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The Miami-Dade County commissioners discuss on Wednesday the future of the 836 extension proposal. It’s a hotly debated topic, as traffic issues tend to be in South Florida. The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX), the organization behind the construction of the extension, argue it's necessary for alleviating congestion on major roadways from Kendall to Miami. But environmental groups are raising concerns that the freeway runs too close to the Urban Boundary Development line, established a few miles from the borders of Everglades National Park.

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Two candidates are vying to be the next Miami-Dade County District 5 Commissioner. Former commissioner Bruno Barreiro resigned the seat in March to run for Congress, leading to a special election last month.

Progressive Eileen Higgins took 35 percent of the May 22 primary, and Zoreida Barreiro, the wife of current commissioner Bruno Barreiro, was close behind with 33 percent. Higgins sat down with Sundial to discuss how she will tackle transit, sea level rise and affordable housing issues in Miami-Dade.

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The Miami-Dade County Commission District 5 seat has not been open for 20 years.

Former Commissioner Bruno Barreiro resigned earlier this year to run for Congress, causing the need for a special election. 

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Bus riders in Miami-Dade County are waiting longer for their buses to arrive than in years past. Depending on the route, waiting times range from 15-45 minutes. In some instances, buses aren't arriving at all. 

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Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez thinks that transportation woes in the region have gotten worse, but he thinks drivers have become more courteous.

Those two statements came at the beginning and at the end of an interview with the mayor focused on transportation in the region.

This is how we started our interview:

WLRN: Would you agree that transportation is in crisis in Miami-Dade County?

Gimenez: No. Does it need improvement? Yes, it does. Has it gotten worse? Yes, it has. 

And this is how it ended:

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Miami-Dade can’t afford to build more rail lines and should invest millions in transit dollars creating modernized express bus systems running north and south, Mayor Carlos Gimenez said Monday.

 

“I look at this as part of my job: Be realistic, bring us down to earth,” Gimenez told members of a county transportation board. “I know there’s going to be push back. I know there’s going to be a lot of people who have different ideas about what we should do. But we’ve been looking at this for some time. And these numbers are real.”

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Do you take public transportation regularly? If not, what would make you want to use it? 

Miami Dade Transit Wants More Millenials

Sep 29, 2016
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The Miami-Dade department of transportation has hired two organizations to whip up a campaign designed to attract new riders.

Alice Bravo, director of the transportation department, says she hopes the new marketing plan will attract more millennials to Miami’s public transit.

“The young, new millennials are, are I think are more predisposed to use public transportation. They don’t necessarily want to have a car. They see how they can save time, how they can save money.”

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What happens when you get a group of WLRN listeners together to ride public transit and experience art? They arrive early to an 8 a.m. event.

We rode around the Omni Loop of the Metromover to experience Ivan Depeña's new art project "The Sounds," which uses the tram to whisk you through a growing sound composition that builds to a crescendo at Museum Park Station.

Read more about the project here.

New route and schedule changes for Miami Dade buses will take effect starting this Sunday. Among the changes:  32 stops will have alterations to their current departure times and or pickup and drop off locations.

The new routes will also affect those who use the 95 express busses to reach downtown Miami via the Golden Glades stop in Broward.  

The Biscayne Boulevard and Brickell legs will no longer be in service with altering pickup locations at the Jackson Hospital stops for the morning and evening hours

 

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A better bus system is coming to South Miami-Dade. But according to a group of South-Dade leaders, it’s too little too late. Homestead, Palmetto Bay and a few other cities have joined forces to revolt against the bus system in favor of a light-rail system.

They’ve drafted an agreement requiring county transportation officials to persuade the Metropolitan Planning Organization to fund a study on light-rail.

We recently spoke with the mayor of Palmetto Bay, Eugene Flinn, about what forced these leaders to ban together.

Miami-Dade Transit Gets $40M Worth Of New Buses

Nov 9, 2015
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Miami-Dade Transit announced Monday the addition of 43 60-foot, diesel-electric buses to its existing metrobus fleet. Transit director Alice Bravo says the initial purchase of this fleet is close to $40 million, which means each bus costs over $900,000.

 

This addition comes on the heels of a Miami Herald investigation into mass transit in the county, published last week. It featured passengers’ complaints about bus schedules and overcrowding.

 

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Criticism of Miami-Dade's public bus system can now be quantified -- in 27,000 complaints. 

According to a Miami Herald investigation that analyzed the high volume of complaints spanning the last 18 months, the most common question bus riders ask themselves is "Where's my bus?"

Other common infractions: Rude drivers, overcrowded routes and dirty busses. Really dirty -- roach-level dirty. 

Graphic by Uber. Color darkened by WLRN for clarity.

As of Friday, Uber is no longer in business in Broward County, after the company called the county's regulations "onerous" this month.

County commissioners drafted a lawsuit stating Uber has not complied with the state's background check and insurance regulations.

Miami-Dade's new transit director, Alice Bravo, told Miami New Times she hopes Miami will move toward becoming "car-optional."