So, I started a new “adventure” in my life this week. I am officially a Program Coordinator at Miami Dade College. The job doesn’t make sense to me just yet, but it’s a far cry from teaching.
With my new job, came another big leap in my journey to reinventing myself. I now take the metrorail to Downtown Miami.
The last few times that I tried to navigate this form of public transportation, I got completely lost. (Thank goodness for the GPS on my phone or I would have never made it to my destination…I would probably still be wandering around.)
Here are some tips for taking the metrorail in Miami:
- Remember your parking space number. I was not that smart on my first trip. After parking on the 7th floor, waiting on the elevator, standing in line at the ticket machine, and buying my pass, I realized I did not know which space I had parked in. So up I went, 7 floors up, walked all the way back to the car, read my number, and had to wait in line again. Rookie mistake.
- Buy a monthly pass.This will just save time and aggravation for the next trip. Not to mention it makes you look like you know what you are doing.
- Keep your stop number in your head. The “loud” speaker is anything but loud, so you have to watch for your stop instead of relying on the announcement.
- Hand sanitizer is a must.Do you really need to ask why?
- Bring headphones.This is just so you don’t have to listen to everyone else’s headphones. They are so loud!
- Don’t make eye contact.The people really aren’t that scary, but it’s just better to be safe than sorry.
- Flat iron your hair.This one’s for the ladies. The Miami humidity is nothing to mess with. Waiting on the platform can do a number on your locks, not to mention the air isn’t that strong on the train itself. So if you want your hair to be straight when you arrive to your destination, then iron it before you leave.
I hope this helps you to safely and effectively maneuver through the public transportation system in Miami. If you are from the area, what would you add to this list?