07/21/14 - Ever wonder what it’s like to work a day in someone else’s shoes? On Monday’s Topical Currents we’ll find out! We begin our series "All in a Day’s Work." We’re looking at a day in the life of all kinds of workers that we know are out there, but generally take for granted and really don’t think about too much. We visit with Miami Dade Transit bus driver, Franklin Brown. From the training to his first time behind the big wheel-Mr. Brown will share his eighteen years of experience. It’s the first edition of “All in a Day’s Work” with bus driver Franklin Brown, on Topical Currents . . . Monday at 1pm.
There are about 8,000 bus stops throughout Miami-Dade County. But Miami-Dade Transit is only responsible for 3,300 -- municipalities are responsible for the approximately 5,000 that fall within city limits. Of the bus stops in unincorporated Miami-Dade, only about a third have a shelter.
Albert Hernandez is assistant director for the Division of Engineering, Planning and Development at Miami-Dade Transit.
He says the lack of shelters is apparently not due to money.
Downtown Fort Lauderdale has a new fuel-efficient and cheaper bus. It's got bigger windows and is boxier -- and it's painted like a trolley.
The older trolley buses in Fort Lauderdale weren't up to date on things like handicap access regulations and fuel-efficiency costs. Fort Lauderdale commissioners should be accepting a federal grant today to pay for the trolley-style buses.
Broward transit began installing a $12.6-million bus-locating software on Monday. The application will help Broward residents who take the bus keep track of where their ride is.
"The app will give them real-time schedule information so wherever they are; whether they’re at a bus stop or at home, or shopping," said Broward Transit spokeswoman Doris Williams. "They can put in the bus stop number and the application will let them see the real-time information of when their bus will arrive at the stop."
Commuter Mary Hammett rides a transport module that zips down what many call “I-95.” It moves faster than most cars. Hammett relaxes in the back and pulls out her iPhone, which automatically logs in to the module’s WiFi network.
She taps open the Pandora app and gives the James Fortune station a thumbs up -- a 'like' button on the little screen. As Hammett travels to her downtown Miami office, it's all smooth sailing and silky gospel vocals.