public transportation

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Broward’s new transportation tax could help Miami-Dade finally build a rail line north to Miami Gardens, with both counties interested in selecting a single company to build a transit link running from Miami to Fort Lauderdale.

The chairman and top executives of BYD, the Chinese company pursuing a four-mile county monorail line over the MacArthur Causeway to South Beach, met last week with a delegation of elected office holders from Broward and Miami-Dade on a joint tour of transit options in China and Japan.

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Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber want companies to bid for the chance to build a monorail connecting their two cities.

The Miami-Dade County Commission voted on Monday to move forward with the bidding process for the project; there’s now a six-month bidding process. That comes after Malaysian gambling company Genting submitted an unsolicited proposal two months ago to build the monorail. 

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On July 3, the town of Jupiter cautioned on Facebook that its offer for free Uber rides this Fourth of July weekend would only be available on a “first come, first serve basis” and could sell out quickly.

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Getting older is not easy. Yet aging in South Florida brings its own challenges, including affordable housing, new technology, transportation, and specific issues that LGBTQ seniors face — like discrimination in nursing homes.

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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.  

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The Weston City Commission Monday night rejected a state plan to build a park-and-ride meant to improve mass transit service from southwest Broward County to Miami, amid mounting public disapproval of the project.

The unanimous vote against the project rescinds the commission’s previous support of the proposal for the $11.4 million park-and-ride lot off Interstate 75 near Weston’s entrance. Members of the commission cited in their decision residents’ concerns that the project is unnecessary and could increase crime in surrounding areas.

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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.

Sam Turken / WLRN

After deciding over the summer that adding a train system in South Dade is unnecessary, Miami-Dade County’s transportation board voted Thursday to approve a new train line to the north.

The proposed elevated train will run along Northwest 27th Avenue up to the Broward County line. Much uncertainty lingers as there's no timetable for the project. The county must still determine how to fund it and decide what form of an elevated train to add—the commissioners noted the train may not be like the Metrorail.

Linda Robertson

Cut-through traffic has gotten so bad in one formerly tranquil pocket of Coral Gables that a pickup truck barreling through the neighborhood lost control and rammed into a house, coming to a stop with its nose nudging into the living room. A black skid mark is still visible on the yellow pillar by the front door.

It has come to this in gridlocked Miami: Drivers desperately seeking shortcuts to avoid traffic jams are frightening and angering people who just want to jog, bike, chat or walk their dogs on their own neighborhood streets.

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Transportation has become the leading source of carbon emissions in the U.S., according to the latest data.  Trucks and SUVs account for 66 percent of those emissions. This is causing experts to rethink the role of public transportation in the region. 

On Wednesday, experts took part in a panel discussion at the Regional Climate Leadership Summit in Miami Beach. The group spoke about the benefit public transportation can have on the environmental issues South Florida faces. 

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If you are an average commuter in Broward County, it takes you a little less than half an hour to get to work. Or it may take you almost an hour. The difference is how you get to work.

The usual trip to work in Broward has been steady over the past several years -- running about 27 minutes according to data from the Census Bureau. But if you ride public transit in Broward County the average commute has climbed from 48 minutes in 2009 to 53 minutes in 2016.

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.

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Miami-Dade’s transportation board approved giving South Dade the county’s first rapid-transit bus system, rejecting demands that elected leaders stick with a 2002 promise to bring a costly Metrorail extension to the region.

Miami Herald

Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez emphasized on Thursday that the county cannot afford to extend the Metrorail south and should instead upgrade the South Dade busway. 

Gimenez joined Sundial to discuss how the county should address traffic and improve mass-transit in South Dade. The Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization deferred a vote on the matter at a meeting last month after no clear agreement was reached. 

Sam Turken / WLRN

South Miami-Dade residents will have to wait a little longer for the county to decide how it will improve the South Dade Transitway Corridor.  

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