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Miami-Dade, the third largest county in Florida, has an extensive bus network and a limited elevated rail system that runs along U.S. 1 on its southern leg. The most convenient way of getting around is by car though rush-hour traffic brings things to a standstill. Because of distances and summer heat, walking is avoided except around South Beach or in neighborhoods like the Design District, Coconut Grove and Wynnwood.

Citi Bike, an hourly rental program similar to those in Paris and Barcelona, has racks located at convenient intervals in Miami and Miami Beach.  Many bike shops also offer rentals. The city bus system lets you load your bike on the front of the bus. Scooters are increasingly popular on South Beach.

Miami's Metrorail is an elevated rapid transit system that connects to Metro Bus routes. The new Orange Line provides service from Miami International Airport to downtown and south along U.S. 1. The Metrorail operates from 5 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

You can get almost anywhere in Miami-Dade County by public bus for around $2.50 if you have time, patience and don't mind bus transfers, but the most useful routes from LGBT travelers are:

The Miami Beach Airport Flyer (Route 150) - Travels between the Airport Metrorail Station across Julia Tuttle Causeway down Collins Avenue by Lincoln Road and on south on Washington Avenue to the end of South Beach.

Route 120 (Beach MAX)- Travels mostly on Collins Avenue between Aventura Shopping Mall and downtown Miami with stops servicing Haulover Beach, Bal Harbour, Lincoln Road and Washington Avenue.

Route 103 A - Travels across MacArthur Causeway between downtown Miami and Miami Beach along Washington Avenue to Lincoln Road and then north on Collins Avenue to 44th Street with a swing by Mount Sinai Medical Center.

The South Beach Local for 25 cents swings around SoBe on Alton Road and Washington Avenue as far as 20th Street and by the Standard Hotel pool on Belle Island.

Ground transportation from Miami International Airport includes Super Shuttle and registered taxis charging a flat fee according to zone. Board only at designated shuttle and taxi stands. In the city, taxis operate on the meter and are summoned by phone rather than hailed on the street. Uber and Lyft limousine services were introduced in 2014.