Let’s face it, Miami hasn’t won any awards recently for its public transportation. Despite our booming downtown with mega-condo towers popping off like whoa, our increasingly crushing gridlock is a telling sign of a pretty brutal transit situation.
And despite some rad new ways to move about town — Citi Bike, the Miami Trolley, Car2Go, Uber and more — navigating the Magic City using public transportation leaves us all feeling like…#TheStruggleIsReal.
But before we throw too much shade at Miami’s transit, let’s take a closer look at one big piece of it that sometimes feels hidden in plain sight — the Metrorail. Soaring above US-1 in and out of downtown Miami since 1984, Metrorail is Florida’s only true rapid transit metro system.
(No, the monorail at Disney World does not count!)
Tired of sitting idle on US-1? Living near a Metrorail stop can save you major time and stress from traffic hell, not to mention mucho dinero too.
So what do rent prices look like around Metrorail stations? We took a look and crunched the numbers for how much a 1 bedroom apartment will cost you within a 1-mile radius of each station along the Metrorail.
Mira! Here’s what we found.
If you’re all about that Kendall life, the average rent for a 1 bedroom at the southern end of the line at Dadeland South will run around $1,687 a month.
Head closer to the University of Miami in Coral Gables and prices drop a bit to $1,550.
How about a pad near Coconut Grove for $1,537? The Grove still boasts some of the better deals in the city as there are tons of restaurants, bars parks, and it’s just close enough to downtown to make for a breezy commute from the Douglas Road or Vizcaya stations.
If you’re into the fast-paced scene of Brickell, 1 bedrooms in this flashy luxury ‘hood will run you about $2,050 a month. Across the river in the heart of downtown at Government Center, you’re looking at about $1,900 per month.
With a ton of new buildings, Government Center and Brickell definitely take the cake for transit and walkability, both steps from any of the free downtown Metromover stops, the Miami Trolley or the Miami-Dade transit buses that connect to anywhere in the county.
Heading north from Downtown toward Wynwood and Overtown, (where buildings and rental prices seem to be going up almost daily) average monthly rents are almost $2,300 (gulp).
If you are dreaming about grabbing a morning cold brew at Panther Coffee and an afternoon cocktail and taco at Wood Tavern, the Overtown station is going to be your closest Metrorail stop. Further west, there are some killer deals by the Brownsville and Earlington Heights stops at $700 and $795, respectively.
If you commute to Broward County, the Tri-Rail stop is where you’ll want to live, where apartments rent for $1,650.
With only two lines, it might seem like the reach of Metrorail is too limited to be that useful.
But more people are riding the Metrorail than ever — over 71,000 riders a day, and up over 30,000 per day from just ten years ago! Since 2012, the new Orange Line can whisk you to Miami International Airport in about 15 minutes from downtown. With new condos and apartments being built all along the Metrorail route, now is the time escape US-1 rage and hop aboard that train.
Do you live near a Metrorail station? Are you all about that train life? Share your thoughts with us on Twitter @RadPad or with #RadPadMiami.
A very special shout out to the insanely talented illustrator Justin Pervorse for whipping up this very Miami inspired infographic for us. Stunning work man! Feel free to download and share our HiRes or web-friendly LowRes.