Answer: The EDP card is a membership card that you must carry while riding Tri-rail. The EDP card verifies that you are a member of the “Employer Discount Program”. To get an EDP card, go to www.tri-rail.com, and follow the tabs “Employer Discount Program”, Member Information”, and “Getting Started”. Submit your application. The card will be mailed to your home address within 10 business days. You must have the EDP card in your possession while riding Tri-rail.
I have a Tri-Rail EDP card which has not expired. I don’t purchase a monthly pass through UM, but rather 12-trip tickets directly from the train station. Does the new rate apply to the 12- trip tickets, as well?
Answer: No, the University will only be distributing monthly Tri-rail passes and you must obtain your pass from UM on payroll deduction to get the new rate.
I’m signing up today for the new Metrorail program. Will my parking pass for the medical campus be canceled automatically or is there anything I need to do?
Answer: If you park in a University of Miami lot or garage you will need to fax a signed parking cancellation notice to the parking office along with your election form. If you park in a JMH garage, you must come to the parking office at the end of the month, turn in your JMH parking card, and sign a cancellation notice.
I am registering for the reduced fare public transportation pass this month. I am submitting the form online, but want to know how I will be receiving the passes each month. Do I need to pick them up at the security office, or will they be sent to my office?
Answer: Each department has a representative who picks up the bulk passes from Security. You will get your pass from your department representative. Speak with your supervisor to identify your department representative.
I am a parent and I’d like to use this program to ride Metrobuses and Metrorail. I bring my toddler to daycare on campus. Can my child also ride?
Answer: Yes, preschoolers less than 42 inches tall can ride Metrobus and Metrorail free at all times with an accompanying adult. Metromover is free for everyone. Preschoolers taller than 42 inches ride transit free with a preschooler permit. Apply for this permit at any Transit Service Center , Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Can a visiting student at UM purchase a reduced fare Metropass pass?
Answer: No, You must be a full-time register University of Miami student to purchase a reduced fare pass. Visiting student may purchase a pass at the University of Miami bulk rate which is a $15 savings over the regular Miami-Dade Transit rate.
I am a University of Miami employee currently enrolled in the transit program. I will be on vacation for three weeks this month and do not need my transit pass. May I give or sell my pass to a friend, family member, or co-worker?
Answer: No, the University of Miami Public Transit Program policy forbids the transfer of your pass to others. You must be in possession of your pass at all times and produce the pass to University of Miami officials on request for inspection during random audits. You may cancel your pass for the month and obtain it again when you return. Please contact the Security Office to stop and start your pass.
Will the EASY Card allow me to ride the I95 Express buses from Broward?
Answer: The “Broward Boulevard to Downtown Miami” and the “Sheridan Street to Downtown Miami” buses are operated by Miami-Dade Transit using Miami-Dade Transit buses and accept the EASY card. The “Pines Blvd./Flamingo Road to Downtown Miami” route is operated by
Broward County Transit and riders will need to pay cash or use a Broward Transit pass. The EASY Card will not work on this Broward County Transit route.
Comprehensive and real-time County transit services information is available through the Miami-Dade Transit app, currently compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iTouch (iOS 4.3+). Track the current position of Metrorail trains and their arrival times. Get bus schedules by bus stop. View the status of services. For more information, or to download the app, click here.