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Hialeah Representative Bryan Avila filed a bill for the second year in a row that would repeal the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, reorganize the local Transportation Planning Organization, and require all toll revenue collected in the county to be spent in the county.

Florida lawmakers will gather March 5 in the House chamber to hear Gov. Ron DeSantis give his first State of the State address, the traditional start of the 60-day legislative session.

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Many Miami commuters will likely see a change in their route in the near future. 

A massive, $800 million, four-year construction project began Monday, Jan 14, that will affect Interstate-95, Interstate-395 and State Road 836 in downtown Miami. 

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In a 4-1 vote last week, the City of Miami Commission decided to increase parking rates across the city, a move which will bring an estimated $10 million extra in annual revenue.

But city residents will be able to pay a flat citywide rate of $1.40 -- which is in some cases cheaper than current rates -- on the condition that they register their cars with the city through the PayByPhone app. The app is owned by Volkswagen, the world’s largest car manufacturer.

Rail Line From Orlando To Tampa Gets Boost

Nov 28, 2018
CHARLES TRAINOR JR. CTRAINOR@MIAMIHERALD.COM

Brightline got the green light Wednesday from the state to negotiate for land to add high-speed passenger rail service from Orlando to Tampa --- a link envisioned to eventually connect with Brightline’s existing service in South Florida.

The Florida Department of Transportation’s procurement office approved an application from Brightline, giving it 90 days to work out terms with the Central Florida Expressway Authority to build the train service along Interstate 4.

The I-word is popping up again in Washington D.C.: infrastructure.

It's one of the few issues on which President Trump and Democrats in Congress might be able to agree. Both sides say they're willing to work together on a plan to rebuild the nation's roads, bridges, transit and water systems.

"It really could be a beautiful bipartisan type of situation," Trump said in his news conference last Wednesday. While he was combative on a lot of issues, this wasn't one of them: "We have a lot of things in common on infrastructure," he added.

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.

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.

Plan To Extend 836 Expressway Headed To Court

Oct 30, 2018
Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

A proposed extension of the 836 expressway in Miami-Dade County is headed to court.

On Monday, two environmental groups each filed lawsuits over plans to extend the expressway 14 miles south into the Kendall area.

 

Read more: Does Miami-Dade's 836 Expressway Proposal Fit Into The Regional Climate Plan?

 

Kate Stein / WLRN

A coalition of southeast Florida counties is leading the state in responding to vulnerabilities caused by climate change and sea-level rise, according to state environmental leaders.

On Thursday, officials and planners who represent Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties met at the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit to discuss progress on issues linked to climate change. Noah Valenstein, the secretary of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection, thanked the more than 300 people gathered.

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. 

Fort Lauderdale Forum
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Voters in Broward County must decide on a one percent sales tax increase to fund transportation improvements. If it passes, the tax will last for 30 years. 

With early voting already underway, the civics group Fort Lauderdale Forum organized a panel of speakers Wednesday morning to hold a public information session about the tax increase - to a crowd of about 30 people.

screenshot: Pennyfortransportation.com / Broward County

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.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

Call it much-needed traffic relief for Kendall residents or the "Everglades Snakeway" -- but it's on its way to completion.

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