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The Merritt Island Subway Authority [MISA] was created in 1958 by a forward looking Brevard County government in response to the rapid growth of America’s space program at Cape Canaveral.

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Recently installed turnstiles at the 528/Barge Canal Transfer Station

Its original Executive Director, John McIntosh, obtained funding from the Federal Government and Brevard County for a preliminary study of the area’s growth and the potential for a large-scale subway system. The subway would eliminate the need for an extensive above ground road and highway system, reduce the number of automobiles and trucks on the roadways, and consequently preserve the natural beauty of the area.

In 1963 the Federal Government, NASA, and Brevard County approved construction funding for the first subway section of the Merritt Island Subway System. This section would begin at 520 and Courtenay Parkway and end at the space center in North Brevard.

Completed in 1966, the Merritt Island Subway System proved an immediate success, serving space program employees and area visitors. Additional legs of the system were added in the early 1970’s to link Port Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, and Patrick Air Force Base. Cocoa Village and the Wickham area were added in the late 1970’s.

The System became more valuable and indispensable as tourism became a larger part of the Brevard economy in the 1980’s.

Stations are being added as the demands of Merritt Island’s growth require additional Subway service.
 

Vehicle Assembly Building under construction at the Kennedy Space Center

Vehicle Assembly Building under construction during the construction of the Merritt Island Subway System.

Dr. Wernher von Braun and Astronaut Cooper

Dr. Wernher von Braun and Astronaut Cooper, an hour prior to boarding the Merritt Island Subway System.

The escalator at the 520/Business District Transfer Station at the Merritt Island Subway System

The escalator at the 520/Business District Transfer Station at the Merritt Island Subway System

A marvel of engineering and design

1967 Photograph of the Kennedy Space Center Station.

"Let's see, I could launch Woodward and Bernstein in this couldn't I?"

President Nixon and James Fletcher Discuss the Space Shuttle prior to leaving for a tour of Merritt Island aboard the Merritt Island Subway System.

President Bill Clinton samples some space food while visiting the Johnson Space Center.

President Bill Clinton samples some space food while visiting the Kennedy Space Center. Holding the food packet is US Senator John H. Glenn. After this meeting President Clinton boarded the Merritt Island Subway System and made an unscheduled stop at a Merritt Island McDonalds..

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The Small Print: You just knew we’d need to raise a little money to support our Subway System and keep fares low for riders. We’ve got inexpensive month-to-month opportunities for naming a station, adding a station, and transit advertising. E-mail the MISA at advertising@misubwayauth.org or click here to read about advertising.