transportation

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.

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Volkswagen has now admitted that it misled everyone by equipping about 11 million diesel cars with a device to cheat emissions tests.

Lisa Lowrance owns one of those cars—a 2013 Black Volkswagen Beetle TDI—and has filed a class action lawsuit in federal court in Florida against the German-based car company.

Lowrance bought the car after a long search for an eco-friendly vehicle that didn’t compromise on performance. Like the rest of the world, she found out her car was not  eco-friendly when the story broke online and in the news.

New Toll Relief Program Allows Negotiation Of Fines

Sep 17, 2015
C.M. Guerrero / El Nuevo Herald

A new program called Operation Toll Relief will give Miami-Dade County residents a chance to negotiate down fines from unpaid tolls.

The program is a partnership of the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, the Florida Department of Transportation and the Miami-Dade court system.

"The program does not excuse toll violators," says Judge Sam Slom, the chief administrative judge over county court. "What the program seeks to do is to adjust the amount due for those violations to an amount which we perceive to be fair."

Andy Newman / Florida Keys News Service

  In 24 years living and working in the Keys, I've had a bunch of different jobs. My longest commute was less than five miles. I felt pretty sorry for myself — because I had to get in the car every day.

Most of the time, my primary transportation has been my bike. That's not without some drawbacks. In summer, you have to prepare for downpours. And you can get sweaty just riding a mile across the island.

Taxi Companies Sue State Over Uber, Lyft

Sep 8, 2015
tallahassee.com

Taxi companies in Tallahassee and Broward County are suing the state over app-based transportation services, alleging that Florida officials aren't requiring Uber and Lyft to prove that the way they calculate trip distances --- and charges --- is accurate.

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services certifies taxi drivers' meters --- which measure distances, and, consequently, charges --- but doesn't do anything to ensure that the GPS-based systems on Uber and Lyft drivers' cell phones, also used to calculate charges, are correct, according to the lawsuit.

Enrollment Ends For MDX Toll Reimbursement Program

Aug 31, 2015
C.M. Guerrero / El Nuevo Herald Staff

Regular commuters have until the end of the day Monday to register for the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority’s new toll reimbursement program.

The Cash Back Toll Dividend Program allows MDX to give some commuters a percentage of their tolls back if the organization is running a budget surplus.


“There’s definitely going to be a dividend declared,” says MDX spokesman Mario Diaz. “What we’re looking at is, and we have to finalize those numbers and the board has to finalize, but it appears that it’ll be somewhere around $3 million this year.”

Lisann Ramos / WLRN

This school year in Palm Beach has gotten off to a rough start. Parents complained to the school district that their children’s school buses are off schedule.

This week many students were either late to school or had to be dropped off by their parents. The issue stems from the county school district and the disorganization of their bus program. 

Now the district is trying to make amends. 

On Monday 40 percent of school buses ran late. The district was able to bring that number down to 26 percent.

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