Miami VA Healthcare System
Free Downtown Parking for Veterans with Appointments
Free downtown parking is available for Veterans with appointments at the Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center. This parking garage—located at 26 SE 1st St., Miami, FL 33131—is serviced by three shuttles that run continuously Monday – Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The shuttle ride is approximately 15 - 20 minutes. Veterans with appointments between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. are encouraged to go directly to the new parking garage and take the free shuttle to the main hospital. Veterans who are mobility-impaired are encouraged to park at the main hospital.
We’ve also reconfigured our parking lots to add an additional 40 spaces for Veterans to our large parking lot, moving more employee parking spaces to our auxiliary lot across the street. We are also excited to announce a recently approved project to construct a 250-car parking garage and will be sharing more details as we move forward on the design and construction.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to explore solutions to our parking limitations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a ticket or parking validation process?
Take a ticket at the garage and give it to the van driver. When your appointments are finished, the van driver will hand you a validated parking ticket at the garage.
What if my appointment goes past 6:30 p.m.?
The Administrator on Duty is located in the Emergency Department Waiting area and will arrange for transportation to the garage.
Why don’t you build a parking garage?
As of January 2018, the Miami VA Healthcare System has been approved for a 250-car parking garage to be built in the West Parking lot. The time for completion is two years for construction award and design/build. During construction of the garage, we will lease more off-site parking.
What if I use public transportation from the garage instead of the shuttle?
Veterans are welcome to use any method of transportation they wish, however they are responsible for all costs incurred by not using the Miami VA provided shuttle service.