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JUNE 2018
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No time to slow down!
Summer is officially here! That means fun times at the beach and parks, family vacations and summer camps. But for Miami-Dade’s Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) there is no slowing down as we continue to move forward with many new mobility projects. Check them out! 
Abuela reminds everyone to #RespectYourRide
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The word is out about our latest good manners videos, ‘Abuela’s Transit Tips’ and thousands of social media followers have given it “a thumbs up!” We recently partnered with YouTube sensation, Jenny Lorenzo, to create four videos, featuring her famous and hilarious “Abuela” character, to show transit riders the importance of good etiquette on board our vehicles. The first video was launched through our Facebook and Instagram accounts on June 7 and each week after. Abuela Yenny has brought a different video covering topics from the proper way to board our trains and buses, to being mindful of other passengers. In the end, respecting each other and our shared spaces makes it a better transit experience for everyone. 

Check out all four videos: 
-Metrorail Boarding in English, Spanish and Creole
-Bus Boarding in English, Spanish and Creole
-Seat Etiquette in English, Spanish and Creole
-On Board Behavior in English, Spanish and Creole
Great news - Your ticket to a smooth ride is here! The new and improved EASY Pay Miami app is now available for IOS and Android phones. In addition to a fresh color scheme, the new EASY Pay app offers several cool features such as the capability to buy a 7-Day EASY Pass and a 1-Day EASY Pass, EASY Card account balance information, auto-loads for passes and other upgrades. Check out the app – it’s the easiest way to pay, scan and ride. 

Working on the City of Tomorrow today
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Collaborations and partnerships with the private sector is a great fit for public transportation. So we’re collaborating with Ford Motor Company on a new program to help bring new mobility solutions to our community. Ford’s City of Tomorrow Challenge aims to identify meaningful mobility opportunities that create immediate impact for residents, and support long-term improvements for how people get around. Through City of Tomorrow’s website, residents, businesses and community organizations are invited to share how they use transportation in Miami-Dade, and submit ideas on how to best improve mobility in our community. Applications open July 9 for a chance to win up to $100,000 to fund pilot projects that test the top solutions in a real-world setting. We are looking forward to start seeing winning solutions implemented in our County.  
Don’t Blow It, Bag It!
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Rainy season is here and with it comes an increased chance of street flooding during heavy downpours. What many residents may not be aware of is that some street flooding could be avoided. By keeping storm drains free of debris like grass clippings and leaves when we cut the lawn, our drains work more efficiently. So we’re reminding landscapers and residents to not blow grass clippings but to bag them instead. Grass clippings and leaves from lawn care activities that are not properly bagged can, and often do, end up in the storm drains. It’s also important to remember that blowing grass clippings and leaves on streets and sidewalks or into drains is considered littering, which is subject to a fine. We are encouraging landscaping professionals and residents to either: bag grass clippings and leaves, blow them back onto the lawn where they can serve as natural mulch, or use a mulching lawn mower. 
Our new fleet is growing
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Back in February, we introduced new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses, which we started to place into service as part of one of the most aggressive bus replacement programs in the County’s history. Now, just four months later, there are already almost 50 CNG buses on the road servicing at least 15 routes, throughout Miami-Dade County. More CNG buses will be added each month until the fleet of 300 buses is complete in 2019. 
Smart Signals nationally recognized
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The County’s Smart Signals project continues to progress with the technology installed at 293 traffic signals and now in learning mode. This means that the software that controls the adaptive signals is being optimized so the signals can better adapt in real-time to driving conditions to improve travel times. Once this project is completed, commuters driving along 10 of the County’s busiest roads will start to see more green lights and a 10 to 15 percent reduction in travel times. The National Association of Counties (NACo), a prestigious national organization recently honored the County’s Information Technology Department (ITD) and DTPW with an Achievement Award in Information Technology for the Smart Signals control technology actively working along the NW 36 Street corridor. Data from this corridor, between 71 and 84 avenues, has shown a 10 percent reduction in travel time. 
Best People-Watching Spot
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And the winner is…Metrobus routes 119 and 120 from Downtown Miami to South Beach. The scenic routes made the Miami New Times Best of Miami® list in the Sports & Recreation category of 2018 as the Best People-Watching Spot in Miami. Both routes are popular among tourists who use them to travel from South Beach to Pérez Art Museum Miami, Bayside Marketplace, Miami Heat games and other locations around Downtown Miami. For this reason, taking those routes makes it the perfect spot to people watch. So whether you’re planning a trip for work or to the beach, or anywhere else Metrobus travels, always remember that you can always plan trips on Transit by using our MDT Tracker app.  
Sweet discounts
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Transit riders have been enjoying our award-winning EASY Perks discount program and have been delighted with our Perk-n-Ride events throughout several Metrorail stations. On June 1, Metrorail commuters enjoyed an extra sweet Perk-n-Ride at Brickell Station as one of our EASY Perks partners, Dunkin’ Donuts, gave away free doughnuts during National Doughnut Day. Towards the end of the month, Corner Bakery Cafe Kendall, surprised riders with free breakfast samples at Dadeland North Station. If you couldn’t make it to these two Perk-n-Ride events in June, not to worry, there are more to come. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to find out about upcoming events.
Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW)

Planning a trip on transit? Download the free Miami-Dade Transit Tracker app
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Also available is the EASY Pay app to scan and ride with your mobile ticket.  More info @ the EASY Pay page .
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Transit riders can also pay for parking with the PayByPhone app
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