Miami Traffic Report, Better Bus Project, African American Museum In Virginia Key
A new study ranks Miami 12th-worst in traffic congestion compared to other cities across the country. According to the report “Stuck in Traffic,” from the Miami Urban Future Initiative, the average commuter loses 100 hours of time in gridlock on roadways each year. Florida International University professor Richard Florida and New York University professor Steven Pedigo are the co-authors of the report. Pedigo joined Sundial to break down the report's findings.
The local nonprofit Transit Alliance wants to improve Miami-Dade County's transportation system. This month they’ve launched the “Better Bus Project,” a community-driven initiative to redesign the county’s entire bus system. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has given the organization $250,000 to start the process. Azhar Chougle, the Director of Transit Alliance joined Sundial to explain the project and how the community can participate.
Virginia Key has long played an important role in South Florida’s civil right’s history. Under Miami’s segregated era, it was the only beach that blacks could go to and for the last decade there’s been a fight to place a museum on Virginia Key that shares this history. Later this week, the Miami City Commission will vote to whether or not release $20 million in funding to begin the construction of the museum. Guy Forchion, the Executive Director of the Virginia Key Beach Historical Society joined Sundial.