The End of the Road http://blog.wlrn.org en FDOT: Florida In Relatively Good Shape If Highway Trust Fund Goes Broke http://blog.wlrn.org/post/fdot-florida-relatively-good-shape-if-highway-trust-fund-goes-broke <p>While state transportation departments around the country have been scrambling in anticipation of a potential Highway Trust Fund insolvency, Florida officials aren’t sweating quite yet.<br /><br />The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that the Highway Trust Fund, which trickles down and helps pay for everything from highways to sidewalks, will run out of money in August. The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed a bill that would temporarily fix the problem.<br /> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:48:05 +0000 Kenny Malone 36162 at http://blog.wlrn.org FDOT: Florida In Relatively Good Shape If Highway Trust Fund Goes Broke Free Rides In 95 Express Lanes Coming To An End For Hybrid Drivers http://blog.wlrn.org/post/free-rides-95-express-lanes-coming-end-hybrid-drivers <p>To be perfectly honest, Bobby Wells, a Harley-riding, python-owning Miami lawyer, doesn’t really like his Toyota Prius.<br /><br />But he does love that red and blue “95 Express” registration decal on the bottom left of his hybrid car’s windshield.<br /><br />“Yeah,” said Wells, “the reason I bought this car was to get that sticker.”<br /><br />I-95’s express lanes — where the price of admission ranges from 50 cents to $10.50 depending on traffic — are free to registered hybrids. But that’s not going to last forever.<br /> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:38:20 +0000 Kenny Malone 35809 at http://blog.wlrn.org Free Rides In 95 Express Lanes Coming To An End For Hybrid Drivers Why Most Highway Signs Aren't All Caps Anymore http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-most-highway-signs-arent-all-caps-anymore <p>A drive down I-95 is full of dozens, probably hundreds, of tiny design decisions that are ultimately about driver attention. From the lettering on a road sign to the shape of a road, engineers are constantly trying to find a sweet spot between getting a driver’s attention and distracting them.<br /><br />As part of our End of the Road series we wanted to ask an expert about the thinking behind some of the things drivers see everyday on I-95 but aren’t supposed to pay much attention to.<br /> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:45:39 +0000 Kenny Malone 35015 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Most Highway Signs Aren't All Caps Anymore What It's Like To Have A Gun Pulled On You On The Highway http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-its-have-gun-pulled-you-highway <p>Alyce and Neil Robertson were running late to a wedding one day 20 or 30 years ago. Because they were running late, they were arguing in the car, until some maniac on the road did something crazy.</p><p>Naturally, some of the details have slipped over the years. But the two agree they were on their way to a friend’s wedding and Alyce was mad at Neil for making them late.&nbsp;Here’s how they remember the rest...</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:47:14 +0000 Kenny Malone 34586 at http://blog.wlrn.org What It's Like To Have A Gun Pulled On You On The Highway 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 Seriously, What's So Great About I-95? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/seriously-whats-so-great-about-i-95 <p>As part of our End of the Road series -- about the final 87 miles of I-95 -- we’ve asked a lot of questions: Why don’t people seem to <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/i-95s-narrow-shoulders-and-speeding-cars-problematic-fhp" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">get in trouble</a> for speeding in the express lanes? Sun, 08 Jun 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Kenny Malone 33563 at http://blog.wlrn.org Seriously, What's So Great About I-95? Displacing Overtown Residents To Make Up For Rupture I-95 Caused http://blog.wlrn.org/post/displacing-overtown-residents-make-rupture-i-95-caused <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At times, the two-story white house with bright blue shutters and columns that seem to reach for the sky was mistaken for a church in Miami's </span>Overtown<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> neighborhood.</span></p><p>But for 80-year-old Benjamin Brown, the property that had been in his family since 1917 always meant just one thing: home.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 16:37:32 +0000 Nadege Green -- Miami Herald 32662 at http://blog.wlrn.org Displacing Overtown Residents To Make Up For Rupture I-95 Caused How A $1 Billion Hole In The Ground Will Impact I-95 http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-1-billion-hole-ground-will-impact-i-95 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>PortMiami<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tunnel--a $1 billion hole in the ground that began with a task force more than 30 years ago--finally celebrates its completion Monday.</span></p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Traffic will now be able to access the port from I-395 by taking a the tunnel entrance on Watson Island, driving below Government Cut and resurfacing on Dodge Island, where </span>PortMiami<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is located.</span></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 10:39:23 +0000 Kenny Malone 32518 at http://blog.wlrn.org How A $1 Billion Hole In The Ground Will Impact I-95 95 Express Has Hit New Max Toll At Least 12 Times, But Appears To Be Working http://blog.wlrn.org/post/95-express-has-hit-new-max-toll-least-12-times-appears-be-working <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The maximum possible toll on 95 Express increased from $7 to $10.50 on March </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">1</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Two days later at 5:30 p.m., the cost of using the northbound express lanes hit the $10.50 maximum.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rory Santana from the Florida Department of Transportation says a truck jack-knifed and backed up the highway, so people flooded 95 Express and drove the price into the ceiling.</span></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 00:54:09 +0000 Kenny Malone 32191 at http://blog.wlrn.org 95 Express Has Hit New Max Toll At Least 12 Times, But Appears To Be Working I-95, Road Rage And How The Robertsons Learned Miami Time http://blog.wlrn.org/post/i-95-road-rage-and-how-robertsons-learned-miami-time <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are details of this story that </span>Alyce<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Neil Robertson don’t quite agree on.</span></p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We were on our way to a wedding on a Saturday afternoon,” recalls&nbsp;</span>Alyce<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“A Sunday, yeah,” recalls Neil, “we were on our way to a wedding.”</span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 21:13:42 +0000 Kenny Malone 31606 at http://blog.wlrn.org I-95, Road Rage And How The Robertsons Learned Miami Time What’s With The Redacted Signs On I-95 (And 395)? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-s-redacted-signs-i-95-and-395 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Like novelty-sized pages of redacted government documents, blacked-out road signs are hanging over I-95 and I-395. And inquiring drivers (</span>WLRN<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> contributor Nancy </span>Klingener<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, for example) want answers:</span></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/RadioMalone">@RadioMalone</a> What's the deal with the redacted signs on I-95? Visiting islanders (<a href="https://twitter.com/keywestbirder">@keywestbirder</a> and I) want to know.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:57:18 +0000 Kenny Malone 31278 at http://blog.wlrn.org What’s With The Redacted Signs On I-95 (And 395)? Train Is The New... Train? I-95 Traffic Helps Resurrect Old Miami Rail http://blog.wlrn.org/post/train-new-train-i-95-traffic-helps-resurrect-old-miami-rail <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I-95 misery has bent Henry Flagler's railroad tracks full circle.</span></p><div><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Long ago, passenger trains on lines Flagler built turned a community called Fort Dallas, pop. 300, into Miami. Then cars on I-95 turned Miami into the Miami metropolitan area, driving a stake into Flagler passenger trains along the way. Now, in a historic swing of the pendulum, that same highway system may be resurrecting Flagler passenger service.</span></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:12:29 +0000 Kenny Malone 31007 at http://blog.wlrn.org Train Is The New... Train? I-95 Traffic Helps Resurrect Old Miami Rail If You Thought The Driving Was Crazy, You Didn't Know About I-95's Drug-Smuggling Years http://blog.wlrn.org/post/if-you-thought-driving-was-crazy-you-didnt-know-about-i-95s-drug-smuggling-years <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Like many born in the '</span>50s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Interstate 95 had some </span><i style="line-height: 1.5;">pretty </i><span style="line-height: 1.5;">wild days in the </span>1970s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:11:13 +0000 Kenny Malone 30663 at http://blog.wlrn.org If You Thought The Driving Was Crazy, You Didn't Know About I-95's Drug-Smuggling Years On The Miserable Road: The Poetry of I-95 http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miserable-road-poetry-i-95 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Interstate 95 inspires more than just four-letter words, it turns out.</span></p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Twenty five years ago, poet A.R. </span>Ammons<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and his wife were driving home from a visit with family in South Miami. Somewhere north of Dade County -- on I-95 -- </span>Ammons<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> looked out his window and there it was: one of South Florida’s infamous mountains of trash.</span></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:02:52 +0000 Kenny Malone 30386 at http://blog.wlrn.org On The Miserable Road: The Poetry of I-95