public transportation

In Miami-Dade County, there are more than two million registered vehicles. Motorists will cover roughly 30,000 miles in a day countywide. But those numbers are meaningless if you're stuck on I-95 or any of the connected thoroughfares throughout south Florida. Basically, there just seems to be more and more cars on the road every year. What if you could take public transit to work and back? Would you? Today (Friday, December 9th) is Public Transit Day. It's an idea that came from a public...

Katie Lepri / WLRN

Do you take public transportation regularly? If not, what would make you want to use it?

When Patricia Gentile was settling in as the new president of North Shore Community College in Massachusetts — about twenty miles north of Boston — she remembers looking out her window and seeing something strange. "All of these cars rolling up, and tons of folks getting in and out," Gentile says, thinking about that January day a couple years ago. "So I asked my assistant, 'What's going on down there?' " Turns out that's where students were picked up and dropped off, but Gentile wondered why...

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

What happens when you get a group of WLRN listeners together to ride public transit and experience art? They arrive early to an 8 a.m. event. We rode around the Omni Loop of the Metromover to experience Ivan Depeña's new art project "The Sounds," which uses the tram to whisk you through a growing sound composition that builds to a crescendo at Museum Park Station. Read more about the project here . If you're interested in experiencing the project yourself, download the app here and tell us...

the Miami Herald

A better bus system is coming to South Miami-Dade. But according to a group of South-Dade leaders, it’s too little too late. Homestead, Palmetto Bay and a few other cities have joined forces to revolt against the bus system in favor of a light-rail system. They’ve drafted an agreement requiring county transportation officials to persuade the Metropolitan Planning Organization to fund a study on light-rail. We recently spoke with the mayor of Palmetto Bay, Eugene Flinn, about what forced these...

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

Key West has one of the nation's highest rates of commuting by bicycle. But it also regularly leads the state in bicycle and pedestrian fatalities for small cities. Now the island has embarked on a new effort to make cycling and walking safer, as well as encourage the use of public transit. Those efforts were bolstered Friday with the award of Bike Florida 's first-ever Share The Road Challenge Grant. "It's important for Key West to promote bicycling and walking, and to do so safely," said...

PATRICK FARRELL / Miami Herald

Criticism of Miami-Dade's public bus system can now be quantified -- in 27,000 complaints. According to a Miami Herald investigation that analyzed the high volume of complaints spanning the last 18 months, the most common question bus riders ask themselves is "Where's my bus?" Other common infractions: Rude drivers, overcrowded routes and dirty busses. Really dirty -- roach-level dirty. Complaints of roaches on buses was another common complaint in the Herald’s investigation #FloridaRoundup...

Chabeli Herrera

How South Florida gets around, or doesn't, is increasingly a matter of public debate. Climbing commuting times, more tolls and long-promised but never delivered public transportation projects like BayLink are pushing our collective patience. It costs commuters money and costs the economy lost productivity. As the region has grown across political boundaries, transportation planning has not kept pace. In South Florida, there are two Florida Department of Transportation districts and three...

Pedro Portal - El Nuevo Herald Staff

A planned Tri-Rail station in downtown Miami came one step closer to fruition on Tuesday, when the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve $13.9 million in funding for the project. The grant will help fund the construction of two Tri-Rail platforms at All Aboard Florida’s MiamiCentral complex , currently under construction by the Government Center. The complex will also host All Aboard Florida’s passenger trains to Orlando, as well as restaurants, stores,...

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Over the past month, the commuter rail service Tri-Rail has been plagued with delays, including a number of fatal collisions with cars and pedestrians, and mechanical breakdowns. This has resulted in an on-time rate of about 58 percent, a far cry from the 90-percent-rate industry standard Tri-Rail strives for. The delays are in part due to a long-anticipated takeover of operations of the train’s rail corridor. The freight railroad company CSX Transportation had been in charge of track...

Junette Reyes / WLRN

The future of Miami-Dade’s transportation system was the topic of the 2015 Transportation Summit, held at the Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus Chapman Conference Center today. County officials and residents gathered to pinpoint problems and brainstorm solutions. Esmond Scott is director of public works in the City of North Miami Beach. Scott says the issue with the area’s transportation system is elementary. The infrastructure on which it was built has become obsolete because of population...

Carl Juste / Miami Herald

Rockale ‘Rocky’ Wiggins has never been able to talk, but that hasn’t prevented him from communicating with those around him with his massive, infectious smile. At dinner, he couples the smile with raucous laughter that at times poses a challenge for the mashed potatoes and green beans trying to go down. “You can’t stop him for laughing for nothing,” says Sharon Milton, Wiggins’ guardian and aunt. “Even during the middle of the night he gets to laughing. Even last night about 11 o’clock, I...

Miami River Art Fair

If you want to dip a timid toe in the sexy international art scene without getting sucked into the whirlpool Art Basel creates, the solution is right here in river city. The Miami River Art Fair is in its third year and beginning to make a splash. Organizers must have been thinking big when they dubbed their Art Basel satellite location “the Manhattan of Miami”. The hubris is understandable: see the resemblance in the photo - big buildings with pretty lights on the water? Symbolism....

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The people in charge of Tri-Rail say they want to take the guessing game out of train arrivals and departures. So they plan to totally revamp the commuter rail's passenger information system. Tri-Rail officials admit the system they use to inform their passengers about train statuses and delays is woefully out of date. And younger riders accustomed to social media and up-to-the-minute alerts are driving the need for more real-time information. So Tri-Rail will spend about $5 million on new...

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Broward County will increase its bus with about half of those hikes starting in November and the rest kicking off in October 2015. The challenge in changing public transportation fares is that increases tend to disproportionately affect minorities and the poor. In a 36-page document put out by Broward County Transit, who uses each type of bus fare -- regular one-way, 31-day pass, reduced senior-disabled, etc. -- is broken down by race and income. These numbers dictated how much the various...

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