The City of Homestead will provide free trolley service to Everglades and Biscayne national parks on weekends during the 2013-14 winter season.
The service will operate from November 2013 to May 2014 and link both parks to downtown Homestead, where the trolley stop will connect with Miami-Dade County public transportation routes. This will make parks accessible via public transit from anywhere in the county for the first time.
The program will take advantage of Homestead’s newly expanded trolley fleet of four vehicles, acquired through federal grants and Miami-Dade County People Transportation Plan funds.
Downtown Homestead is about ten miles from the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center at the main entrance to Everglades National Park, and about nine miles from the Dante Fascell Visitor Center at Biscayne National Park. Homestead may be the only city in America with two national parks in such close proximity.
Everglades National Park welcomes about a million visitors each year who spend about $146.8 million in communities surrounding the park. This spending supports 2,408 jobs in the local area, park officials report.
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