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Transportation moves people, connects places and creates economic opportunities. Miami-Dade County continues to make major investments in its transportation system to meet the current and future mobility needs of our population and businesses. Progress was made on the Baylink rail project that will connect Miami to Miami Beach, and on the All Aboard Florida rail project that will shuttle passengers between Miami and Orlando in under three hours. Meanwhile, Miami International Airport retained its status as a perennial leader in international freight, and PortMiami took a major step forward in its preparations for the opening of the Panama Canal.

• The PortMiami Tunnel opened this summer, and its benefits are already being felt. This toll-free dedicated roadway connector links the Port with the MacArthur Causeway and Interstate 395, improving access to and from the Port for more than 14,000 vehicles each day. As a result, Downtown Miami surface roads are less congested.

• In partnership with the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX), Freight Forwarders and the trucking community, a MDX Multi-Axle Frequency Discount Policy was introduced providing a discounted rate to vehicles with a valid SunPass. The discount provides an incentive for truckers who make frequent trips to and from the port to use expressways rather than local streets.

• On-dock rail service is now fully operational at PortMiami. The new Sunshine Gateway Service augments the port’s efforts to continue serving as a major global logistics hub, allowing containerized cargo to reach 70 percent of the U.S. population in four days or less.

• The Rickenbacker and Venetian causeways converted to electronic toll collection, resulting in increased efficiencies and improved mobility. Motorists now use SunPass and Toll-by- Plate to pay their tolls, thereby alleviating traffic congestion at toll booths.

• Completed the Rickenbacker West Bridge/Bear Cut Rehabilitation, a $34.57M project that extended the life of the bridges and improved vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle safety. Enhancements included a new superstructure for the two bridges and the installation of two 14-foot-wide bicycle/ pedestrian protected paths at a cost of approximately $8.5 million. These investments are part of the County’s continued commitment to ensure the safety of cyclists and pedestrians as we all share the road.

• As part of a broader effort to improve transit service using dynamically generated data, real-time arrival times were introduced for nine bus routes, including Route 150—the Miami Beach Airport Flyer. Real-time arrival times for the remaining routes will be rolled out over the next several months.

• Miami-Dade Transit completed its upgrade of the Metrorail’s central control equipment in preparation for the arrival of 136 new rail cars. A new traction power sub-station was installed near the Palmetto Metrorail station, making it possible to increase the current rail cars’ speed, and to ensure that the new rail cars will operate reliably between the Palmetto and Okeechobee stations.

• Transit won first place in the 2014 Bus Safety Awards presented by the Florida Public Transportation Association. During the previous year, Transit achieved a rate of just three incidents per 1 million passenger trips in its more than 78 million passenger trips.

• The final phase of the Miami International Airport North Terminal Development project was completed in March, marking the end of the airport’s $6.5 billion Capital Improvement Program and the beginning of a new era at the Gateway of the Americas. The final phase of the North Terminal will allow international arrivals at Concourse D to claim their bags and immediately check them in for connecting flights via dedicated ticket counters linked to a new completely automated baggage delivery system.

• MIA’s automated passport control (APC) kiosk service, which was previously only available to U.S. citizens, was expanded to include travelers from the 38 countries within the U.S. Department of State’s Visa Waiver Program, and legal permanent U.S. residents. APC kiosks have cut wait times by 40 percent, allowing travelers to have their passports processed in less than two minutes. Approximately 35 percent of international passengers now use these kiosks.

• The lobby of MIA’s 259-room hotel got a total makeover, with an expanded, modernized check-in area, full-service lounge and sushi bar. A new 70-inch flat screen TV, installed in time for the World Cup in June, has been a big hit with sports fans during long layovers.

• MIA launched its official mobile app—MIA Airport Official— which offers travelers real-time flight tracking and information on parking, ground transportation, dining options, nearby airport amenities and more in both English and Spanish. To date, there have been more than 9,000 downloads of the app.

• The Board of County Commissioners approved the creation of the Ambassador Cab Program, requiring any taxicab for-hire license holder picking up passengers at MIA and the Port to comply with certain technological standards, such as credit card payment and a global positioning dispatch system. The Board also passed service requirements, such as opening doors for passengers and loading and loading luggage.

• Initiated the master planning of The Underline, a 10-mile stretch of underutilized land beneath the Metrorail from Dadeland South to the Miami River, that will be transformed into an iconic linear park and world-class urban trail directly linked to transit. Construction is set to begin in 2016.

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