Cutler Bay is celebrating both the second anniversary of the town’s circulator bus and the expansion of its schedule by hosting a “Bus Party” on Saturday, Dec. 6.
The free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and not only offer free bus rides but also “goody bags” for the first 300 riders with coupons and promotional items. People may board the bus at any of the Cutler Bay Local stops along the route.
Town manager Rafael Casals said he was pleased with the success of the local circulator bus program, a project done in cooperation with Miami-Dade County Transit.
“When the Cutler Bay Local began operating it was just on a three days a week schedule — Monday, Wednesday and Friday,” Casals said. “Then we expanded that to five days a week, and now we’re adding Saturday as well. Ridership is up and the program has been a success.”
Casals said that town officials and staff hope eventually to expand service to Sunday as well so that access is available seven days a week. The “Bus Party” event will provide information to residents on the cost of rides (25 cents), service hours (8:35 a.m. to 5:35 p.m.), the route and stops, the features of the bus and local businesses along the route. The event is timed to coincide with the beginning of the holiday shopping season.
Although riders may board the Cutler Bay Local at any of the regular stop, the major destinations include South Dade Shopping Center, Pointe Royal Shopping Center, Southland Mall, the Cutler Bay Town Hall, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, South Dade Government Center, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Old Cutler Towne Center and others.
There also will be a Bus Raffle. Each person who rides the bus on Dec. 6 will have a chance to win a prize for participating in the Bus Party. The town still is looking for volunteers to work at each of the designated bus stops to distribute goody bags.
For information contact town council member Sue Ellen Loyzelle at 305-562-6062 or by email at CFAL@cutlerbay-fl.gov.