transportation

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.

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.

 

With the new year came a new increase to Florida’s gas tax. But it’s unlikely consumers will even notice the rate hike: it amounts to one tenth of one cent. 

Florida’s gas tax is one of the highest in the country, totaling 36.59 cents per gallon. An additional 18.4 cents goes to the federal government, before cycling back down to state projects. The revenue helps restore and maintain the state’s aging infrastructure. But like the country’s roads and bridges, the tax base is crumbling.

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This week on The Florida Roundup...

2016 was the year that defied predictions, but that won't stop our panel of journalists from making some forecasts for the upcoming year.

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When most of us think of Miami International Airport, we don't think of scorpions, sloths, sharks or spiders.

But it turns out the airport is kind of a zoo. Because in addition to being one of the United States' busiest passenger airports, MIA is one of the busiest American airports for importing animals and animal products.

Peter Haden / WLRN

A South Florida university is on a path to help improve the country’s transportation systems, thanks to a boost from the federal government.

Florida Atlantic University will get $8.5 million  over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund research on how to move freight more efficiently and make roads safer.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

A backhoe joyride on the Seven Mile Bridge last winter that tied up traffic in the Florida Keys and caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage has ended in state prison.

Carl Blahnik, 60, was sentenced this week to 30 months in state prison. He also has to pay more than $43,000 in restitution for damage to the bridge and the backhoe.

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. 

 

This week on The Florida Roundup…

A plan for a Miami Beach light rail gets a bit lighter due to high costs and pushback from the community. We discuss the challenges faced in funding public transit projects with Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales and The Miami Herald’s  reporter Joey Flechas.

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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.

 

Miami Dade Transit Wants More Millenials

Sep 29, 2016
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The Miami-Dade department of transportation has hired two organizations to whip up a campaign designed to attract new riders.

Alice Bravo, director of the transportation department, says she hopes the new marketing plan will attract more millennials to Miami’s public transit.

“The young, new millennials are, are I think are more predisposed to use public transportation. They don’t necessarily want to have a car. They see how they can save time, how they can save money.”

Kate Stein / WLRN

Is it possible to have too many stop signs?

 

Palmetto Bay residents pressed village and county officials Tuesday night on a decision to remove two stop signs near Coral Reef Elementary School. There used to be four signs at the intersection of Southwest 82nd Avenue and 148th Drive.

 

Darlene Fernandez is assistant director at the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works. She says Miami-Dade removed the 82nd Avenue signs because county data shows they’re unnecessary.

 

A shriek went up around the young executives of a start-up company as they made their way to a beaming Bill Clinton. They had just won the million dollar Hult Prize for an idea they dreamed up and launched over the last 12 months.

The U.S. government wants to help you take your hands off the wheel.

The Department of Transportation on Tuesday issued its Federal Automated Vehicle Policy, which outlines how manufacturers and developers can ensure safe design of driverless vehicles, tells states what responsibilities they will have and points out potential new tools for ensuring safety.

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