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Campuswide Vigil At FIU Honors Bridge Collapse Victims

Mar 21, 2018
Leslie Ovalle / WLRN News

A dark blue banner hangs above the memorial site honoring the six victims of last week’s pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University's campus on Southwest Eighth Street. 

 


How Spring Break Crowds Closed Causeway To South Beach

Mar 20, 2018
Discoizzy / Wikimedia Commons

Despite the perfect weather last weekend, another kind of perfect storm landed on South Beach.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

The pedestrian bridge at Florida International University 's Modesto Maidique Campus was touted as a marvel for traffic-burdened Southwest Eighth Street. An average of 66,500 cars a day crossed the intersection with Southwest 109th Avenue in 2016.

Last weekend, the $14.2 million project was installed. By 2019, the cable-supported bridge would link the city of Sweetwater, where about 4,000 students live, and the school’s main campus across the street.

A plan to build a streetcar route in downtown Fort Lauderdale inched forward last month when the city and county councils voted to approve the project.

Jenni Morejon, executive director of the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority, says the Wave Streetcar will offer advantages over the area’s existing bus system.

A researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says he is revising a study he co-authored after admitting that "criticism is valid" of initial findings that Uber and Lyft drivers are making a median pretax profit of $3.37 an hour and a vast majority are making less than minimum wage.

Uber said the working paper had "a major error in the authors' methodology."

Ford

Driverless cars are coming to Miami-Dade County.

This week, Ford announced that the county will serve as the first test site for its fleet of self-driving cars. 

Two fleets have already hit the road. (Human "safety drivers" are serving as backup.)

The first fleet will use mapping technology to learn Miami's environment while the second group will deliver pizza. Ford is partnering with Domino's to see how customers  respond to the system.

Editor's note: Following sharp criticism of how this MIT study was conducted, its authors say they will redo their analysis. Uber chief economist Jonathan Hall gives his assessment of the "inconsistent logic" leading to an undercount of hourly earnings and "a major error" in the conclusions in this post.

Heath Hall, who became the Federal Railroad Administration's acting chief in June, resigned Saturday after a Politico report raised questions about whether he was simultaneously working another job.

NPR has confirmed the resignation with the Department of Transportation.

"DOT was unaware of the information that is being reported regarding outside work Heath Hall took on during his time at FRA, but those allegations, if true, are troubling," DOT said in a statement Saturday.

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET

At least two people were killed and at least 100 people were injured early Sunday morning when an Amtrak train derailed after colliding with a freight train in South Carolina.

The derailment happened in Cayce, outside of South Carolina's capital of Columbia.

Amtrak said a train going between New York and Miami "came in contact" with a CSX freight train at about 2:35 Sunday morning.

Gov. Scott Directs Efforts To Improve Disaster Evacuations

Feb 2, 2018
The News Service of Florida

From “dynamic” message signs along Interstate 75 to completing certain turnpike projects on time, Gov. Rick Scott called Friday for a series of improvements to help with disaster evacuations.

The directives, based in part on suggestions from the state Department of Transportation, came as lawmakers continue to review proposals aimed at addressing fallout from the evacuation of 6.5 million people ahead of Hurricane Irma. During the evacuation, motorists spent up to 12 hours on routes that typically are covered in six to seven hours.

All Aboard Florida

A Brightline train struck and killed a bicyclist in Boynton Beach on Wednesday afternoon, upping safety concerns in communities where the new high-speed railway travels.

It's the second time since service started last week that people have been hit and killed. In both cases, authorities say the people who died went around safety gates before being hit.

Courtesy: All Aboard Florida

The delayed launch of Brightline rail service linking South Florida’s major cities really is just around the bend.

Service between downtown Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach on the privately funded commuter rail line will begin the week of Jan. 8, the company said Thursday afternoon.

The exact day has yet to be announced. Nor has the company announced the cost of riding. That information will be coming “soon,” said a spokesman.

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