Residents of Miami's Little Havana neighborhood use public transit three times more often than the general population in Miami-Dade County. Multiple bus routes and two free trolley routes serve the area. Ridership along Flager Street, SW 1st Street and NW 7th Street is high and shade trees have been planted on corridors leading to these transit services. However, because of constraints in the right-of-way, there are few benches where riders, particularly older adults, can sit while waiting. AARP funded the purchase of 12 benches, which were installed through a pilot project with the city of Miami.
The AARP Community Challenge funds “quick-action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages.