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Don’t build more transit if county can’t build transit riders

Don’t build more transit if county can’t build transit riders

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If Miami-Dade doesn’t start running transit more hours, more reliably and with growing rather than disappearing loads, talk of six new corridors should remain just that – talk. Commissioners last week uncorked a new revenue stream, a transit tax district. State legislators also want to take taxes stolen from new transit and put the money back where it belongs. Commissioners too talk about a second transit sales tax to double receipts. Those three could be major pieces of a puzzle to fund new transit. So could an as-yet-unknown public-private deal that would see the public later pay off up-front private investment. Other ideas float around to add new transit. But why add any at all when riders are scrambling to get off what we have now? Not only are they exiting, but the departure rate is e
Miami International Boat Show upgrades transit plans

Miami International Boat Show upgrades transit plans

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With the 77th annual Miami International Boat Show around the corner, transportation options such as water taxis and shuttle buses from Downtown Miami to Virginia Key will be offered to guests as part of the show’s enhanced transportation plan, according to show manager Larry Berryman. “This year we have really focused our efforts on creating a dynamic transportation plan,” he said. “During the past couple of years over 50,000 attendees have traveled back and forth to the show using water taxis.” As a result, he said, “this year we decided to have stops located at Bayfront Park and the AmericanAirlines Arena, which has a decent-size boat slip.” The free water taxi pick-up and drop-off locations, which will be at both water taxi locations, Mr. Berryman said, will begin operating at 9 a.m.,
Miami-Dade free transit Wi-Fi initiative falls apart

Miami-Dade free transit Wi-Fi initiative falls apart

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A year-old Miami-Dade initiative that had promised free transit Wi-Fi, hundreds of Wi-Fi-enabled kiosks and security cameras throughout the county has fallen apart. The contract with CIVIQ Smartscapes LLC has terminated because the county couldn’t provide enough locations in which the company would install Wi-Fi kiosks. “They sent me on Jan. 10 a notice of termination letter, on the fact that… we were supposed to be at the first 150 locations, and we were unable to do that,” said Angel Petisco, director of Miami-Dade’s Information Technology Department. “Subsequent to that, I sent them a letter acknowledging their termination request and the contract has fallen through at this point.” The contract spelled out minimum and maximum numbers of devices to be produced, set timelines for wh