transportation

Illustrator: Anuj Shrestha / Topos Graphics / Publisher Jai Alai Books

South Florida consistently ranks among the worst metropolitan areas nationwide for traffic and congestion. On average, Miamians spend 100 hours a year stuck in gridlock. And as our public transportation system consistently has issues with reliability and usage, we all know how difficult it can be to get around here. 

If you often hit that midafternoon slump and feel drowsy at your desk, you're not alone. The number of working Americans who get less than seven hours of sleep a night is on the rise.

And the people hardest hit when it comes to sleep deprivation are those we depend on the most for our health and safety: police and health care workers, along with those in the transportation field, such as truck drivers.

‘Screaming Something Was Wrong’: Feds Fault FIU, State And Contractors For Deadly Bridge Collapse

Oct 23, 2019
PEDRO PORTAL / MIAMI HERALD

During a hearing Tuesday on last year’s deadly Florida International University pedestrian footbridge collapse, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the bridge’s “catastrophic failure” stemmed from a flawed design with “significant errors.”

Top State Engineer Blames FIU And Contractor For Road Staying Open Before Deadly Bridge Collapse

Oct 9, 2019
PEDRO PORTAL / MIAMI HERALD

The busy highway under Florida International University’s pedestrian bridge, which crumbled in March 2018 and killed six people, should have been closed while crews were trying to repair cracks in a critical support strut, a top engineer with Florida’s Department of Transportation told federal investigators.

In a letter to the National Transportation Safety Board released on Tuesday, Will Watts, the chief engineer for FDOT, wrote that FIU and its contractor were responsible for asking the state to close Tamiami Trail — but never did.

Sebastián Ballestas / Miami Herald

The fight over the future of the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority just hit another roadblock. On Monday night, attorney's for the Florida Department of Transportation asked an appeals court to dismiss a constitutional challenge to a new law that would dissolve the MDX. 

Ryan Dailey / WFSU

The future of the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority remains unclear after a recent ruling by a Leon County Judge that the legislation ordering its dissolution violated the “home rule” in the state’s constitution. Now there's a fight between state lawmakers and the current head of the MDX, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, over whether members of the county should maintain control.  

Flagler Greenway
Courtesy of the City of Fort Lauderdale / WLRN

Florida House Asks Judge To Reconsider Ruling About Disolution Of MDX

Sep 19, 2019
C.M. Guerrero / El Nuevo Herald

The Florida House of Representatives is asking a circuit judge to reconsider a decision rejecting a new state law that would abolish a toll-road authority in Miami-Dade County and replace it with another agency.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Two people were killed in a small plane crash off Marathon Sunday morning, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

The 1961 Cessna 210 Centurion crashed into the water near Rachel Key, a small island off Marathon's gulf side.

The two people, whose identities have not been released, are believed to be the only two on board the plane, according to the sheriff's office.

Judge Throws Out Law That Abolishes Miami-Dade Expressway Authority

Aug 9, 2019
Miami Herald Archive

Florida lawmakers violated a home-rule provision in the state Constitution by abolishing a toll-road authority in Miami-Dade County and replacing it with another agency during this year’s legislative session, a Leon County circuit judge ruled.

Aaron Sánchez-Guerra / WLRN

In the weeks before the start of the 2019-2020 academic  year, the department of transportation of Miami-Dade County Public Schools has been testing new features to increase the safety and reliability of their bus fleet. 

Transportation employees demonstrated on Friday morning a pilot GPS tracking program that provides real-time locations, routes, and estimated time of arrival for all county school buses. The data is also shared with county police.

Monorail system
Courtesy of Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) / WLRN

Brightline and Tri-Rail take South Floridians across the region. Now a monorail plan is in the works.

Broward and Miami-Dade County transit officials are proposing a single track that would run along Northwest 27th Avenue in Miami — connecting the Hard Rock Stadium up to an area of college campuses in Broward. A penny sales tax that Broward voters approved last November would, in part, fund the project.

Miami Herald archives

There's a new wrinkle in the ongoing debate over whether to build a highway across protected wetlands in Miami-Dade County: an iffy savings on commute times.

Yercombe / flickr

Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to put electric car charging stations at every service plaza along Florida’s Turnpike.

He made the announcement Wednesday in Central Florida.

Construction is scheduled to begin by the end of the year. Currently three turnpike service plazas offer charging stations, including Turkey Lake in Central Florida.

But the governor says he wants electric car charging stations statewide.

“The goal is as you see what we’re doing on the turnpike, now we want to be able to have similar fast-charging stations across all of Florida’s major highways.”

Potential Brightline Stop In Boca Raton Inches Forward

Jul 22, 2019
Sun Sentinel file

People living in south Palm Beach County may one day be able to catch an express train to Miami in Boca Raton, saving them the drive to West Palm Beach or Fort Lauderdale.

That’s if Brightline officials choose Boca as the location for the train line’s next stop. Officials continue those talks this week.

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