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- Miami International Airport (MIA) became one of the first two U.S. airports to offer Mobile Passport, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection mobile app that helps speed U.S. and Canadian citizens through the customs process.
- The International Air Transport Association (IATA) designated MIA as the first pharmaceuticals freight hub in the U.S. and only the second in the world.
- In 2015 PortMiami had its best financial year; improving its coverage ratio, augmenting operating revenues to record numbers and increasing its reserve carryover to an all-time record.
- Rail partner Florida East Coast Railway completed on-dock tracks to accommodate rail service linking PortMiami to 70 percent of the U.S. population in four days or less. And the PortMiami Tunnel, completed a year ago, was voted America’s best transportation project.
- Virgin Cruises selected PortMiami as the homeport for the first of the new cruise line’s three new cruise ships to be built. Virgin Cruises plans to offer a range of seven-day Caribbean itineraries from PortMiami starting in 2020. Carnival Corporation also named PortMiami as their homeport for the launch of its new social impact travel brand Fathom, which will embark on seven-day voyages starting in 2016. In addition, Disney Cruise Line is also expanding its cruise operations by approximately $7.8 million in revenue in the next two years.
- In order to ensure that Miami-Dade County is providing clean, safe and reliable transit services, last year, Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) launched a campaign in which Metrobus service aggressively increased its bus cleaning cycle by 200% to provide our customers with a more pleasant riding experience.
- By August of this year, MDT’s buses will be wrapped to give them a cleaner, fresh new look. Additionally MDT continues to work on the construction of 136 new rail cars that will replace Metrorail’s aging fleet.
- MDT placed into service 78 new buses. Forty-three of these new buses are hybrid-articulated buses that were placed in high-ridership areas, such as the South Miami-Dade Busway, and NW 27th Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard corridors.
- Much progress is also being made in providing system-wide, real-time Metrobus tracking information. By April of this year, MDT expects to have real-time bus tracking information available on 96 routes. The public will be able to access real-time bus tracker information via the Department’s mobile website, smartphone applications, the 311 Contact Center, and electronic signs at high-volume bus stops.
- In late 2015, the County launched its first pilot express Metrorail service to and from Downtown Miami to benefit hundreds of commuters who work in Downtown Miami.
- Construction has started on the Pedestrian Overpass at the University Metrorail Station, designed to provide a safer crossing for students, our transit riders and others that wish to cross the heavily traveled U.S. 1 at Mariposa Court.
- For the convenience of Metrorail riders, MDT has begun construction of parking space counters at Metrorail Station Garages, which are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016. The counters will allow Metrorail patrons to check real-time parking availability over the Internet.
- In 2015, MDT completed replacing its existing analog video system at all 21 Metromover stations. The new system consists of 174 High Definition Internet Protocol (IP) cameras, providing the Metromover Central Control area with real-time platform and track views.
- MDT is providing two new express bus service routes from Broward County to the Civic Center area, saving commuters time and money. The new SR 836 Express Bus Service will operate primarily on SR 836 (Dolphin Expressway) resulting in no intermediate stops between the origin and destination; thereby, reducing transit travel times. Three express lines are planned for the SR 836 Express Service project.
- Public Works in Waste Management (PWWM) completed the Miami Avenue Bridge Improvement Project: this GOB-funded bridge rehabilitation project consisted of repairing concrete sidewalk joints at the approaches to the bridge and at the toe of the bridge bascule leaves; replacing the entire existing 5-inch open steel grating; installing bicycle-friendly grating; repairing and replacing structural members; coating all existing and new structural members of the bascule leaves; installing new navigation lighting; upgrading the control system and console; and repairing and replacing electrical components at a cost of $7,76 million.
- The Information Technology Department (ITD) completed the Kendall Drive Traffic Signal Priority (TSP) project allowing buses traveling along Kendall Drive to automatically invoke requests for extended green lights.
- ITD implemented a real-time tracker into the existing Metrorail train tracker system which will improve the reliability and redundancy of the system for riders, along with the automation of the Transportation Corporate Discount Program eliminating the manual system and streamlined the monthly process.
- Miami-Dade County is committed to improving transportation and mobility options throughout the County. Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER) is drafting ordinances to be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners that will authorize transportation network entities such as Uber and Lyft to operate in Miami-Dade County, as well as make changes to the taxicab and limousine regulations; changes that will reduce the regulatory burden on these industries and allow these transportation services to compete in the 21st Century.
- RER is committed to providing the level of service that residents and visitors expect, with the implementation of the Ambassador Cab Program whereby 100 percent of all taxicabs seeking to pick-up passengers at MIA or PortMiami have operable rear seat credit card payment processing equipment. Additionally, the Ambassador Cab Program requires a global positioning dispatch system capable of determining the location of each taxicab at all times, a digital security camera system, and emergency warning lights as well as enhanced service standards requiring chauffeurs to open doors for passengers and load and unload luggage.
- The Ambassador Cab Program also introduced alternative-fuel vehicles to Miami International Airport. Currently, there are 740 taxicabs registered/designated as alternative fuel vehicles, thus reducing our carbon footprint here in Miami Dade County.
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