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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Drivers and beachgoers in South Florida are no strangers to road closures and months-long of construction projects. 

But Fort Lauderdale’s latest road closure could affect summer tourism on the city’s busy Las Olas Blvd.

Starting on Monday July 9, the two blocks of Las Olas Blvd. that connect to Fort Lauderdale Beach will be closed for construction...for nearly four months. 

 

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The Miami-Dade County commissioners discuss on Wednesday the future of the 836 extension proposal. It’s a hotly debated topic, as traffic issues tend to be in South Florida. The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX), the organization behind the construction of the extension, argue it's necessary for alleviating congestion on major roadways from Kendall to Miami. But environmental groups are raising concerns that the freeway runs too close to the Urban Boundary Development line, established a few miles from the borders of Everglades National Park.

American Dream Miami

The Miami-Dade County Commission voted on Thursday to approve the construction of American Dream Miami, billed as the largest mall project in the United States. The project had drawn vast controversy for the projected impact on traffic in the area, and for building so close to the Urban Development Boundary.

He's set to vote Thursday on whether to bring America's largest mall to undeveloped land on the western edge of Miami-Dade's urban core. On Monday, Commissioner Xavier Suarez floated a complex new transit plan for the proposed American Dream Miami site, using elevated automated cars to ferry workers and visitors to and from the retail theme park.

Kate Stein / WLRN

Southeast Florida has a new plan to help communities deal with sea level rise.

Courtesy of Brightline

Dave Howard's background is in sports. He ran business operations for the company behind Madison Square Garden, and spent more than 20 years as an executive with the New York Mets, overseeing the design and development of the team's Citi Field.

Kate Stein / WLRN

Did you lose power for a week after Hurricane Irma? Are you frustrated with the king tide flooding on your street? Or maybe thoughts of climate change keep you up at night?

 

Courtesy of Brightline

Colorful new trains are coming down the tracks from West Palm Beach to Miami -- although not carrying passengers quite yet.

Testing is underway for the first phase of the Brightline train service, and passengers should be able to ride the West Palm Beach-to-Fort Lauderdale portion of the line before the end of 2017, says company CEO Dave Howard.

Trains to Miami, Howard says, will start several weeks after that. But he’s not committing to exact dates just yet.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

What's the smartest way for Miami-Dade to address its excruciating traffic problems?

 

Not the trains in the $3.3-billion SMART (Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit) Plan the county rolled out just last year, according to Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

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Uber for kids?

 

It could be a thing in Miami soon, with the debut of a ride-sharing service that's a new spin on the after-school carpool.

 

 

Walter Michot / Miami Herald

Miami-Dade County leaders eager to dive in on a long-term, multi-project transit plan are divided over how to pick which project to fund first.

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A controversial proposal to extend State Road 836 — aka the Dolphin Expressway — has been delayed on its route to the Miami-Dade County Commission.

The county’s Government Operations Committee, which consists of five county commissioners,  announced Tuesday it's deferring until next month a vote on the plan that would extend the western end of 836 south by about 15 miles into Kendall. The plan aims to give commuters another highway option west of Florida’s Turnpike. But critics say the expansion would encourage more development in agricultural areas and the Everglades.

Kara Starzyk

Monday is the 25th anniversary of Fort Lauderdale’s Sun Trolley system, and the celebration promises to be a multi-sensory experience.

The eye-catching red-and-yellow trolleys run on eight routes through Fort Lauderdale, taking riders to the beach, shopping and work. By the end of the month, they'll have a new app and website to make seeing routes and tracking transit easier.

Matias Ocner

 


Miami-Dade County is rolling out new technology to improve transit.

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