public transportation http://wlrn.org en Listen: 5 Things Wrong With South Florida Bus Stops http://wlrn.org/post/listen-5-things-wrong-south-florida-bus-stops <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For our What's the Story? project,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wlrnwhatsthestory.tumblr.com/post/87941066412/you-voted-and-by-an-overwhelming-majority-the" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">a listener asked us</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">:</span></p><blockquote><p>Why doesn't every bus stop have a shelter?</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:56:40 +0000 Maria Murriel & Elaine Chen 34540 at http://wlrn.org Listen: 5 Things Wrong With South Florida Bus Stops Metrorail Will Celebrate 30th Anniversary May 20 http://wlrn.org/post/metrorail-will-celebrate-30th-anniversary-may-20 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday, May 20, </span>Miami-Dade<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Transit will host a party to celebrate the 30th&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">anniversary of the </span>Metrorail<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The party, open to </span>Metrorail<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> riders, will take place at the Government Center station downtown and will include music, giveaways and raffles.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 17:46:35 +0000 Selima Hussain 32198 at http://wlrn.org Metrorail Will Celebrate 30th Anniversary May 20 Planners Reveal The Pricetag On Light Rail From Miami To The Beach http://wlrn.org/post/planners-reveal-pricetag-light-rail-miami-beach <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The numbers are in. The estimated cost of building a light rail line from mainland Miami to the beach is $532 million. And three key players are lining up in support of the proposal.</span></p><p>The mayors of Miami-Dade County, the city of Miami and the city of Miami Beach are backing the proposal to build a light rail line along the MacArthur Causeway.</p><p>Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has said previously that if traffic between Miami and Miami Beach gets worse it will kill the tourism industry.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:08:43 +0000 Arianna Prothero 30254 at http://wlrn.org Planners Reveal The Pricetag On Light Rail From Miami To The Beach How Miami's Cute New Trolleys Led To A Civil-Rights Investigation http://wlrn.org/post/how-miamis-cute-new-trolleys-led-civil-rights-investigation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In recent years, snazzy trolleys painted like </span>old-timey<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> street cars have been rolling on Miami-Dade streets.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They're free to ride and hit hotspots from Miami’s Midtown to Coral Gables. </span></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 22:13:27 +0000 Arianna Prothero 30130 at http://wlrn.org How Miami's Cute New Trolleys Led To A Civil-Rights Investigation West Grove Trolley Garage Unearths Vulnerabilities Of Low-Income Neighborhoods http://wlrn.org/post/west-grove-trolley-garage-unearths-vulnerabilities-low-income-neighborhoods <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Miami’s West Grove residents, unhappy a trolley garage servicing Coral Gables was built in their neighborhood, may soon be able to claim a small victory. After a series of legal battles <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/how-miamis-cute-new-trolleys-led-civil-rights-investigation" target="_blank">including a civil-rights investigation</a>, Coral Gables and the garage's developer are now looking to pull out of the West Grove. </span></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:35:35 +0000 Arianna Prothero 30056 at http://wlrn.org West Grove Trolley Garage Unearths Vulnerabilities Of Low-Income Neighborhoods More Cheeks On Seats Of South Florida's Public Transit http://wlrn.org/post/more-cheeks-seats-south-floridas-public-transit <p></p><p>A new <strong><a href="http://www.apta.com/mediacenter/pressreleases/2014/Pages/140310_Ridership.aspx" target="_blank">ridership report</a></strong> from the <strong><a href="http://www.apta.com/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">American Public Transportation Association</a></strong> says overall, more people are using public transportation in South Florida than last year, specifically in Miami, West Palm Beach, and Pompano Beach.</p><p>In Miami, bus and MetroMover numbers were up from last year. Way up was the MetroRail ridership, which increased by 10 percent.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:56:36 +0000 Wilson Sayre 29106 at http://wlrn.org More Cheeks On Seats Of South Florida's Public Transit 'Honorable' Or 'Honorably'? Difference Keeps Disabled Miami Veteran Off The Bus http://wlrn.org/post/honorable-or-honorably-difference-keeps-disabled-miami-veteran-bus <p>A U.S. Army veteran from Miami-Dade County has been told he's not "honorable" enough to qualify for a veteran's transit pass and he's filed a lawsuit against the county transit agency.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's a dispute over words and how the military grades soldiers as they return to civilian life. But a benefit hanging in the balance could potentially make a big difference in the lives of low-income veterans.</span></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 02:05:45 +0000 Rick Stone 26205 at http://wlrn.org 'Honorable' Or 'Honorably'? Difference Keeps Disabled Miami Veteran Off The Bus Homestead Launches Free National Parks Trolley http://wlrn.org/post/homestead-launches-free-national-parks-trolley <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:17:44 +0000 Jessica Meszaros 26058 at http://wlrn.org Homestead Launches Free National Parks Trolley Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine Responds To Your Ideas http://wlrn.org/post/miami-beach-mayor-philip-levine-responds-your-ideas <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For our&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/what-south-floridians-would-do-help-their-cities" style="line-height: 1.5;">If I Were Mayor project</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we asked what you would do if you were in charge of your town. Now, after the elections, we’re taking your ideas to the mayors. I&nbsp;spoke to Philip Levine, who was sworn in as the new mayor of Miami Beach Monday, Nov. 25.</span></p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 21:58:02 +0000 Elaine Chen 24165 at http://wlrn.org Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine Responds To Your Ideas It's That Time Again: Thousands Of Critical Mass Cyclists Take To The Streets http://wlrn.org/post/its-time-again-thousands-critical-mass-cyclists-take-streets-1 <p style="margin: 0in 0in 11.25pt; line-height: 16.5pt; vertical-align: baseline; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 15px;">If you're driving through the center of Miami tonight, you need to take a close look at the map below.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Arianna Prothero 22626 at http://wlrn.org It's That Time Again: Thousands Of Critical Mass Cyclists Take To The Streets How Miami-Dade's Dreams Of Light Rail Look A Lot Like Its Past http://wlrn.org/post/how-miami-dades-dreams-light-rail-look-lot-its-past <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Once again, Miami-Dade County is studying whether a light-rail train from mainland Miami to the beach would actually work.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mayor Carlos </span>Gimenez<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the county&rsquo;s metropolitan planning organization think it could be a solution to the traffic problems of South Beach. If traffic gets worse, </span>Gimenez<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has said it will &ldquo;kill the tourism industry.&rdquo; &nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>A History Of Light Rail</strong></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Arianna Prothero 21530 at http://wlrn.org How Miami-Dade's Dreams Of Light Rail Look A Lot Like Its Past Why Miami-Dade County Is Raising Transit Fares http://wlrn.org/post/why-miami-dade-county-raising-transit-fares <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-07244ee6-4dc2-838c-96a2-ae7ae39c3b4f"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Miami-Dade bus and Metrorail commuters will soon have to pay 25 cents more to catch a ride. </span></span></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 15:48:45 +0000 Rachel Morello 21069 at http://wlrn.org Why Miami-Dade County Is Raising Transit Fares County Sees Ripple Effect From New Fort Lauderdale Streetcar http://wlrn.org/post/county-sees-ripple-effect-new-fort-lauderdale-streetcar <p>More than four years ago, when Congress passed the Obama stimulus, nobody in Fort Lauderdale would have imagined that a ripple effect from the legislation might become a "Wave" for Broward County commuters and businesses.</p><p>"This is the beginning," said Diana Alarcon,&nbsp;director of the city's transportation and mobility department, smiling as she described the new <a href="http://wavestreetcar.com/project_benefits" target="_blank">Wave streetcar project</a> for downtown Fort Lauderdale during a recent public workshop in Oakland Park.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 17:24:27 +0000 Daniel Hicks 13034 at http://wlrn.org County Sees Ripple Effect From New Fort Lauderdale Streetcar Why Hasn't Florida Banned Texting And Driving? http://wlrn.org/post/why-hasnt-florida-banned-texting-and-driving <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Steve </span>Augello<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> lives in Spring Hill Florida, just outside of Tampa. Like a lot of dads, he always made his 17-year-old daughter, Alessandra, check-in with him when she was out. </span>Augello<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> also had a rule.</span></p><p>“You weren’t allowed to have that cell phone out while you’re driving,” Augello remembers telling Alessandra. “I even tested her a few times I called her when she was driving and it always went right through to the recorder.”</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 21:11:00 +0000 Arianna Prothero 10925 at http://wlrn.org Why Hasn't Florida Banned Texting And Driving? How A Fake Train Station Could Improve Public Transportation In Miami http://wlrn.org/post/how-fake-train-station-could-improve-public-transportation-miami <p></p><p></p><p>Over the weekend, public transit advocates in Miami <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/transit-station-design-district-pop-purple-line-miami-makes-it-so">built a temporary train station </a>along an imaginary transit line. They called it the Purple Line, sticking with the theme of Miami’s other two commuter rail lines, the Orange and the Green. Organizers of the project say this mock train station is going to help improve public transit in the city.</p><p></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Arianna Prothero 10628 at http://wlrn.org How A Fake Train Station Could Improve Public Transportation In Miami