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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...

Listen: 5 Things Wrong With South Florida Bus Stops

Jun 25, 2014
Vera Arias

For our What's the Story? project, a listener asked us : Why doesn't every bus stop have a shelter? And while working to answer that question , we asked our audience what their worst experiences were while waiting for buses in South Florida. We came up with the five things wrong with bus stops in our area. Listen:

Metrorail Will Celebrate 30th Anniversary May 20

May 13, 2014
The Miami Herald

On Tuesday, May 20, Miami-Dade Transit will host a party to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Metrorail . The party, open to Metrorail riders, will take place at the Government Center station downtown and will include music, giveaways and raffles. The Metrorail first opened on May 20, 1984. While it has gained much success over the years, it hasn't exactly blossomed into the expansive, 52-54 mile mass-transit system county officials predicted it would. The Metrorail has grown 14 miles...

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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. 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. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has said previously that if traffic between Miami and Miami Beach gets worse it will kill the tourism industry. RELATED:...

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In recent years, snazzy trolleys painted like old-timey street cars have been rolling on Miami-Dade streets. They're free to ride and hit hotspots from Miami’s Midtown to Coral Gables. But what's gotten the county, and some of its cities, in trouble with the federal government is where the trolleys don’t go: the West Grove, a predominately black neighborhood in the city of Miami. The Miami Herald’s Jenny Staletovich has written extensively about this ongoing issue. Here's an excerpt from an...

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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 including a civil-rights investigation , Coral Gables and the garage's developer are now looking to pull out of the West Grove. But even as the stakeholders work to resolve this drawn-out debacle, the West Grove could remain vulnerable to unwanted development. Blame zoning laws, real estate demand -- and...

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A new ridership report from the American Public Transportation Association says overall, more people are using public transportation in South Florida than last year, specifically in Miami, West Palm Beach, and Pompano Beach. In Miami, bus and MetroMover numbers were up from last year. Way up was the MetroRail ridership, which increased by 10 percent. Another big bump was in Pompano Beach, which may seem like an unusual member of this party. Tri-rail is based in Pompano, and the study looked...

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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. 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. Raymond Rivera qualified for an honorable discharge after his first four-year Army enlistment. Had he...

Homestead Launches Free National Parks Trolley

Jan 6, 2014
Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

About a year ago, the city of Homestead was designated "The Gateway To Biscayne and Everglades National Parks." This past weekend the city launched its first free, guided trolley ride into the parks, which the city hopes will see more local visitors with the start of the new service. From January through April, weekend trolleys are scheduled to depart from Losner Park in Downtown Homestead to Biscayne and Everglades National Parks. But on the trolley's first day there was a change of plans...

For our If I Were Mayor project , 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 spoke to Philip Levine, who was sworn in as the new mayor of Miami Beach Monday, Nov. 25. This is Levine's first time in elected office; he is the CEO of a multi-million dollar cruise ship media business. Here are highlights from that interview: Q: The position of Miami Beach mayor pays $10,000 a year. You have no veto power, no...

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If you're driving through the center of Miami tonight, you need to take a close look at the map below. The monthly group bike ride called Critical Mass is taking place again. Cyclists (many in costume for Halloween) will be riding 12.5 miles around Miami starting at Government Center and ending at Grand Central Park. The Miami event usually draws a couple thousand cyclists and can back up traffic. The route also changes every month. Cyclists joining in Fort Lauderdale's Critical Mass have a...

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Once again, Miami-Dade County is studying whether a light-rail train from mainland Miami to the beach would actually work. Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the countys metropolitan planning organization think it could be a solution to the traffic problems of South Beach. If traffic gets worse, Gimenez has said it will kill the tourism industry. A History Of Light Rail But if you lived in Miami between 1925 and 1935 , you may be experiencing a feeling of d éjà vu. Back then, Miami-Dade actually used...

Why Miami-Dade County Is Raising Transit Fares

Sep 24, 2013
Rachel Morello

Miami-Dade bus and Metrorail commuters will soon have to pay 25 cents more to catch a ride. The county transit system is increasing its fares for the first time in five years to help offset operating costs. The fare for a one-way trip on Metrobus or Metrorail is increasing from $2 to $2.25, effective October 1. The Metromover will remain free for all users. Waiting at the Omni bus station in downtown Miami, rider Jason Nicholson, 31, of South Beach, called the bus his "long-distance car.” He...

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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. "This is the beginning," said Diana Alarcon, director of the city's transportation and mobility department, smiling as she described the new Wave streetcar project for downtown Fort Lauderdale during a recent public workshop in Oakland Park. The city's vision for a streetcar...

Why Hasn't Florida Banned Texting And Driving?

Mar 28, 2013
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Steve Augello 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. Augello also had a rule. “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.” On November 10 th , 2008, Alessandra called her dad around 7 PM...

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