Local Bus Service & Freebee (on-demand shared ride)
Attention Residents: I-Bus Services running out of the Park and Ride location at St. Richard/ Holy Rosary Catholic Church RESUME on March 15, 2021.
The service had been temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Drivers and passengers are required to wear masks at all times when riding the bus.
Freebee on demand will continue its 7 am to 7 pm operation. Please download the app (see Freebee App is Here menu option to the left) to request your free ride.
What is Freebee On-Demand Service?
Introduced to the Village on July 22, 2019, these are green gasless on-demand vehicles that pick you up and take you anywhere within Palmetto Bay, FREE!
Simply download "Ride Freebee" in your app store, and summon Freebee to pick you up and deliver you to any point in the Village. If you don’t use a smart phone, or you don’t wish to download the app, you may call 1-855-918-3733.
In September, in addition to the two existing vehicles, two "Freebee" shuttle buses will be added to take riders from Palmetto Bay Park to the Dadeland South Metro-rail station, Monday through Friday, mornings and evenings.
What is the I-Bus?
In 2006, the Village of Palmetto Bay launched a much-needed intra-Village bus service in accordance with the requirements of the Citizens' Independent Transportation Trust (CITT) program. Operation of the I-Bus service is paid for with funding from the People's Transportation Plan (PTP) transportation surtax approved by county voters to improve transportation choices in Miami-Dade County.
The I-Bus service was designed to increase the number of destinations that can be reached by a fixed route schedule throughout Palmetto Bay and surrounding areas, and to connect with Miami-Dade Transit routes. "IBus" is a play on words to reflect the many beautiful ibis that frequent Village parks and neighborhoods. The blue and white buses feature an impressive drawing of this native bird.
All Village buses are air conditioned, wheelchair accessible and bike rack equipped and the bus ride is free! The buses follow the route schedule as close as possible. However, unforeseen traffic conditions may cause the IBus to arrive slightly early or late at times. As with any mode of transportation, please allow ample time for traveling.
Village IBus service is succeeding in many ways:
- IBus is an efficient eco-friendly operation by properly adjusting routes and schedules
- IBus is the only public transportation within the Village that links riders to the Miami-Dade Busway and MetroRail service
- Key intersections and sidewalks have been upgraded along IBus routes throughout the Village (making them ADA compliant)
- The service meets the needs of loyal riders on popular routes