MIAMI STATION: "Floating" and "shimmering" are two of the adjectives in All Aboard Florida's description of its Miami station and commercial complex. The tracks and terminal would be 50 feet in the air.
All Aboard Florida will be all about connections, hopeful developers of the high-speed passenger rail system told the city this week, and not just about the link from Miami to Orlando. Its Miami infrastructure, they said, would also become the glue binding downtown Miami to its special-purpose districts across today's barriers of blight and no-man's-land.
Rodrigo Rey del Castillo repairs and customizes mostly motorcycles that predate 1980. The machines lack on-board computers, fuel-injection engines, and anti-lock brakes. And they're the stand-out bikes of the growing South Florida vintage motorcycle scene.
If you're driving through the center of Miami tonight, you need to take a close look at the map below.
Cyclists in both Miami and Fort Lauderdale will be riding over 10 miles through their cities as part of a group bike ride called Critical Mass, an event that takes place in cities all over the world on the last Friday of the month.
Sen. Marco Rubio, as well as several Florida state representatives, are trying to clear the road for a popular smartphone app called Uber to operate in Miami-Dade. The app, which allows people to hire a town car and driver through a few taps of their phone, has been meeting fierce resistance from the county’s taxi companies.
About 500 people gathered recently outside one of the only green spaces downtown: the 1300 block of Brickell Avenue. They were the Brickell Run Club, all decked out in running shoes and workout shorts, ready to go for a run.
Once every week they run through the city. Some trips start on the corner of Southwest 13th Street and Brickell Avenue, then stretch past the Rickenbacker Causeway and back. But distance isn't the runners' only challenge. Frankie Ruiz, the club's founder, says it's hard for runners, bikers and pedestrians get through the city on foot.
A passenger rail connecting South Florida and Orlando is on track to start running next year.
But not everyone is jumping for joy.
A group of real estate experts serving parts of northern Palm Beach and Martin Counties says it has serious concerns about All Aboard Florida.
The $1.5-billion railway project would add 32 passenger trains to the 14 freight trains already running on the Florida East Coast Railroad tracks. Stations would be located in the downtowns of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.
Broward transit began installing a $12.6-million bus-locating software on Monday. The application will help Broward residents who take the bus keep track of where their ride is.
"The app will give them real-time schedule information so wherever they are; whether they’re at a bus stop or at home, or shopping," said Broward Transit spokeswoman Doris Williams. "They can put in the bus stop number and the application will let them see the real-time information of when their bus will arrive at the stop."
Old technology — but new to many Miami-Dade County taxis — is coming to local cabs.
An overwhelming majority of county commissioners signed off Tuesday on sweeping legislation requiring all cabs to take credit cards and install SunPass transponders, GPS devices and digital security cameras.
Drivers will have six months to install SunPass. Credit-card machines will be required in two years. GPS and backseat security cameras will be required in 30 months.
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.
Wednesday for a hearing about regulations for luxury-sedan and limo drivers. If Miami-Dade County commissioners allow for an unlimited number of such drivers, mobile-dispatch companies such as Uber could operate in the county.
The Uber app allows users to hail cabs with their mobile phones. Regional manager Rachel Holt says it would benefit those users as well as local taxicab workers.