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Cycling Safety
6:48 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott Signs Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act

Gov. Rick Scott signed the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act in Key Biscayne next to Aaron Cohen's family and Commissioner Jose Diaz.
Constanza Gallardo WLRN

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.

Gov. Rick Scott signed the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act in Key Biscayne on Wednesday, with Cohen’s family in attendance.

“This happened a year and a half ago and the Legislature reacted,” says Gov. Scott.  “They’ve increased the penalties so hopefully this won’t happen to somebody again. You can’t imagine how this would change somebody’s life.”   

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News
3:51 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

FEC Unveils New Rail Assembly-Line Facility At Port Everglades

Credit Jephie Bernard / WLRN

Florida East Coast Railway unveiled its new assembly-line facility for making trains at Port Everglades on Monday.

The site will also serve as as a port for housing those trains.

The Intermodal Container Transfer Facility, or ICTF, is a public-private venture among Florida East Coast Railway, Broward County and the state of Florida.

The partners say it should be a more efficient train-assembly plant and operations at the train yard will start on Wednesday.

The ICTF took 18 months to complete the project which is expected to provide over 200,000 jobs.

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Politics
5:43 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

In Congress, Road To Funding Highways Jammed

Credit Florida State Archives

  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.

While increasingly fuel-efficient cars and trucks are easier on the wallet and the environment, they may prove terrible for the asphalt and steel beams on which they ride. Consuming less gas means fewer gas taxes. The federal Highway Trust Fund relies on an 18 cent gas tax on every gallon of regular. For diesel fuel that tax is 24 cents per gallon.

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South Florida Passenger Rail
6:30 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Sneaking A Peek At All Aboard's Fort Lauderdale Station

ARRIVAL: This is the ground approach to the proposed All Aboard Florida station in Fort Lauderdale. Architectural trusses are a design feature that will be echoed in all four of the railroad's stations.
Credit All Aboard Florida

 

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.

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.

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Transportation
6:53 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

How The Taxi Industry Became Legit In Miami

Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

About 56 years ago, in a county devoid of apps, smartphones and cars with pink fluffy mustaches, there lived a taxi industry that didn't rely on Miami-Dade County regulations.

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.

The taxi industry isn't too happy about this. 

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News
2:48 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Critical Mass Might Be A Bit Different Tonight

Credit Constanza Gallardo / WLRN

This week the Miami Police Department addressed the monthly Critical Mass biking event as a "critical mess." Police Chief Manuel Orosa wanted the group to be more organized and follow traffic rules.

On Wednesday he said police officers may or may not attend the event.

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.

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Transportation
11:44 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Document Reveals All Aboard Florida Plans To Spend $29 Million On West Palm Beach Station

All Aboard Florida President and Chief Development Officer Michael Reininger announces plans for the rail system's downtown station.
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

All Aboard Florida, 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. It has also been criticized for concerns regarding safety and noise.

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The End of the Road
6:55 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Are "Lexus Lanes" Really Lexus Lanes?

The term "Lexus Lanes" seems originated in the mid '90s and became a synonym for all express lane projects. But how accurate is it really?
Credit Concavo Wheels, (Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

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.”

“You don’t see a Lexus every two or three cars," Rick says. He notices the pickup trucks and work vans. "If you're delivering auto parts or you're delivering medical supplies... that's where reliability becomes essential. "

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The End of the Road
4:09 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

WLRN-ify My Commute: Let Us Give Your Daily Drive The Public Radio Treatment

Let's go for a ride.
Credit tiverylucky / freedigitalphotos.net

We spend a lot of time together on the road, you (audience) and us (WLRN). If you’re like most of our listeners, we’re with you in the car just about every day -- through your speakers, at least.

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.

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Transportation
12:43 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

City Red-Light Camera Programs Bypass State Laws

Credit Miami Herald

  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.

But, if any of these fines were obtained from 2008 to July 2010, many South Floridians may be getting a refund.

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Transportation
12:39 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

County Commissioners Talk Taxis, Uber And Lyft

Credit Miami Herald

The Board of County Commissioner’s transportation and aviation committee met this week to talk taxis, Uber and Lyft. The ride-sharing apps have been facing resistance from the taxi industry and some county commissioners.

“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.

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Transportation
10:36 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Lyft Rep Says The Service Can Coexist With Taxis

Credit Jose A. Iglesias / el Nuevo Herald

Ride-sharing app Lyft has been operating illegally in Miami-Dade County for a little over two weeks now, and the app's directors and lobbyist Jorge Luis Lopez are trying to resolve their legality issue.

They are working on new model legislation that seeks to make room for apps like Lyft in county code. If the Board of County Commissioners approves, the service has the potential to become legal.

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Transportation
11:02 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Lyft Drivers Face Hefty Fines, But Uber Comes To Miami Anyway

Credit Creative Commons

Drivers for a new ride-sharing service, Lyft, 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.

The fines don't seem to be scaring off Uber, the company that faced opposition from county officials last year. Wednesday, Uber plans to launch a service similar to Lyft, UberX, and will offer free rides through June 20. 

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Transportation
11:43 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

How Lyft, Not Uber, Ended Up Operating In Miami-Dade County

This red Ford, dressed with the symbolic Lyft mustache, is one of the many vehicles Lyft passengers can expect when they request a ride through the phone app.
Credit Constanza Gallardo

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 Lyft to Publix.

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.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

The Future of the Public Transportation System in Miami-Dade County

A streetcar in Coral Gables in April, 1925
William A. Fishbaugh/State Archives of Florida

06/02/14 - Monday's Topical Currents looks at the future of public transportation in Miami-Dade County.

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