transportation

Public Transportation
8:00 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Get On The Bus: How Miami Is Like L.A.

Get on the bus, Gus.
Credit interbeat / www.flickr.com

Several times a week, Miami reminds me of Los Angeles. For better and worse. We're both the land of sunshine, palm trees (theirs are taller) and beautiful beaches (ours are nicer based on ocean temperature and clarity, but we're missing out on the mountains). And both places have much beneath the surface of our beautiful things. Extreme wealth and poverty pressed up against each other, but rarely mixing -- largely because both places are so deeply devoted to the automobile.

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Interstate-95
12:37 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Palm Beach County To Get Express Lanes

EXPRESS LANES: The fast toll lanes will run from Glades Road on the bottom of he map to Linton Boulevard at the top. The new FAU interchange will be at Spanish River Boulevard, which is NW 40 Street on this map.

Transportation engineers are planning to install pay-per-drive express lanes as part of the next big I-95 makeover in Palm Beach County.

Already in use in Miami-Dade County and under construction in Broward, express lanes provide a faster, limited-access drive for commuters who can commit to the entire distance. Tolls rise and fall as a function of traffic congestion.

In Miami, the tolls range from 25 cents to six and seven dollars, according to traffic conditions.

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Preserving Florida's Past
6:30 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Troubled Bridge Over Water: Why A Key Part Of Keys' History Is In Danger

People from Marathon and around the world go to the Old Seven Mile Bridge to exercise or enjoy the sunset.
Arianna Prothero

When the Old Seven Mile Bridge was built, it was an engineering wonder of the early 1900s. Part of Henry Flagler’s famous railway to Key West, it ran across nearly seven miles of open water to connect Marathon to the Lower Keys.

Today, the bridge is still a popular spot with both locals and tourists, but it’s slowly falling apart. Salt water and storms are eroding the bridge faster than the state can afford to repair it. Much of it is now closed. Historians and activists are desperately searching for a way to preserve what's left: a 2.2 mile section of the Old Seven Bridge that is still open to pedestrians and cyclists.

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Rail Travel
11:00 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Fast Train Will Link Miami, Orlando In 2015

ALL ABOARD: Money, jobs and a fast ride to Orlando.
Credit All Aboard Florida

A billion-dollar passenger rail project, due to break ground next year, will be whisking business travelers and tourists between Miami and Orlando at top speed by some time in 2015.

Plans call for stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach on the way from Miami to Orlando International Airport with a spur line connecting the beaches of Brevard County to the system.

Cost and benefits? According to the Sun Sentinel, $1 billion, 1,600 jobs and a three-hour trip -- much quicker than you could make at the wheel of your own car.

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Arts
6:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Composer/Architect Discusses Airport Installation At Art Basel

Travelers arrive at MIA to the sounds and sights of Christopher Janney's Harmonic Convergence.
Credit Alicia Zuckerman / WLRN

Christopher Janney's sound and light installation for Miami International Airport was unveiled during last year's Art Basel Miami Beach. This year, he's back to discuss the piece on a panel during Design Miami, today (Friday, Dec. 7) at noon. 

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Art Basel
2:30 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

How To Get Around With Public Transit During Basel

igougo.com

At a roundtable arts engagement event at Locust Projects recently, the conversation inevitably turned to Art Basel and its effect on Miami both as a city and as developer of the arts scene. The chat touched on the blossoming street-art hub of Wynwood, and how there is a tangible sense that Miami is starting to matter in the arts world.

It would have been a positive, maybe even an uplifting conversation, if it was not filled with undertones of frustration.

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Airport Work Conditions
11:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Fort Lauderdale Airport Workers Rally For Higher Pay Just Before Busy Thanksgiving Travel Days

Airport service workers gather outside Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Monday to rally for higher wages.
Credit C. DiMattei

Many of the service workers at South Florida's busiest airport for Thanksgiving holiday travel say they can't afford a traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year.

About 60 members of a local airport workers' union held a rally Monday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to try to persuade airline contractors to pay them higher wages.

The Workers

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Hundreds Of Flights Are Canceled
4:38 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Is Parking Planes Across South Florida

Hundreds of flights are canceled as Hurricane Sandy slams the Northeast.
Credit Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International Airport

Even though Hurricane Sandy has moved past South Florida, the region's airports continue to feel the storm's effects.

Director of Operations at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Mike Monnemacher, said 152 flights have been canceled at his airport.

"One of our larger markets for this airport is to the Northeast," Monnemacher said. " So, when we're not having any operations into the Washington all the up through Boston area, that's a significant number of aircraft. So, right now we have 35 aircraft that really don't have any place to go."

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Human Trafficking
1:19 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Amtrak Works With Feds To Fight Human Trafficking

Amtrak is partnering with the DOT and the DHS to combat human trafficking.
Glenn D Flickr/Creative Commons

Two federal government agencies are teaming up with Amtrak to fight human trafficking.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman announced the new partnership Thursday.

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Transportation
3:30 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

How Miami Is Climbing The List Of Top Bike-Friendly Cities

Cyclists ride through the streets of Miami as part of a monthly bike ride called Critical Mass.
Tropical Pedicabs/flickr.com

Miami recently jumped ten spots on Bicycling magazine’s list of the country’s top, bike-friendly cities. It’s the fastest rising city on the list.

But just four years ago, Miami was put on a list of the worst cities to bike in according to Bicycling magazine senior editor Emily Furia.

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Under the Sun
5:45 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

What South Florida Cyclists and Drivers Have to Say to Each Other

Bikes in Monroe County.
Diego Quiros

This is a place that’s sunny, warm, and flat. It seems like it should be a pretty perfect place to ride a bike. It’s not.

Last month, the 36-year-old father, husband and amateur triathelte Aaron Cohen was hit and killed by a car while riding on the Rickenbacker Causeway. The tragedy revived a debate about how drivers and cyclists share—or don’t share—our roads.

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Transportation
8:39 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

A New Yorker's Commute on South Florida Public Transit

Bob B. Brown (Flickr)

South Florida is clearly a car-centered part of the country, but there are a lot of people here who rely on public transportation. This summer, WLRN intern Luc Cohen was one of them.  

Cohen, who is majoring in public and international affairs at Princeton University, was born and raised in New York City. So for him, public transportation is practically second nature.

Before coming to Miami for his internship, Cohen had driven a total of six blocks by himself in his life.

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