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Mask or No Mask? The Latest South Florida Transit Guidelines

Public transportation systems across South Florida are updating their mask policies in light of a recent announcement from the Transportation Security Administration

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After a federal judge in Florida vacated the Biden administration's national mask mandate for planes and other forms of public transportation on Monday, face masks are no longer required at Miami and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood international airports. Other transportation systems across South Florida are adjusting their mask policies as well.

South Florida Tri-Rail

South Florida's Tri-Rail announced on their website that mask-wearing will now be optional on Tri-Rail trains effective immediately.

Miami-Dade Transit (Metrobus, Metrorail and Metromover)

"Miami-Dade will follow federal guidelines and at this time. As the TSA will not be enforcing any mask policy, we will follow suit for all transit including the airport," said Miami-Dade Transit Special Projects Administrator Luis Espinoza.

Although masks are no longer required on the Metrobus, Metrorail and Metromover, they are still recommended for passengers with underlying conditions, anyone feeling symptomatic, or anyone who has tested positive.

"As done with any health matter, personal choice and personal responsibility are paramount as our community does its part to keep each other healthy," said Espinoza.

Broward County Transit

Masks are no longer required on Broward County Transit buses.

"The CDC is still encouraging individuals to wear facial coverings in crowded indoor public transportation venues," the county said in a news release.


Brightline employees and guests are no longer required to wear masks while onboard or in stations.

Rideshare (Uber and Lyft)

Uber and Lyft have both dropped mask requirements for drivers and passengers, but recommend the use of masks for those who wish to do so or have personal risk factors.

"We know that everyone has different comfort levels, and anyone who wants to continue wearing a mask is encouraged to do so," said Lyft in a statement. "As always, drivers or riders can decline to accept or cancel any ride they don't wish to take."

Uber updated the safety guidance on its website, saying in part "the CDC still recommends wearing a mask if you have certain personal risk factors and/or high transmission levels in your area."

Uber also shared a tweet saying that passengers can now use the front seat if needed.

Palm Tran

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This is a developing story and will continue to be updated. Please check back for the latest information.

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