Florida transportation

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Florida's Department of Transportation announced Thursday an immediate directive for more rail safety measures across the state as well as a new education initiative about rail safety called Operation STRIDE. 

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Broward and Miami-Dade transit planners are revving up a proposal for a monorail system that would whisk commuters between the two counties.

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A bit more time may be soon be added on to your Virgin train trip—but for a select number of cities, access will now be granted to the fastest train in the south.

In a recent filing, Virgin officials said they plan to announce up to three new stations before the end of the year in an effort to boost ridership. While the company is so far declining to name its new city stops, Hollywood may well be on the list.

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From the newly approved, record-breaking extension of the Suncoast Parkway to the future Naples-area toll road toward Interstate 4 near Orlando, tollways are multiplying in the Sunshine State.

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A new study looking at how much time people spend stuck in traffic links widespread economic inequality to a lack of access to public transportation.  

Hialeah Representative Bryan Avila filed a bill for the second year in a row that would repeal the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, reorganize the local Transportation Planning Organization, and require all toll revenue collected in the county to be spent in the county.

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A 2017 Florida Department of Safety and Motor Vehicles report found there were 66,000 vehicle crashes in Miami-Dade County that year, of which 32,000 were injuries and 285 were fatalities. That makes Miami-Dade County  among the most dangerous regions in the state when it comes to accidents. That year, South Florida also ranked the 11th most dangerous region for pedestrians in the country. 

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Many Miami commuters will likely see a change in their route in the near future. 

A massive, $800 million, four-year construction project began Monday, Jan 14, that will affect Interstate-95, Interstate-395 and State Road 836 in downtown Miami. 

Rail Line From Orlando To Tampa Gets Boost

Nov 28, 2018
CHARLES TRAINOR JR. CTRAINOR@MIAMIHERALD.COM

Brightline got the green light Wednesday from the state to negotiate for land to add high-speed passenger rail service from Orlando to Tampa --- a link envisioned to eventually connect with Brightline’s existing service in South Florida.

The Florida Department of Transportation’s procurement office approved an application from Brightline, giving it 90 days to work out terms with the Central Florida Expressway Authority to build the train service along Interstate 4.

Contractors that worked on the bridge near a Florida university that collapsed, killing six people, have been fined more than $86,000 for workplace violations.

Seven years ago, Florida Gov. Rick Scott killed a federally funded project to build a high-speed train between Tampa and Orlando.

Scott now supports the idea of a similar train route — fueled by private investment instead. And the governor and his wife have invested millions of dollars with a company that stands to profit off such a project, as first reported by the Miami Herald.

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Pressure is growing against the private company in charge of handling SunPass fees and millions of Floridians are facing major headaches with the toll system's billing.

Conduent State & Local Solutions, the company SunPass contracts for payment processing, has been experiencing technical problems since June. Thousands of SunPass customers have received inaccurate bills and some have even been double-billed.

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A man was killed Wednesday evening after he was hit by a Brightline train in Boynton Beach, according to police.

The man, who was not identified, was on the train track between East Gateway Boulevard and Miner Road when he was struck by a northbound train just before 6:30 p.m., the Boynton Beach police department tweeted.

The department said no roads were being impacted by the police investigation.

Extension Of 836 Expressway Into Kendall Wins Key Vote In Miami-Dade

Jun 20, 2018
MIAMI HERALD

Miami-Dade commissioners on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to extending the 836 expressway 14 miles into West Kendall, rejecting warnings about environmental damage and urban sprawl in favor of bringing relief to commuters in the congested suburbs.

Tim Padgett / WLRN

South Florida drivers have a certain reputation and driving fast is a big part of that. Last year, 798,000 people in Florida were pulled over for speeding. A little more than 136,000 people used some version of a traffic school to mask the points on their license so that insurance premiums don’t go up.

And now, I am a part of that; I was going 88 in a 70-mile-per-hour zone in St. Lucie County.

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