Written by Miami Today on September 6, 2012
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TRANSIT APPS: You didn’t think the techies at Miami-Dade Transit would stop with the iPhone, did you? Now the county’s Metrorail, Metrobus and Metromover schedules are available by app on Android devices too. More than 50,000 transit users have downloaded the Transit Tracker iPhone app since it launched in November. To get the new Android app, type "Google Play Store" on Google and then type "MDT Transit Tracker." For the iPhone version, visit the Apple iTunes App Store and download the Miami-Dade Transit Tracker. Both versions are free. Among services you’ll get: view bus schedules by bus stop and connecting bus routes; view real-time Metrorail train arrival times, including the ability to map the location of trains as they approach a station.
MIAMI LAKES TRANSIT: Miami-Dade is to run circulator buses in Miami Lakes under an agreement up for approval today (9/6) before the county commission. The town would pay for all costs of operation for five years, complementing Miami-Dade Transit routes. The town plans for patrons to ride free. It’s to pay for costs using its share of proceeds from the countywide half percent sales surtax to benefit transit administered by the Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust.
GROWING NUMBERS: In a good sign for the area’s hospitality industry, William Talbert III, president and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, reports that passenger arrivals at Miami International Airport rose nearly 6% from January through July, compared with the same period last year. Total arrivals were 11.9 million, including 6.14 million domestic arrivals (up 4.5%) and 5.76 million international arrivals (up 7.3%).
BRICKELL HISTORY WALK: HistoryMiami guide Michael Pearlman is to lead a free Brickell historic walk from 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 as part of Dwntwn Art Days Sept. 6-8 organized by the Miami Downtown Development Authority. The historic walk group meets in front of the large bronze sculpture "Union of the World" at the entrance to Mary Brickell Village at Brickell Plaza along South Miami Avenue. The tour includes Fire Station No. 4, the first Miami High School building, Dr. James Jackson’s office, First Presbyterian Church of Miami, Brickell Park, Brickell Key and the Miami Circle. No reservations are needed.
SHARING AND CARING: The City of Miami is looking to donate money it has collected for the Haiti earthquake relief to a non-governmental Haitian organization in order to build an urgent care in its capital city Port-au-Prince as a gift. "We have a great relationship with Port-au-Prince," Mayor Tomás Regalado said.