Even though the summer months are here we all can still enjoy our beatiful community, by being outside and taking advantage of the many beatiful yet hidden areas of Miami. Biking in our city is one of my most favorite things to do, and it is arguably the most “green” ways to live one’s life. One of my favorite areas is Simpson Hammock Park along South Miami Avenue. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Simpson_Park_Hammock_Downtown_Miami.jpg
Simpson Hammock park is a wonderful reminder of what our comunity used to look like at the turn of the 20th century. A pristine nature reserve complete with trails and events for both adults and children really make this place one of the “green” places in all of Miami. And its right here in our neighborhood! What makes Simpson Hammock park even more wonderful is that right now along the North and South bike lanes on South Miami Avenue the Royal Poincetta trees are in full bloom. An afternoon spent biking along these bike lanes to Simpson Hammock park is a wonderful way to spend a day, and a wonderful example of how one can live a more “green” life here on Brickell.
Most major cities have one. Now, the Greater Miami area has express bus service from Miami International Airport to one of its most popular destinations - Miami Beach.
As part of the bus service adjustments that began on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, Miami-Dade Transit introduced the new Airport Flyer (Route 150) – an express bus route that makes going to Miami International Airport fast, easy, convenient and economical for travelers and airport employees.
The Airport Flyer provides express service between MIA and Miami Beach, making one stop at the Earlington Heights Metrorail station. Buses run every 30 minutes, from about 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. For just $2.35 each way, passengers can ride aboard 40-foot buses equipped with luggage racks and comfortable seating. Buses are specially branded for easy identification by the public.
This bus route, which is being funded by a grant from the Federal Transit Administration, provides a rapid, reliable and inexpensive transit connection for the more than 4.8 million of visitors who travel to Miami Beach each year from MIA. The route also will provide viable transportation for those who work at the airport or in the Miami Beach restaurant and hotel industry.
On its first day in service, Dec. 13th, the Airport Flyer had more than 800 passengers who took advantage of this new service.
To make it more convenient for travelers to plan their transit trips, Miami-Dade Transit worked closely with MIA to refurbish the bus stop waiting area at the airport, which is located in Terminal E lower level (arrivals), right across from short-term parking. Here travelers can find complete transit information, along with an electronic transit kiosk and an EASY Card ticket vending machine. For only $5, travelers can purchase a 1-Day Pass on an EASY Card or EASY Ticket, and enjoy unlimited rides on transit for one day.
The Airport Flyer is a bi-directional route. From the airport, buses travel along State Road 112, make one stop at the Earlington Heights Station, and continue east on Interstate 195/Julia Tuttle Causeway into Miami Beach.
Eastbound, after serving the Earlington Heights Station, the route serves the bus stops on 41 Street at Alton Road and at Sheridan Avenue – stopping near St. Patrick Church and nearby restaurants; on the westbound direction, the route also serves the bus stop on 41 Street at Indian Creek Drive. The route travels south on Indian Creek Drive and Collins Avenue, serving all local bus stops between 41 and 16 streets.
On Collins Avenue, you are a brief walk away from popular sites, such as the Bass Museum of Art, and the Delano and Shore Club hotels, among others. The route also serves the bus stops at Washington Avenue and Lincoln Road, and at 17 Street and Convention Center Drive, with the last stop on 19 Street and Convention Center Drive.
The Airport Flyer provides a connection to the South Beach Local on Washington Avenue at Lincoln Road and on 17 Street at Convention Center Drive. These two stops are within walking distance from restaurants and shops located on Lincoln Road Mall.
To view the Airport Flyer’s schedule and route map, visit www.miamidade.gov/transit.
On or some time after December 13, 2009 Miami Dade Transit will be adjusting 36 routes, and adding two new ones.
These changes are what MDT calls SERI, Service Efficiency and Restructuring Initiative. The idea, as laid out in a Nov. 3 memorandum to the County Commission, is to: reduce cost, duplication, and underutilized service.
On paper the recommendations sound interesting. The memorandum (and other documents included) estimates 17,500 additional daily bus-to-bus transfers. To reduce the fiscal burden this would put upon the ridership, MDT will eliminate any cost associated with transfers within 3 hours of the initial leg of a trip.
While there is much more of interest in these changes (and promises made as part of these changes, such as “an aggressive SERI implementation plan” which includes but is not limited to the outrageous first bullet: disseminating information through marketing campaign, do they know Dec 13th is a month away? Quite aggressiveindeed !) I would like to focus on how the services changes will affect riders, specifically the Collins Ave/Miami Beach transit corridor, which has at least five rout adjustments.
Various busses currently enter the Beach and then run either up or down the remainder of its span. The G, H, and J bus will now no longer do this. They will enter Miami Beach, and shortly thereafter reverse back to whence they came. The K bus will be eliminated.
The bus drivers I’ve spoken with so far are a bit nervous about these changes because they put the burden of transferring on ANYONE who enters the Beach on these busses and isn’t going to their respective end-points. However, the S route will still run all the way down the Beach, but more importantly the Beach Max, which stops where the G, H, and J will end, will double its frequency!
This is precisely the sort of compensating service necessary to ensure that the aforementioned route changes don’t impose a large burden on riders. It isn’t a perfect compromise, as the Beach Max will still have limited stops on the Beach, but those riding there for work will most likely be well served by these changes.
I invite others to look at the proposed changes and share with us ways they see things falling out. I hope MDT takes advantage of the constant data-set the new Easy card system provides to often reassess their decisions and strive to offer better service in a very poorly served county.
An article about Maryland’s more than decade old smarth growth plan appeared recently on Planetizen from the Washington Post:
The article, which references a recent study, explains how much of a failure the smart growth plan has been in that state-not because the plan itself was bad, but because enforcement of the plan was non-existence.
The City of Miami now has it’s own form based zoning code, Miami 21, which offers the city a marvelous opportunity to develop better, but it also has an incoming mayor who doesn’t seem to understand it at all.
With this historic opportunity comes immeasurable responsibility on the parts of citizens who want Miami to develop with the interests of pedestrians in mind.
From what I gather of Regalado he advocates moving back to a car centric, community dividing governance strategy.
This is a call to arms! (figuratively)
Let’s be the change we want to see in the world by defending Miami 21 against the oncoming hordes of special interests and backwards looking homeowners associations. Let’s fight to make sure the Bicycle Master plan is actively used when the Commission makes its decisions.
More than anything though let us band together and become the community we so desperately want in this area.
A few months back a survey reported in various news organizations found that people may spend as much as $40 million a year on the homeless in the form of donations to panhandlers.
Well the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust has developed a new program, reported here in the herald:
Instead of giving money to the homeless, give them the phone number for the Homeless Hotline, whose sole purpose is to help homeless people get their life together.
They’re also setting up special meters around the city where people can donate change and money to the Trust to actually help the homeless.
The next time a bum bugs you for spare change at the Omni, or anywhere, give them some actual help, 1-877-994-HELP.
I’m linking to a quick little article over on Bike Portland about the new Audi A3 TV ad, and how it mocks alternative forms of transit such as biking, using a Segway, or riding a bus.
The potential of this payment system is by any means not limited to public transit. In a city where these systems have been put in place the transit cards have actually become of accepted payment in may diverse areas, from 7-11 and other convenience stores, grocery stores, food & beverage vending machines, parking garages and meters to taxis. I have also seen them used to help encourage alternative routes of pedestrian traffic with the placement of a fair discount machine where if you tap your card on it you get an fair discount on your next transit ride. These transit payment systems have become so ingrained in the area that credit card company’s actually embed the RFID tags into they credit cards allowing credit card holders to us the credit card to ride city transit with payment against their credit card account.
One thing these payment systems allow for is easier distance based transit fare collection. This is where you only pay for the actual distance traveled. This is where you swipe your card when entering the transit system (usually metro systems) and then you ride to your destination and swipe your card on exit. This if you normally travel a short distance and do not use the full zone most transit system use. These systems can be applied to a bus system model where if the exit swipe is not made the full fair can be deducted from the open rides not completed. This type of system makes those quick hops on and off the transit more reasonable and make the decision to not drive for those unplanned trips around town.
I wonder if they (Miami-Dade) ever plan on doing anything with the old railroad track that runs parallel with the 826. I believe it starts near Dadeland Station and runs North between SW 67th Ave and 72nd Ave until you get to the airport. I know that between Sunset and Coral Way, those tracks have been removed and covered with cement. However, the space it runs through would be ideal as Western/suburban N/S Metrorail route. While the tracks run through neighborhoods, there is already unused space suitable for tracks. This would be great…a direct route to the airport from Dadeland, not to mention some 826 traffic alleviation. This type of new infrastructure (adding new stations, bridges, etc) would be extremely difficult, and knowing Miami, this would never happen; but I just wanted to know if this had ever been discussed. There is so much unused space sitting where the tracks used to be between houses, along streets, etc.
Hello Transit Miami!
This might not be much, but it means a lot to me. A week ago I noticed what looks like new bike lanes! They were added recently near SW 137th Ave and 152nd ST. It’s approximately 2 miles long (stretching from 152nd ST to 184th ST-on both north & south bound lanes). would like to see more-however this is a huge first step. This is a major corridor a couple of blocks from where i live and i ride my bike around this area. In the weekends i always see a group of about 10-15 cyclists taking this route wrestling with cars so they must be very happy. Been living in this area for 7 years and i say it was about time!! Hoping they keep adding more lanes. Finally a sign that we’re progressing!
Anyway i just thought i should share this with you. Please see attachments. I included a picture. I could only upload one at a time. I’ll see if i can send another one. Thank You for your time
The Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) serves as the unified voice of Broward County to state and federal legislators about transportation needs and concerns. As the County’s voice, the MPO places special emphasis on providing equal access to transportation planning choices through public outreach initiatives. The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) process is one of many ways that the MPO engages the public. It is also how the MPO evaluates the needs and choices involved in transportation infrastructure planning.
The 2035 LRTP is a blueprint for the comprehensive county transportation system. Over the past year the Broward MPO worked with communities throughout the county to define their desired transportation services and to develop the 2035 LRTP. As a result the Broward MPO is now shifting its transportation focus from roadway to transit services. With this phase completed the Cost Feasible Plan is being developed; this plan will prioritize the list of transportation projects that will be implemented over the next 20 years. These projects address transit, pedestrian, bicycle, greenway, safety, security, and roadway improvements.
Join us at one of the following public workshops to comment and share your ideas… you should be a part of this vision by participating in a discussion about TRANSPORTATION TRANSFORMATION in Broward County…Broward MPO 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan.
General Public Workshop
Monday, September 14, 2009, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
South Regional Library/BCC
Presentation 6:30 PM
7300 Pines Boulevard, Multi-Purpose Room
Pembroke Pines, FL
Business Forum (focus on Innovative Financing & Economic Development)
Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 8:30AM - 10:30 AM
The Signature Grand
6900 SR 84
Davie, FL 33317
General Public Workshop
Saturday, September 19, 2009, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Presentation 10:30 AM
Emma Lou Olson Civic Center
1801 NE 6th Street
Pompano Beach, FL
For more information please contact Lindsay Diven at firstname.lastname@example.org or 954.315.1038 or visit the project website at www.broward2035lrtp.com.
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