transportation http://blog.wlrn.org en Gov. Rick Scott Signs Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act http://blog.wlrn.org/post/gov-rick-scott-signs-aaron-cohen-life-protection-act <p>Two years after the hit-and-run accident that killed cyclist Aaron Cohen was killed, the Florida Legislature passed a bill with tougher penalties for drivers who flee the scene.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Rick Scott signed the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act in Key Biscayne on Wednesday, with Cohen’s family in attendance.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:48:56 +0000 Constanza Gallardo 35727 at http://blog.wlrn.org Gov. Rick Scott Signs Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act FEC Unveils New Rail Assembly-Line Facility At Port Everglades http://blog.wlrn.org/post/fec-unveils-new-rail-assembly-line-facility-port-everglades <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida East Coast Railway unveiled its new assembly-line facility for making trains at Port Everglades on Monday.</span></p><p>The site will also serve as as a port for housing those trains.</p><p>The Intermodal Container Transfer Facility, or ICTF, is a public-private venture among Florida East Coast Railway, Broward County and the state of Florida.</p><p>The partners say it should be a more efficient train-assembly plant and operations at the train yard will start on Wednesday.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:51:08 +0000 Jephie Bernard 35551 at http://blog.wlrn.org FEC Unveils New Rail Assembly-Line Facility At Port Everglades In Congress, Road To Funding Highways Jammed http://blog.wlrn.org/post/congress-road-funding-highways-jammed <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The federal pot of money preserving local roads and bridges may soon be empty, yet lawmakers on Capitol Hill are miles apart on a solution. Not only local infrastructure but the overall economy is sure to feel the impact.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:43:48 +0000 Matt Laslo 35361 at http://blog.wlrn.org In Congress, Road To Funding Highways Jammed Sneaking A Peek At All Aboard's Fort Lauderdale Station http://blog.wlrn.org/post/sneaking-peek-all-aboards-fort-lauderdale-station <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All Aboard Florida -- the fast passenger rail that will connect Miami to Orlando through Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach -- unveiled plans for its Fort Lauderdale station on Tuesday.</span></p><p>The $30 million structure will straddle the Florida East Coast Railway tracks on Northwest Second Avenue between Broward Boulevard and Northeast Fourth Street, opening an overlooked and unattractive area near important downtown destinations to development and commerce.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:30:21 +0000 Rick Stone 35202 at http://blog.wlrn.org Sneaking A Peek At All Aboard's Fort Lauderdale Station How The Taxi Industry Became Legit In Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-taxi-industry-became-legit-miami <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 56 years ago, in a county devoid of apps, smartphones and cars with pink&nbsp;fluffy mustaches, there lived a taxi industry that didn't rely on&nbsp;Miami-Dade County regulations.</span></p><p>That taxi industry without regulations is long gone, but ride-sharing apps Lyft and UberX are here -- and they're trying their best to stay. The smartphone-based companies connect users with drivers, and like Miami's old taxis, they don't rely on county regulations.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:53:01 +0000 Selima Hussain 34015 at http://blog.wlrn.org How The Taxi Industry Became Legit In Miami Critical Mass Might Be A Bit Different Tonight http://blog.wlrn.org/post/critical-mass-might-be-bit-different-tonight <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week the Miami Police Department addressed the monthly Critical Mass biking event as a "critical mess." Police Chief Manuel </span>Orosa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> wanted the group to be more organized and follow traffic rules.</span></p><p>On Wednesday he said police officers may or may not attend the event.</p><p>Today’s ride will be going through Little Havana, West Flagler, Grapeland Heights, Allapattah, Brownsville, Liberty City, Wynwood, Midtown, Edgewater, OMNI, Park West, and Downtown.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:48:16 +0000 Constanza Gallardo 34666 at http://blog.wlrn.org Critical Mass Might Be A Bit Different Tonight Document Reveals All Aboard Florida Plans To Spend $29 Million On West Palm Beach Station http://blog.wlrn.org/post/document-reveals-all-aboard-florida-plans-spend-29-million-west-palm-beach-station <p><a href="http://www.allaboardflorida.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">All Aboard Florida</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the privately funded project that plans to connect Miami to Orlando with high-speed rail service, has been touted as an alternative to congested highways. </span><a href="http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/os-orlando-train-criticisms-20140623,0,4530170.story" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">It has also been criticized</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for concerns regarding safety and noise.</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:44:11 +0000 Carla Javier 34495 at http://blog.wlrn.org Document Reveals All Aboard Florida Plans To Spend $29 Million On West Palm Beach Station Are "Lexus Lanes" Really Lexus Lanes? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/are-lexus-lanes-really-lexus-lanes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Brian Rick is on a crusade. As a spokesman for the Florida Department of Transportation he has chewed the ear of dozens, maybe a hundred people -- reporters, friends, anybody who refers to 95 Express as the “Lexus Lanes.”</span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:55:33 +0000 Kenny Malone 34289 at http://blog.wlrn.org Are "Lexus Lanes" Really Lexus Lanes? WLRN-ify My Commute: Let Us Give Your Daily Drive The Public Radio Treatment http://blog.wlrn.org/post/wlrn-ify-my-commute-let-us-give-your-daily-drive-public-radio-treatment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We spend a lot of time together on the road, you (audience) and us (</span>WLRN<span style="line-height: 1.5;">). If you’re like most of our listeners, we’re with you in the car just about every day -- through your speakers, at least.</span></p><p>But we want to take it to the next level: We want to actually get in the car with your family, your friends, your coworkers.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:09:45 +0000 Sammy Mack & Kenny Malone 34288 at http://blog.wlrn.org WLRN-ify My Commute: Let Us Give Your Daily Drive The Public Radio Treatment City Red-Light Camera Programs Bypass State Laws http://blog.wlrn.org/post/city-red-light-camera-programs-bypass-state-laws <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since 2008, many South Florida residents have experienced the horror of finding surprise red-light ticket violations in their mailboxes. These violations are the result of red-light cameras, which were originally installed by cities as a so-called “safety precaution.” Fines for these tickets can come to as much as $200.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But, if any of these fines were obtained from 2008 to July 2010, many South Floridians may be getting a refund.</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:43:57 +0000 Selima Hussain 33882 at http://blog.wlrn.org City Red-Light Camera Programs Bypass State Laws County Commissioners Talk Taxis, Uber And Lyft http://blog.wlrn.org/post/county-commissioners-talk-taxis-uber-and-lyft <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Board of County Commissioner’s transportation and aviation committee met this week to talk taxis, </span>Uber<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>Lyft<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The ride-sharing apps have been facing resistance from the taxi industry and some county commissioners.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I have a problem with companies coming into the area and setting up shop when they’ve been told that what they’re doing is illegal,” said Dennis Moss, chairman of the committee.</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:39:09 +0000 Selima Hussain 33883 at http://blog.wlrn.org County Commissioners Talk Taxis, Uber And Lyft Lyft Rep Says The Service Can Coexist With Taxis http://blog.wlrn.org/post/lyft-rep-says-service-can-coexist-taxis <p><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/how-lyft-not-uber-ended-operating-miami-dade-county"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ride-sharing app&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lyft</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been operating illegally in Miami-Dade County for a little over two weeks now, and&nbsp;</span>the app's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> directors and lobbyist Jorge Luis Lopez are trying to resolve their legality issue.</span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 02:36:12 +0000 Selima Hussain 33728 at http://blog.wlrn.org Lyft Rep Says The Service Can Coexist With Taxis Lyft Drivers Face Hefty Fines, But Uber Comes To Miami Anyway http://blog.wlrn.org/post/lyft-drivers-face-hefty-fines-uber-comes-miami-anyway <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Drivers for a new ride-sharing service, </span><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/how-lyft-not-uber-ended-operating-miami-dade-county" style="line-height: 1.5;">Lyft</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, are now facing significant fines and penalties from Miami-Dade County. The service has been around for about two weeks now, but it's operating illegally.</span></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:02:27 +0000 Jephie Bernard 33345 at http://blog.wlrn.org Lyft Drivers Face Hefty Fines, But Uber Comes To Miami Anyway How Lyft, Not Uber, Ended Up Operating In Miami-Dade County http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-lyft-not-uber-ended-operating-miami-dade-county <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A silver car with a pink, fluffy mustache pegged to its front bumper rolls up to pick up a colleague and me. It's not a taxi, but we get in anyway. We're getting a </span>Lyft<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to Publix.</span></p><p>Our driver, Jeniffer Erickson, greets us with a fist bump and a “hi, how are you?” She has black hair, a mild accent and friendly enthusiasm.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 03:43:50 +0000 Selima Hussain 33303 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Lyft, Not Uber, Ended Up Operating In Miami-Dade County The Future of the Public Transportation System in Miami-Dade County http://blog.wlrn.org/post/future-public-transportation-system-miami-dade-county <div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"></div><div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">06/02/14 - Monday's&nbsp;</span></font><a href="http://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><b>Topical Currents</b></span></font></a> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Bonnie Berman, Joseph Cooper & Paul Leary 33286 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Future of the Public Transportation System in Miami-Dade County