Public Transit

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Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber chided Miami-Dade leaders on Wednesday for a rushed vote on a two-month-old proposal by casino giant Genting to start a county bidding process for a monorail linking the resort city to downtown Miami.

In a letter, Gelber asked Miami-Dade commission chairwoman Audrey Edmonson to delay Wednesday’s vote to give the city time to analyze the proposal and let the county finish a tax-funded study by the Parsons engineering firm of the “baylink” commuting route.

Sierra Club
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

"Veto! Veto! Veto!"

A group of about two dozen protesters chanted in front of the Tri-Rail station in Hollywood Tuesday. Together, they represented a handful of environmental groups that have been writing letters and calling Gov. Ron DeSantis's office, asking him to veto two bills on his desk.

Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority Battle Speeds Into Court

May 9, 2019
Miami Herald

A circuit judge has scheduled a hearing Friday in a lawsuit quickly filed by the Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority after lawmakers passed a bill that would eliminate the authority and transfer its responsibilities to a new agency.

The authority filed the lawsuit Sunday in Leon County circuit court, two days after the Legislature gave final approval to the bill, which drew heavy debate from Miami-Dade lawmakers. While the bill has not formally been sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis, the authority is asking Circuit Judge John Cooper to block it.

Madeline Fox / WLRN

Palm Beach County is betting on buses – and WLRN decided to try out some of the upgrades. 

We rode county buses from Lake Worth to Delray Beach, where county dignitaries and PalmTran employees stuck their gold shovels in dirt Tuesday to mark the start of a year-plus project to build an expanded headquarters from which the county hopes to launch a next-generation fleet of buses.

Bus Tropical
Katie Lepri / WLRN

Robert Rutherford is behind the wheel at least five days a week, which means that inspiration for a story can hit him at any bus stop.  

The Wilton Manors native is a driver for Broward County Transit and also the author of a blog that documents what he sees in his drives across the county. 

The blog is called Bus Tropical. It's a play-on-words for a subtropical climate (bus spelled backwards is sub).  

Azhar Chougle / Courtesy

The non-profit Transit Alliance wants to improve the "big colorful spaghetti ball" they call Miami-Dade County's bus system. 

Transit Alliance released a "Mobility Scorecard" in October, grading the health and performance of the county's public transportation system. Every sector of transit, including bus, trolleys and Metrorail received a failing grades. Now, the organization is working toward solutions.

C.M. Guerrero / El Nuevo Herald

Grades are in for transportation in Miami-Dade County, and from this particular set of evaluators, they’re abysmal.

C.M. Guerrero / El Nuevo Herald

South Floridians complain a lot about traffic. Jammed expressways, reckless drivers and unreliable public transportation contribute to a perennial dissatisfaction about the state of the region’s roadways – which sometimes not even the best Waze-like app can mitigate.

 

“Traveling from South Dade to North Broward is a pain on I-95. The lanes are so narrow, it feels downright dangerous,” says Jeziel Garcia, who lives in Parkland.

Sam Turken / WLRN

Tampa's mayor visited Miami Thursday to learn more about a rail system that could potentially add a new transportation link between Florida's three largest cities. 

Mayor Bob Buckhorn toured the Brightline station in Miami with Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez before test-riding a train to Fort Lauderdale. Buckhorn wanted to see how the railway operates as Brightline works to expand its service into the Tampa Bay area. 

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Miami-Dade’s increasingly heated debate over how to reconcile broken transit pledges will be moving to court, with a Coral Gables commissioner suing the county and its mayor over using a voter-approved transportation tax to subsidize existing transit rather than expand it.

Sam Turken / WLRN

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and other officials rode an express bus along the South Dade Transitway Corridor on Tuesday morning to test new smart traffic priority signals meant to speed up public and private transit throughout the county. 

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Traffic, sea-level rise and the Everglades are colliding after Miami-Dade commissioners voted Wednesday to advance a potential expressway extension to state regulators.

The proposal to extend State Road 836 aims to reduce traffic for commuters in the West Kendall area. Driving the 20 or so miles to downtown Miami during rush hour can take an hour and a half -- or more.

And just like that, they were gone.

Mere weeks after blanketing the City of Miami with electronic scooters, two major scooter providers are temporarily pulling out after the city attorneys issued cease and desist letters stating they were in violation of Florida statutes.

“Until there is clear direction from the Commission on how to move forward, we must enforce existing laws,” said City of Miami spokesman Eugene Ramirez in an email. A discussion regarding electric scooters is on the agenda for the June 28th Commission meeting, he said.

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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.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

Critics of a Miami-Dade proposal to extend State Road 836 beyond the county's urban development boundary say constructing new highways in South Florida is an outdated solution to traffic problems.

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