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Brightline
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Brightline started test-running trains in 2017. That route now runs from downtown Miami to West Palm Beach. 

Since then, more than 28 people have been struck and killed by Brightline trains. Federal Railroad Administration records go through the end of August. There have been more deaths this fall.

PEDRO PORTAL / Miami Herald

Failures in design, lack of adequate oversight and systematic negligence led to the fatal collapse of the Florida International University pedestrian bridge, federal investigators concluded nearly two years after the deadly incident.

MIAMI HERALD

Brightline hopes to buttress its train ridership by tapping into the cruise line industry and two of South Florida’s most prosperous cities. And it expects to more than double its annual ridership through the addition of stations at Boca Raton, Aventura and PortMiami.

“We believe the three new stations ... will contribute over 2 million incremental annual passengers once ridership at these stations ramps up and stabilizes,” according to the rail line’s latest financial filing.

Carl Juste / MIAMI HERALD

Miami-Dade may spend $76 million to build a train station near the Aventura Mall to serve the for-profit Virgin Trains USA rail service, using money for Metrorail and buses to create a new transit hub in one of the most congested areas along the coast.

ANTHONY MAN / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is likely to reopen at noon Tuesday, 24 hours after it closed because of Hurricane Dorian nearby in the Atlantic Ocean.

Broward Mayor Mark Bogen said Monday evening a final decision would be made, and announced, Tuesday morning. It depends on the hurricane continuing on its current path away from Broward County.

The airport closed at noon Monday, Bogen said earlier, because it was the anticipated start for possible tropical storm force winds caused by Dorian. At that point, the control tower would have suspended operations.

Associated Press

Updated on September 2, 2019 at 9:30 p.m.

Several hospitals in Palm Beach County have closed or limited access out of concern about storm conditions. 

JFK Medical Center closed both its Palm Beach Gardens and Boynton Beach emergency departments. Its main campus restricted visiting hours starting Monday afternoon. The hospital is still open to patients and fully operational during the storm. 

The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, and its clinics, are closed Tuesday. So are the VA Centers in Jupiter and Greenacres. 

WLRN

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. 

Miami Herald File

The Miami Beach city commission reviewed on Monday a possible plan to build a tax-funded transit system across Biscayne Bay connecting the city with Miami.

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.

NICK SWYTER / Miami Herald

Walking may be hazardous to your health. In Florida, the risk of fatality on foot is significantly higher than in any other state.

Nine of the 20 deadliest U.S. cities for pedestrians are in Florida, with Orlando ranked as least safe and the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolis ranked No. 14 in the 2019 “Dangerous By Design” report from Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition.

Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

During the peak of rush hour in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, anywhere between 1,500 and nearly 2,000 cars are driving up and down Andrews Avenue every hour. 

Add all that up and it looks like up to 22,000 cars travel that section of the city per day, according to data from the Florida Department of Transportation. 

One idea to speed things up is to convert Andrews Avenue and Third Avenue into one-way roads. 

 

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

When a group of developers wanted to build a new industrial complex on rural land just beyond Miami’s western suburbs in 2015, their zoning application to the county cited the prospect of traffic relief from a historic expansion of State Road 836 by the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority.

Las Olas Mobility Group
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Phrases like ‘iconic,’ ‘unique,’ and ‘world-class,’ floated around Fort Lauderdale’s City Hall Friday afternoon, as the official Las Olas Mobility group met to talk strategy. 

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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