transportation

Turnpike Reopens After Sinkholes Repaired

Aug 28, 2016
CBS4, via Miami Herald

Holes may have sunk part of Florida's Turnpike, but at least they haven't sunk Monday's morning commute.

Emergency repairs concluded around 10 a.m. Sunday to fix two large holes that developed on the southbound turnpike near Northwest 199th Street and Hard Rock Stadium. Florida Department of Transportation officials say a broken water line caused initial depressions in the roadway to develop around 1 p.m. Saturday.

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Do you remember the newer version of The Italian Job with Mark Wahlberg?  

A team of glorified thieves is trying to steal back a couple million in gold bricks. Their escape in a fleet of mini coopers hinges on their computer wiz’s ability to hack into the city’s traffic control center and make sure their route is free, and their pursuers get stuck in traffic.

Well that traffic puppeteer possibility is now a reality in Miami-Dade County, which for the first time has a centralized system to view intersections and change lights with the few clicks on the computer.

Kate Stein / WLRN

"Give transit a try!"

 

That’s the message Miami-Dade County is sending commuters with an upgrade to its Transit Tracker smartphone app. The updated app features real-time bus and Metrorail tracking, and has a new support tab. It also includes schedules for most trolleys in the county and uses geolocators to provide lists of the closest bus and Metrorail stations.

 

 

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

Key West is ideal in many ways for biking — it's small, flat and warm year-round. But the island also faces challenges, with high accident rates for bicycles and pedestrians.

Chris Hamilton, the city's bicycle/pedestrian coordinator, is working to make the streets safer and encourage more people to get out of their cars and get around Key West by foot, bike or public transit. 

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

A new public art project in downtown Miami is piping music into the Metromover. It’s not coming over the loud speaker, but through a new app that’s designed to let people uncover hidden art in the world.

Get on the Metromover at Government Center Station, open an app called “Lapse,” put on some headphones and as you slowly make your way around the circuit, a symphony slowly builds to a rich and textured audio composition. “The Sounds” is one part of Ivan Depeña’s goal to mix art, virtual reality and a twinge of  science fiction.

Tim Padgett / WLRN

South Florida drivers have a certain reputation and driving fast is a big part of that. Last year, 798,000 people in Florida were pulled over for speeding. A little more than 136,000 people used some version of a traffic school to mask the points on their license so that insurance premiums don’t go up.

And now, I am a part of that; I was going 88 in a 70-mile-per-hour zone in St. Lucie County.

Riders, Runners Celebrate Re-opening Of Venetian Causeway

Mar 1, 2016
Diego Saldaña-Rojas / For WLRN

After months of being closed for repair, the Venetian Causeway opened for all vehicle traffic at midday Monday.

The causeway linking downtown Miami, the Venetian islands and Miami Beach is popular among cyclists and pedestrians for its reduced speed limit and views.

  "The Venetian, it's just a much safer route — and it's the only one," said Laura Parsons, a cyclist and employee of the Miami Bicycle and Pro Shop.

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

Key West has one of the nation's highest rates of commuting by bicycle. But it also regularly leads the state in bicycle and pedestrian fatalities for small cities.

Now the island has embarked on a new effort to make cycling and walking safer, as well as encourage the use of public transit. Those efforts were bolstered Friday with the award of Bike Florida's first-ever Share The Road Challenge Grant.

How To Get Back Home After Your New Year's Eve Party

Dec 31, 2015
Walter Michot / Miami Herald

New Year celebrations will be take over South Florida hotels, restaurants and nightclubs as 2016 approaches.

 

If you had one too many drinks and don’t have a designated driver, there’s help. And here we tell you where to get it:

Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald Staff

Since the Card Sound Road tollbooth opened in 1969, the toll has remained the same: 50 cents an axle, cash only.

But change may be coming to the booth at the county line between Monroe and Miami-Dade. Monroe County is considering automating the booth. Tolls would be collected by Sunpass and toll-by-plate, as they are increasingly throughout the state.

End Of The Road Near For Old Sunpass Transponders

Dec 16, 2015

Time is running out for about 100,000 SunPass customers to convert, for free, to new transponders.

Older, battery-operated transponders used for Florida toll roads and some bridges become obsolete with the New Year.

"It is important that anybody with that type of unit contact us now so that their service continues uninterrupted," Chad Huff, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Transportation and the Florida Turnpike, said in an email.

Andy Newman / Florida Keys News Service

  It's been 80 years since you could travel the Florida Keys by rail. But Monroe County wants to look into bringing it back, as a monorail or light rail system.

The Monroe County Commission Tuesday approved a resolution asking the state Department of Transportation to to conduct a feasibility study on the project.

Miami-Dade Transit Gets $40M Worth Of New Buses

Nov 9, 2015
Alyssa Méndez Batista / WLRN

Miami-Dade Transit announced Monday the addition of 43 60-foot, diesel-electric buses to its existing metrobus fleet. Transit director Alice Bravo says the initial purchase of this fleet is close to $40 million, which means each bus costs over $900,000.

 

This addition comes on the heels of a Miami Herald investigation into mass transit in the county, published last week. It featured passengers’ complaints about bus schedules and overcrowding.

 

A new poll shows that a majority of Floridians think that ride sharing services should be regulated.  

tallahassee.com

App-based taxi services like Uber and Lyft are back in business in Broward County.

In a meeting much shorter than the last one on this issue, commissioners voted 6-2 on an ordinance that opens pathways for the apps to come back online for Broward residents.

Representatives from Uber said they could turn the app back on as soon as Thursday.

Broward County Mayor Tim Ryan says this is a win for residents.

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