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NOVEMBER 2018
A special holiday message:

As we prepare to celebrate the holiday season, it’s important to celebrate the true spirit of the upcoming holidays while also reflecting on this year’s accomplishments. Thank you to all our DTPW employees, our Miami-Dade Transit riders, and, of course, you, our reader! Thank you all for your unyielding efforts to make our home a world-class community. May the true spirit of the holiday season fill your hearts with warmth, cheer, and happiness!

— Alice N. Bravo, P.E.
 Director of Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works
The future is now
DTPW Director Alice N. Bravo, P.E. was among the first to experience a ride across the County on an autonomous vehicle on November 14, 2018.
 
Nine months after Miami-Dade County announced its partnership with Ford Motor Company, testing of their self-driving operations finally began in November. To kick it off, Ford hosted a media event at the Miami Central Station with guest speakers including Florida State Senator Jeff Brandes; Ford’s President and CEO, Jim Hackett; and DTPW’s Director, Alice Bravo. Guests were treated to a ride across the County on an autonomous vehicle. The trip began at the Miami Central station and ended at Ford’s Autonomous Vehicles (AV) Terminal in Wynwood.
Ford City of Tomorrow Challenge Winners
Left to right: Miami winners of Ford’s City of Tomorrow Challenge, Sarvana Pat Bhava, Pik My Kid; Chitra Kanagaraj, Pik My Kid; and Ed Krafcik, Soofa.
 
The Department announced the winners of the 2018 Miami-Dade County and Ford City of Tomorrow Challenge earlier this month. The Challenge, which was first launched in June, brought together officials, residents, and local businesses with the intention of sharing ideas for improving mobility. The winners were: Soofa and PikMyKid. The teams that put together their solutions will each receive $50,000 in funding to test the implementation of their proposal in a real-world setting.

Soofa makes solar-powered digital bulletin boards and proposed to display real-time public and alternative transit options, as well as other local content in up to three neighborhoods. PikMyKid is a mobile app and platform that supports parents and children by making school transportation more efficient, timely, and comfortable.
Travel back to 1958  
The opening night of the highly anticipated Miami Motel Stories: MiMo has arrived! The immersive theater experience will run for three weeks only and feature a unique transit component. Beginning today, November 30, through December 23, guests will have the opportunity to travel back in time with Miami-Dade Transit. A vintage 1958 bus sits at the entrance of the Gold Dust Motel. Those who purchased a room key will begin their evening’s adventure by entering our classic bus and be “transported” to their destination.

Miami Motel Stories: MiMo will tell the story of the old Gold Dust Motel from its opening night in 1957 through its different iterations in the 1960s and ‘70s. Among the many experiences to choose from, there is a Tiki Party on the Boulevard where guests can mingle with hotel guests or enjoy a nightcap.

If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, be sure to use code MiamiMotelEASY for 15% off Thursday and Sunday performances as part of our EASY Perks program. Visit miamimotelstories.com for more details.
The Underline moves forward    
Left to right: DTPW Dir. Alice N. Bravo, P.E.; Miami-Dade County Commissioner for District 5 Eileen Higgins; Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez; Friends of the Underline President and CEO Meg Daly;  Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Esteban L. Bovo, Jr.; City of Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez; Lt. Governor of Florida Carlos Lopez-Cantera; and FDOT Secretary, District 6 Jim Wolfe, P.E.
 
On Thursday, November 1, DTPW broke ground on the Brickell Backyard, the first phase of The Underline. The 10-mile linear park will transform 120 acres of County-owned land below the existing Metrorail guideway into a world-class, multimodal urban trail from the Miami River near Brickell Metrorail station all the way to Dadeland South Metrorail station.

The Underline is a public-private partnership between Miami-Dade County and several municipalities, including the City of Miami; the Florida Department of Transportation, and, of course, the nonprofit Friends of the Underline. Once complete, the linear park will provide a walkable and bikeable corridor that will improve connectivity between surrounding neighborhoods, enhance accessibility to eight Metrorail stations within its path, and serve 107,000 residents within a 10-minute walk.
We can get you there faster   
In an effort to provide an even quicker commute for transit riders traveling to and from Florida City, the Department is now offering nonstop service on Routes 34 Express and 39 Express via Florida’s Turnpike. The trips will take riders between Dadeland South Metrorail station and Florida City (via route 34), and between Dadeland South and South Dade Government Center (via route 39). DTPW has also adjusted five bus routes -- 38 Busway Max, 77, 88, 115 Mid-North Beach Connection, the Cutler Bay Local (Route 200) -- and introduced a new route, the 248 Princeton Circulator, as a means of improving Metrobus service.

Visit our website for a complete list of recent service updates.
SMART updates
On Monday, November 26, the Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) Fiscal Priorities Committee recommended elevated rail as the locally preferred alternative (LPA) for the North Corridor of the SMART Plan. The North Corridor runs along NW 27th Avenue, extending from the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) at Miami International Airport (MIA) to NW 215th Street, at the Miami-Dade/Broward County line. Up next for this corridor, the Committee’s LPA selection will go to the TPO Board for approval on December 6, 2018.

Also, the Beach Corridor public kick-off meeting for the Miami Beach portion is scheduled to take place at the Miami Beach Regional Library on Monday, December 17, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Community members, especially those who commute to or from Miami Beach, are invited to attend this important public meeting. For those who are unable to attend in person, DTPW will be offering a Live Stream via Facebook. Be sure to follow us on Facebook.
Things keep getting easier
Our EASY Pay Miami app recently received another update, making it’s even easier to use. The latest update (v.26) offers several new features such as: Push notifications, Touch ID and Face ID for purchases, and the capability to update current security questions. Since the updated app was launched back in June of this year, there have been over 36,000 downloads – it’s clear transit riders are loving it! EASY Pay really makes it easy to pay, scan, and ride.
Saluting our heroes  
Left to right: Demetria Walker, Bus Operations Superintendent (US Army); Terrence Thomas, Bridge Operator (US Marine Corps); Michael Curtis, Maintenance Mechanic (US Army); Antolin Ruiz, Jr., Division Chief (US Navy); Marshal Miller, Public Works Supervisor 2 (US Navy); Prescilla Foote, Bus Traffic Controller (US Army); Shadel Hamilton, Bus Operator (US Army); Cobb Mitchell, Bus Operator (US Army); Melvin Norton (US Army); Charles Devine, Marketing (US Air Force); Luis Espinoza, Marketing (US Army)
 
November 11th was Veterans Day, and we commemorated with a specially-themed Perk-N-Ride event. Along with our EASY Perks partner Mmmm Cupcakes, riders passing through the Civic Center station on November 9, Friday morning, were treated to a sweet treat. Also in attendance at the event were some DTPW employees who have previously served. Representing all four branches, our men and women were greeted by hundreds of commuters, many of which stopped to shake hands and take photos with our Vets.
Booking time with our community 
The Miami Book Fair commemorated its 35th edition, bringing a slate of notable authors, book vendors, and events to quench the literary thirst of the community. The week-long festival took place at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus with a street fair portion that took place over the weekend of November 16-18. DTPW was once again a part of the street fair with a booth and unique activation featuring one of our brand new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses. Both kids and adults had a great time striking a pose at our photo booth and meeting bus operators Yolanda Brown-Frye and Veronica Jones.           
Holiday shopping with EASY Perks  
Once the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are over, Miami-Dade Transit riders can continue to take advantage of more than 60 perks from local merchants, restaurants, and attractions. It’s all part of our nationally-recognized EASY Perks Program. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or a bite to eat, take advantage of some great perks during your holiday shopping.

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.
An easier way for holiday travel
If your holiday travel plans include a stop at Miami International Airport, don’t forget that Miami-Dade Transit can take you there. Ride the Metrorail’s Orange Line to our Miami Airport station for a seamless connection to your travel destination. The Miami Airport Metrorail Station opened in July 2012 and since then, the Orange Line has become the most affordable choice for getting to and from the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC). This station connects travelers to the Miami International Airport (MIA), Tri-Rail, Greyhound, Metrobus, ride share, taxi services and other modes. Don’t forget that you can also make your first-and-last mile connection by parking at one of Metrorail’s overnight garages for a fraction of the cost compared to other locations. We wish you a happy holidays and safe travels!
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