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.
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South Regional Library/BCC
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