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JULY 2018
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A $100k cash prize to test or implement an innovative idea, EASY Pay Miami gets an upgrade, smart signals are activated, music and swag for our riders, a SMART Plan update and how we care for those in need in our community. These and other stories in our July edition of MOBILITY 305. 
Beyond a comfortable ride
Many people may not be aware that Metrobus is much more than a comfortable ride. It’s not uncommon for Miami-Dade Transit bus supervisors and operators to respond to the community when called upon by local and national emergency agencies. On July 18, we quickly mobilized and provided three Metrobuses as temporary relief stations for evacuees when an apartment building caught fire in northwest Miami-Dade. Thanks to Supervisor Juan Diaz and the bus operators who answered the call during this emergency, community residents and their loved ones were able to enjoy a little comfort during a trying time.      
It’s a “go” for smart signals 
Great news – Transit Signal Priority (TSP) has been fine-tuned at 46 intersections on the South Dade TransitWay. During a demonstration ride held on July 17, passengers got to experience how Metrobus Route 34 Express is saving about 17 minutes on its 20-mile commute from Florida City to Dadeland South. Down to approximately 50 minutes, the same bus route used to take 67 minutes prior to TSP activation on the TransitWay. 

Another key accomplishment for the smart signals project is that commuters along a portion of Miami Gardens Drive as well as U.S. 1 should start seeing travel time improvements soon thanks to the new adaptive smart signals installed on those corridors. On July 23, we activated seven adaptive smart signals on Miami Gardens Dr., from NW 87 Avenue to Bobolink Drive; and 31 signals on U.S. 1, from SW 98 Street near the Dadeland South Metrorail station to SW 16 Avenue near I-95. Moving forward, the TSP and Smart Signals project will help improve traffic flow throughout 10 of the County’s busiest roadways once completed.  
A SMART Plan update 
The Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit “SMART” Plan is also moving forward. The South Dade TransitWay recommended alternative will be discussed at the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) Governing Board during a special meeting tentatively scheduled for Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 10 a.m. The TPO Governing Board is expected to vote on the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for this corridor. The goal is to select the most feasible mode of transportation for this corridor, which runs from Florida City to Dadeland. The viable alternatives that the TPO Board Members will be voting on are Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), which provides rail-like fast travel time; and heavy rail, which would provide an extension of Metrorail service. The South Dade TransitWay is one of the six SMART Plan corridors that will directly support the mobility of our future population and employment growth.    
No cash? No problem!  
It just got a lot easier to ride Miami-Dade Transit if you don’t have cash on you. With the improved EASY Pay Miami app, users can simply “PAY.SCAN.RIDE.” The app, which launched on June 30, now offers 7-Day and 1-Day passes, the ability to manage your EASY Card account, a fresh color scheme and other upgrades. The new app is available on the App and Google Play stores. Check it out – it’s the easiest way to pay, scan and ride.
Your mobility idea could be worth up to $100k
Do you have an innovative idea that could potentially improve mobility in Miami-Dade County? Then, you could win up to $100,000 to test or implement it. In last month’s edition of MOBILITY 305, we mentioned the launch of our partnership with Ford’s City of Tomorrow Challenge. The challenge aims to find meaningful mobility improvements with immediate impact for residents, and support long-term enhancements for how people get around. On the City of Tomorrow’s website, residents, businesses and community organizations can share how they use transportation in Miami-Dade, and submit ideas on how to best improve mobility in our community. But hurry – applications will be accepted until September 17, 2018. Ford has hosted two community workshops, one in Wynwood and the other at the Florida International University campus in Sweetwater to get the conversation started and ideas flowing. There are two more workshops scheduled on August 9 and August 22. 
Mission accomplished for ‘Abuela’s Transit Tips’
Last month we launched ‘Abuela’s Transit Tips’ – a series of videos to remind everyone that good manners go a long way. The four videos were produced in English, Spanish and Creole, and starring Social Media sensation, Jenny Lorenzo as her famous and hilarious “Abuela” character. All of the videos combined have reached more than 96,000 unique views on Facebook and Instagram since their release in early June. 

Check out all four videos:
Our way of saying thank you! 
To the beat of HOT105 and Y100, Miami-Dade Transit riders enjoyed free munchies and discounts from Dunkin’ Donuts, Lulu’s Ice Cream and Chick-Fil-A as part of our Perk-n-Ride events in July. Perk-n-Ride is our way of featuring the various local merchants that offer a special discount to all EASY Card or EASY Ticket holders through our award-winning EASY Perks program. It is also our way of saying thank you to our customers. Next month’s Perk-n-Ride events will be at the South Miami Metrorail station on August 7 and Civic Center Metrorail station on August 28. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to find out more.
Music to your ears 
Monday mornings just got a little livelier with PAXY’s Wake up Miami Summer series. Commuters can enjoy free live music and performances at the Government Center Metrorail station on select Monday mornings at 8:30 a.m. The performances are scheduled to run through December 2018. Make sure to check them out for a cheerful start to your Monday mornings.  
Guess who’s turning one?
You guessed it! We’ll be celebrating MOBILITY 305’s first anniversary in August. We have rolled-out so many great stories about mobility in our community and the hard-working staff who make it all happen. Do you recall your favorite MOBILITY 305 story? Let us know by sending it to dtpwmarketing@miamidade.gov 
See you next month.  

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