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FIRST ANNIVERSARY EDITION -  AUGUST 2018
Ahhh, the last lazy days of summer. While you’re soaking up the end of the season, we’re extremely proud and happy to be commemorating the first anniversary of MOBLITY 305. 

We have rolled out so many great stories about mobility in our community and the hard working staff who make it all happen. It has been a great year for the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) and our MOBILITY 305 readers have acknowledged it. In its first year, the top three fan favorites were stories related to Metrorail’s new trains, our EASY Perks program, and updates regarding the adaptive smart signals / Transit Signal Project (TSP) projects.  

A big “thank you” goes out to our readers for their support! We would like to also share three of our own favorite stories that added some color and sabor to MOBILITY 305.
Water scavengers: A behind the scenes look at the Public Work’s Canal Maintenance crew and their hard work to keep our waterways clean. 
Above and beyond: A snapshot of how DTPW went above and beyond to aid our community during Hurricane Irma.
Abuela’s Transit Tips: A recap of the hilarious good transit manners campaign starring social media sensation, Jenny Lorenzo, and her trending Abuela character. 

We have brought you these and many other stories during the first year of MOBILITY 305 and we look forward to bringing you many more. 
The South Dade TransitWay is moving forward
On Thursday, August 30, the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) Governing Board voted on the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for the South Dade TransitWay corridor and selected Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) as the most feasible mode of transportation for this corridor. 
Once completed, BRT will provide rail-like travel time, iconic stations, level boarding and pre-paid fares for speedy entry, enhanced safety features and other upgrades along dedicated lanes with multi-layered service lines on the TransitWay, a 20-mile corridor from Florida City to Dadeland South. The South Dade TransitWay is one of the six SMART Plan corridors that will directly support the mobility of our population and the County’s employment growth. 

What’s up next for this corridor? Completion of the final design and start construction of the project. BRT is scheduled to begin operation by 2022.        
TransitWay bus shelters are getting new canopies 
Also on the South Dade TransitWay… DTPW has already installed ten new canopies at five key northbound and southbound bus shelters from SW 136 Street to SW 200 Street. The canopies, which were destroyed during Hurricane Irma, provide cover and comfort from the elements. Installation of these canopies, 30 in total, will continue during the next two months until all bus shelters are completely covered. 
What a great-looking couple!
You’ve got to admit – those two look great side-by-side! And beyond the beauty of their sleek, cool design, they both offer a myriad of modern amenities, safety features, and a comfortable ride. There are now eight brand new four-car trains servicing Metrorail customers since November 30, 2017, when the first train in the 33-year history of the system went out for its inaugural ride. The eight new trains are already helping to improve Metrorail’s overall frequency and reliability. Once all 136 new train cars are delivered and put into service, they will completely replace our legacy fleet.

At the same time, our fleet of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses has been growing fast since March, and there are now 80 CNG buses servicing Metrobus passengers countywide. A total of 300 CNG buses will be placed into service as part of the most aggressive bus replacement program in our County’s history. Keep an eye out for these CNG and new Metrorail beauties on the road and on our tracks.
Looking out for our passengers
Top Left to Right: Arsenio Cue (Promoted), Lakenya McPherson (Promoted), Uriah Sterling (Promoted), Marva Bembry-Mincy (Promoted), Schneider St. Preux (Lead Worker), John Gilbert III (Lead Supervisor), Lorenzo McKinney (Lead Supervisor), Rene Molina (Lead Supervisor). Bottom Left to Right: Joel Perez (Bus Operations, General Superintendent), Derrick Gordon (Bus Operations, Assistant Director), Felipe Hermida (Bus Operations, Division Chief). 
 
Replacing our Metrobuses with brand new CNG buses is just one way the Department is working to improve service for Miami-Dade residents. Another way is by having outstanding technicians, administrators, operators, and, of course, supervisors looking out for our customers’ needs, comfort, and safety. To accomplish this, DTPW provides multiple training and promotion opportunities. Such is the case of the most recent Transit Operations Supervisors (TOS) graduation class. After a successful 13-week dispatch and field training, four staff members became DTPW’s newest supervisors in early August and are now helping to improve Metrobus service for our commuters. Congratulations to all four and to the entire Metrobus family!  
Spending less time behind the wheel
Smart signals have been installed and activated at 284 intersections from Miami Gardens to Homestead. This means that soon drivers will be spending less time behind the wheel and more time where they need to go in Miami-Dade County.

At the same time, activation of Transit Signal Priority (TSP) is also moving forward throughout the County. Not to be confused with ESP, TSP controllers communicate with Metrobuses at digital speed to extend a green light or shorten a red light for the bus.  Passengers aboard two express routes on the South Dade TransitWay are already enjoying as much as a 25 percent travel time savings during their morning commute. What’s next? TSP activation on Kendall Dr. Once the smart signals and TSP projects are fully activated and fine-tuned they will help improve traffic flow throughout 10 of the County’s busiest roadways.  
Finding much more than mobility solutions!
Left to Right: Felicia Peed (Clerk 2), Mavis Hopper (Transit Service Center Supervisor), Elliot Amores (Transit Service Specialist)
 
Our new dedicated Lost and Found staff works tirelessly to make sure patrons can find any items they misplace while riding Miami-Dade Transit. Such was the case when Mr. Gray lost his Swiss wallet containing $405 in cash, two credit cards, a Corporate EASY Card, and other valuable items. Luckily, a Good Samaritan turned in the wallet in to DTPW’s Lost and Found. At that point, staff took on the challenge of finding Mr. Gray even though they didn’t have a missing item report, nor any personal information in the wallet. It took some detective work, but staff were able to find him and return his wallet a few days later. He was very thankful and our Lost and Found personnel was overjoyed to have gone the extra mile. 

If you lose an item while riding Miami-Dade Transit, you can contact Lost and Found at 786-469-5564, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or via email.
Here’s an EASY math question
Saving 50% on school transportation cost is a great deal: True or False? True! Students in Miami-Dade County, from preschool all the way through college, can take advantage of significant discounts to ride Metrobus or Metrorail. Students who qualify for the K-12 EASY Card, can ride for half price the fare cost, and full-time college students at participating schools can purchase a 1-Month EASY Card for $56.25, which is 50% off the regular price. And don’t forget, riding Metromover is always free for everyone!  
Psst… have you heard?  
The secret on how to save a little extra cash with Miami-Dade Transit is out. EASY Card and EASY Ticket holders are saving money at dozens of local merchants thanks to DTPW’s award-winning EASY Perks discount program. To help promote EASY Perks, DTPW took it a step further and launched a new engaging event series, Perk-n-Ride.  

Throughout the summer, Miami-Dade Transit riders enjoyed free giveaways and discounts from some of our EASY Perks partners at various Metrorail stations. And August was no exception. Pinecrest Bakery and Shorty’s BBQ delighted Metrorail riders with free goodies at the South Miami and Civic Center stations, respectively on two separate occasions this month. If you missed these two, don’t worry – just follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to find out when and where the next Perk-n-Ride event will be. 

Own a business and you’re interested in promoting it for free? You’ve come to the right place!    
Happy Labor Day weekend!
DTPW administrative offices will be closed on Monday, September 3, in observance of Labor Day. However, STS customers can still call the STS reservation number (305-871-1111) to reserve or cancel a trip. Metrorail and Metromover services will run on a Sunday schedule, and Metrobus routes that provide only weekday service, such as the I-95 Express routes, will not run on Monday. 

To plan a trip on transit during the holiday weekend or anytime, riders can download the free Miami-Dade Transit Tracker app; and to simply PAY.SCAN.RIDE, customers can download our newest version of the EASY Pay Miami app. Find out more about Miami-Dade Transit and other County services during the holiday weekend on our website.  

Have a safe and fun-filled Labor Day weekend and see you next month!  
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