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C.M. Guerrero / El Nuevo Herald

A state senator who represents parts of Miami has filed a bill that would eliminate county-run expressways, including MDX, the Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority.

Republican Sen. Frank Artiles (40th District) said in a press release that Senate Bill 308 would, quote, “cut down on bureaucratic government.”

If passed, the bill would transfer control of county expressways -- and their toll revenues -- from counties to the state of Florida. 

Artiles said the change would cut costs for drivers.

Peter Haden / WLRN

As the nation is preparing to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, local law enforcement has a message for anyone planning to participate in any illegal MLK Day ATV rides. 

“If you’re planning on disrupting traffic, or endangering the lives of yourselves or anyone else, you will be dealt with from a zero-tolerance standpoint,” said Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.

Israel joined state and local law enforcement agencies at a press conference Thursday to warn against any illegal riding of off-road vehicles Monday.

Kate Stein / WLRN

The southernmost blocks of Biscayne Boulevard go past American Airlines Arena, the Bayside Marketplace mall and Bayfront Park. All places  where people -- often crowds of people -- like to walk. But because of all the cars speeding by, walking in the area can be dangerous. Sidewalks are narrow, and crossing the street -- well, either you can wait a long while or take your chances in the traffic.

 

Enter Biscayne Green.

 

The latest study by non-profit organization Smart Growth America ranks Florida as the most dangerous state to walk in the country.

Kate Stein / WLRN

I'm a car driver, but for Public Transit Day on Friday I made a commute via foot, bus and train.

I say, "a commute" because it wasn't the commute I make to work every morning. Instead, I "commuted" between WLRN's studios at the Miami Herald in Doral and our studios in downtown Miami.

 

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.

C.M. Guerrero / El Nuevo Herald

If you commute to work, you probably pick your route based on what's fastest. You might try to take roads with the least traffic or the highest travel speed. But that can be hard when traffic is bad and speeds are slow. Should you stick with your original route or look for alternatives?

 

Katie Lepri / WLRN

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

apennyatwork.com / Broward County and cities

Broward County rejected a proposed sales tax hike on Tuesday when voters decided against one of two intertwined tax increases.

 

Voters decided in favor of a tax increase for transportation improvements, but rejected another proposal to increase taxes to pay for infrastructure upgrades. 

 

Greater Miami Tramlink Partners

A $360 million plan to build a light-rail loop in South Beach has been cut down because of high costs and pushback from the community.

Miami Beach’s administration has also missed a 60-day deadline to hash out an “interim agreement” — a pre-contract agreement that is supposed to outline a process and timeline for the real contract negotiations. Nearly twice as many days have passed since the City Commission chose a bidder in July, but the city manager doesn’t expect to have an agreement until November or December.

Village of Palmetto Bay

The village of Palmetto Bay unanimously passed a resolution this week asking Miami-Dade County to reinstall two stop signs that were removed from the intersection of Southwest 148th Drive and Southwest 82nd Avenue.

 

Residents in the area near Coral Reef Elementary School say they feel the intersection has become dangerous to pedestrians since the signs were removed. County leaders say based on traffic flows, the intersection doesn't need a four-way stop.

 

THE TIMES/RICHARD POHLE

This week on The Florida Roundup: 

How much or how little the state of Florida is  telling the public about the spread of the Zika virus has come under scrutiny. So why are some saying the Florida Department of Health's daily Zika update may not be providing the complete picture? 

Miami-Dade Transit

The entire Metromover system will be shut down this Saturday and Sunday. Miami-Dade Transit will provide free shuttles to replace the Metromover routes while upgrades and routine maintenance will force the closure.

Shuttle busses will run between Metromover stops every 10 to 15 minutes and, for the most part, follow the path of the Metromover tracks. Below is a map showing the exact stop locations.

www.miamidade.gov/transit/

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. 

All Aboard Florida

 

All Aboard Florida -- the fast passenger rail that will connect Miami to Orlando through Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach -- unveiled plans for its Fort Lauderdale station on Tuesday.

The $30 million structure will straddle the Florida East Coast Railway tracks on Northwest Second Avenue between Broward Boulevard and Northeast Fourth Street, opening an overlooked and unattractive area near important downtown destinations to development and commerce.

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