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SEPTEMBER 2018
Fall is here! And as our DTPW family prepares to enjoy the season, we also give thanks for all our hard-working and dedicated employees, some of whom are highlighted in this edition of MOBILITY 305.
The women of rail
photo of Felicia Zinnerman, Structure Repair; Deborah McLeish, Track Repair; Iraida Mujica, Lead Track Repair; Iris Callwood, Guideway Inspection Specialist
From left to right: Felicia Zinnerman, Structure Repair; Deborah McLeish, Track Repair; Iraida Mujica, Lead Track Repair; Iris Callwood, Guideway Inspection Specialist. These Track and Guideway women are proving that just because a job sounds tough, doesn’t mean it’s no place for a woman.
 
Behind every good system, there are great women. Meet Iris Callwood, Deborah McLeish, Iraida Mujica, and Felicia Zinnerman, four members of our Track and Guideway team. Their primary duty is to make sure the tracks are perfectly aligned and free of any issues. These staff members must be technical experts on track safety; and at the same time, they can’t be shy when it comes to manual labor. Day or night, these workers drill and dig rocks, hammer joints and spikes, chip concrete with heavy tools, and clear vegetation, among other rugged duties. 

Their passion and dedication is evident and their positive disposition makes a real difference. Mujica, a 15-year veteran on the team, has received Employee of the Month and other recognitions from the Department; and Callwood was recently promoted to Guideway Inspector Specialist after six years as a track repairer. Kudos to them and their team; and the next time you’re riding on a Metrorail train, think of Callwood, McLeish, Mujica, and Zinnerman -- they are part of the Metrorail team who make sure you have a safe and smooth trip.
Storm drain troopers
A DTPW maintenance crew works on a clogged storm drain that caused street flooding near NW 25 St. and 91 Ave. on October 8, 2017.
 
Storm drains are just as important as roads, bridges, and waterways. After all, without the County's storm drain system, we wouldn't be able to mitigate the heavy South Florida downpours and prevent street flooding. When storm drains are clogged, rain water is not able to flow freely through the drainage system, which then causes street flooding. That’s why our Public Works maintenance crews work diligently to keep debris out of more than four million linear feet of storm drains countywide.

What many residents may not be aware of is that some street flooding can be avoided, or minimized, by making sure that storm drains are clear of grass clippings, leaves, and other debris. This means that everyone -- from landscapers to residents -- can help prevent street flooding by simply bagging freshly mowed grass or mulching grass clippings. It’s also important to remember that blowing grass clippings and leaves onto streets and sidewalks or into drains is considered littering and is subject to a fine. So, do the right thing and don’t blow it, bag it!      
Connecting residents with parks and transit-oriented experiences 
The County's Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces (PROS) Department has partnered with DTPW to make our riders’ commute a little greener. Passengers at the Dadeland South Metrorail station would have noticed a new green space, complete with faux grass, a picnic table, and plenty of plants. The goal of the pop-up park is to connect the community with parks and transit, as well as to increase residents’ awareness of and improve the experience with both services. If you missed it this month, don’t worry we’re working on bringing you four more pop-up parks at Metrorail stations in 2019. 
Update on the TransitWay bus shelters
Work continues to progress on the South Dade TransitWay Canopy replacement project. The northbound and southbound shelters at S.W. 104 and S.W. 136 streets are now completely covered with brand new canopies. Overall, DTPW has installed 20 new canopies at 14 bus shelters in both directions of the TransitWay from SW 104 Street to SW 200 Street. The canopies, which were destroyed during Hurricane Irma, provide cover and comfort from the elements. Installation of the canopies at these bus shelters, 30 in total, is expected to be completed by mid-November. 
Where are the smartest signals of them all?
Commuters traveling through portions of US-1, Miami Gardens Dr. and Biscayne Blvd. may have noticed that more smart traffic signals have been installed. DTPW recently activated 11 adaptive smart signals on Biscayne Blvd., seven on Miami Gardens Dr. and 31 signals along US-1. These 49 smart signals are part of the 300 intersections that are being upgraded with this technology.

This project is a five-year $160 million effort to improve mobility along the County’s ten busiest corridors. The first corridor that benefited from smart signals is a portion of NW 36 Street in the Doral area where the equipment has yielded a 10 percent travel time savings for drivers. Smart signals are capable of rapidly adjusting signal timing according to traffic conditions and speeds. As traffic volume increases and travel speeds decrease, the system will increase green light time for commuters. To date, 284 of the 300 smart signals have been installed. 

This technology will also enable Transit Signal Priority (TSP) for buses. TSP works by communicating with DTPW Metrobuses as they approach intersections, which then allows the equipment to extend green lights or shorten red lights for the buses. TSP has already been activated along the South Dade TransitWay and is already providing an approximate 25% in travel time savings for Metrobus Route 34 and 10% for Route 39. TSP is also active and being fine-tuned on Kendall Drive. This means that drivers and Metrobus passengers will benefit from additional travel time savings countywide as we move forward with this mobility project. 
Expanding our clean energy fleet
Many Metrobus commuters may have already noticed our brand new, clean energy Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses out on the road. That’s because the total number of CNG buses released into service is very close to reaching 100. Our CNG buses are assembled in Alabama, and 116 have been delivered since March 2018. Once each new CNG bus arrives, it is road tested and prepped for service. A total of 300 CNG buses will be placed into service by the end of 2019 as part of the most aggressive bus replacement program in our County’s history.
 
In the meantime, the department has continued to seek additional funding sources such as federal grants to replace older buses; and this month, we received great news from U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao when she announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will award $366.2 million in grants to improve the safety and reliability of America’s bus systems. The County’s bus replacement program is one of the 107 nationwide projects that will receive funding from this grant. This means that DTPW will receive $11 million to replace existing diesel buses, enabling Miami-Dade County to continue increasing its clean energy fleet.
Look out for a new warning system
Earlier this month, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Six launched a new 95 Express Warning Gate System (WGS) at several express lane entrances in Miami-Dade County. The new WGS is a pilot program that provides a physical barrier across the entrance to prevent motorists from entering the express lanes when they are closed for incident management, maintenance, or other unforeseen circumstances. So, keep an eye out for this new gate system on I-95 and drive safely.
How to save money with us
Senior citizens, social security beneficiaries, veterans, and low-income Miami-Dade County residents can ride Transit free or for half the price.  Applications must be submitted in person at a Transit Service Center, 311 Service Center or City of Miami NET Office. Also, thanks to the City of Miami Neighborhood Enhancement Team, Transit now has five new City of Miami NET Office locations that process Golden Passport applications.

Full-time College students who attend participating local colleges, universities, technical and/or vocational schools can take advantage of the College Discount Program and students in grade K-12 who attend public, charter or private schools in Miami-Dade County can take advantage of the K-12 Program.

For more information, please contact EASY Card Services directly at 786-469-5151, 305-263-5475 for TTY users via email easycard@miamidade.gov or Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding County observed Holidays).  
EASY Perks promo  
Miami Broward Carnival is offering $5 off General Admission tickets to Miami Carnival, Sunday, October 7, or any other event - Junior Carnival, Panorama Competition or Jourvet. Online code Transit18.  This offer expires October 7, 2018.             

If you own a local business and would like to participate in our EASY Perks program, signing up is easy and free. Just fill out our online application.    
Small steps for a big cause
DTPW is commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness Month by rolling out two Metrorail cars and two Metrobuses wrapped in pink during the month of October. 

DTPW staff is also very involved in the cause. Team TOOT - Totally On Our Tracks – participates in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. This year, the team will join others in the annual event at Marlins Park at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 27.
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