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Art Basel
3:21 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Traffic, Parking Among Complaints During Art Basel

Paintings by artist Jack Early greet visitors at the VIP opening of Art Basel at the Miami Beach Convention Center on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.
Credit Al Diaz / Miami Herald

    

Amid all the glowing reviews of Art Basel week, some art lovers also had complaints.

Getting to and from arts shows  was not always a pleasant experience for people who wanted to enjoy the exhibits and happenings this past week.

Parking in Miami Beach, Midtown and Wynwood - where most of the activities were taking place - was almost nonexistent past 5 p.m.

Lyng Ramirez of North Bay Village said she walked for blocks to her destination because  “parking is an issue.”

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Transportation
4:35 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Beefed Up Patrol On A1A To Quell Tensions Between Pedestrians, Drivers, Cyclists

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Drivers complain about cyclists taking over the road. Cyclists complain about drivers not sharing the road. Pedestrians are afraid of getting hit while crossing the road.

Palm Beach County's police department and the Florida Highway Patrol will be on the lookout this week to make sure everyone's following the rules.

It's the second time police take over to make sure everyone's behaving on the road. The first time around, police issued 148 warnings and 175 citations between Palm Beach and Hillsboro Beach.

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Transportation
11:55 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

PortMiami Tunnel Is Now Open To Drivers

A county vehicle makes its way through the westbound lanes of the PortMiami tunnel on Sunday.
Credit Carl Juste / Miami Herald

The PortMiami tunnel opened Sunday after months of delays.

Originally, the tunnel was to open to traffic starting in May-- an opening date which got pushed back to mid-July before the opening this weekend.

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Critical Mass
6:26 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Miami Police Department Addresses "Critical Mess" Biking Event

Ken Bureski is a regular rider at the monthly Critical Mass.
Constanza Gallardo WLRN

A monthly group bike ride in Miami may face police sanctions during its next event.

Critical Mass brings thousands of cyclists on the last Friday of every month as a way to promote safe cycling.

The Miami Police Department thinks riders are not following state laws and make the roads dangerous for both cyclists and vehicle drivers.  

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Smoke
2:49 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

A Strike Of Lightning Without Rain In Everglades Causes Dense Smoke, Health Warnings

A dense smoke advisory was in effect in South Florida until 10am on Monday. A state highway patrol officer said the fire began Sunday afternoon when lighting struck a conservation area in the Everglades.
Credit Sammy Mack

 

During smoky fires, officials encourage people to stay home. However, as a response to fire, birds tend to leave home.

Julie Hill-Gabriel, director of Everglades policy for Audubon Florida, said when birds see smoke, they take it as a signal to leave the area.

This can be potentially problematic this time of year. Hill-Gabriel explained now is an ideal time for birds to stay home and catch fish. If they leave because of fires, they miss out on the opportunity.

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Traffic
12:27 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Critical Mass Coincides With Game Six Of Heat Playoffs Tonight

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If you're driving through East Little Havana, West Miami, Flagami, West Flagler, West Little Havana, or downtown Miami Friday night, it's critical you take a look at the map below.

Starting at 6:30 p.m., hundreds of cyclists will gather at the Government Center downtown for Critical Mass in Miami, a group bike ride that happens in cities around the world on the final Friday of the month. The ride in Miami starts at 7:15 p.m.

Tomorrow is also Game Six of the NBA playoffs, which means traffic to see the Heat play the Pacers at the AmericanAirlines Arena will be dense.

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News
2:05 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Miami Beach Gets Ready For Urban Beach Week

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This Memorial Day Weekend, hordes of people are expected to flock to Miami Beach for Urban Beach Week. 

Apart from an enthusiastic crowd and a fun time, this means traffic.

But fear not. Police have employed a traffic and safety plan that will go into effect starting Friday at 7 a.m. until Tuesday at 7 a.m. The hope is to keep the flow of traffic moving.

The traffic and safety plan will include parking restrictions, closed roads, more lighting, a massive police force and DUI checkpoints. The checkpoints will start at 7 p.m. Friday and last until 5 a.m. Saturday.

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The End of the Road
8:12 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Train Is The New... Train? I-95 Traffic Helps Resurrect Old Miami Rail

A Florida East Coast freight train runs through the middle of downtown West Palm Beach. South Florida's urban core developed around the FEC tracks. Now two projects hope to run passengers along the line for the first time in almost 50 years.
Credit Kenny Malone

I-95 misery has bent Henry Flagler's railroad tracks full circle.

Long ago, passenger trains on lines Flagler built turned a community called Fort Dallas, pop. 300, into Miami. Then cars on I-95 turned Miami into the Miami metropolitan area, driving a stake into Flagler passenger trains along the way. Now, in a historic swing of the pendulum, that same highway system may be resurrecting Flagler passenger service.

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The End Of The Road
11:11 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

If You Thought The Driving Was Crazy, You Didn't Know About I-95's Drug-Smuggling Years

In his new book, Tony Dokoupil explores his fathers secret life as drug smuggler.
Credit Courtesy of Tony Dokoupil

NOTE: Author Tony Dokoupil will be speaking at the Miami Book Fair International on Sunday, November 23rd at 5:30.

Like many born in the '50s, Interstate 95 had some pretty wild days in the 1970s.

Florida was essentially “a 600-mile bong through which pot was pulled into the lungs of the country,” writes Tony Dokoupil. And “Interstate 95 was the glass tube of the bong,” he told WLRN. “You could not get high in America without touching something that had traveled on that particular stretch of asphalt.”

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The End of the Road
4:17 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Trying To Free Up 95 Express, FDOT Prices 'Lexus Lanes' At Lamborghini Rates

Credit Jeffery Katz / Florida Department of Transportation

“Lexus lanes” may have been too cheap for Miami. This past Saturday morning, South Florida drivers traded in for “Lamborghini lanes.”

The maximum possible toll on the 95 Express lanes increased from $7.00 to $10.50 — the mininum has doubled to 50 cents — in response to record numbers of motorists forking over what was thought to be a discouragingly high amount of money.

“That day you paid seven bucks, we were trying to get you not to go there,” said Rory Santana, who oversees Miami-Dade County’s stretch of 95 Express for the Florida Department of Transportation.

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Commute
3:23 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Lieutenant Governor Visits PortMiami For Update On Tunnel Progress

Credit Port of Miami Tunnel

Sometimes it seems like construction projects around South Florida never end. One major project, however, is getting close. Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera visited PortMiami this week to tour the tunnel being built there. He says in about 80 days, your commute downtown could get a little shorter.

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News
6:44 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Move To Stop New Red-Light Cameras Gets Green Light

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  New red light cameras would no longer be allowed under a wide-ranging transportation proposal that received the go-ahead Thursday from a House subcommittee.

But a roadblock may be ahead for the measure, which was approved in a 10-3 vote by the Transportation & Highway Safety Subcommittee.

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The End Of The Road
1:30 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Devilish Commute: How South Florida Lives With I-95

Nearly 2,000 miles of human accomplishment end unceremoniously near Coconut Grove.
Credit Gregory Castillo / Miami Herald

The U.S. Census 2006-2010 American Communities Survey says the most popular commute is, by far, from Broward to Miami-Dade County. It estimates 125,000 make that drive to work every day.

For nearly an hour and a half, Broward-to-Dade commuters sit on Interstate 95's crowded lanes, some investing in express-lane tolls while others face the red-eyed inertia of cars ahead.

One commuter says of her peers' brake lights: “Look at them. Red little demon eyes stopping you in your tracks. Interfering with your making a living."

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Transportation
8:23 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Express-Lane Congestion Elicits Toll Hikes On I-95

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Life in the fast lane is more popular, more expensive and more congested than ever.

The Florida Department of Transportation says entry into the 95 Express lanes ranges from $0.25 to a $7.00 maximum, meaning drivers can only be charged up to that amount depending on how many tolls they pass on one trip. The system’s "dynamic tolling" increases prices as the lanes get more congested. By driving up prices, traffic is driven back into the general-purpose lanes, easing congestion on the express lanes.

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Biking
6:02 am
Thu May 23, 2013

The Environmental Cost Of South Florida's Car Culture Could Be Negated By Bikes

Bicycling and the environment have a close relationship in South Florida.
Credit Daniel Oines / Flickr Creative Commons

In a state that is noted for its dedicated car culture, it seems a given that residents and tourists would benefit from any measurable decrease in road congestion, car exhaust, and air pollution. As National Bike Month winds down and South Florida, communities make moves to become more bike friendly, it pays to talk about the potential environmental impact of having more bicycles and less cars on Florida's roads. 

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