FYI Miami: March 12, 2015
TRAFFIC APP: If you’re setting out on a trip in Miami-Dade County and want to find out what traffic is like, now there’s an app for that. The recently launched Audio Traffic Miami-Dade app provides real-time traffic reports, bulletins posted by local law enforcement and community news. The app delivers the messages in an audio format and users can choose between getting the information in English or in Spanish. The app is the result of a partnership between Miami-Dade County and West Palm Beach-based Audible Broadcasting Co., a provider of audio traffic reports for iPhones and for Android devices.
FARE OR NOT?: Final action on a county commission measure to eliminate the requirement that no fare be charged on Metromover, the public transportation that loops through downtown Miami and Brickell, is due March 17. Removing the requirement that ridership is free would require a two-thirds vote. No fare schedule is attached to the measure. The original Metromover fare was 25 cents.
PARKING IN WYNWOOD: The city parking agency’s roll-out of a new parking plan for the Wynwood Arts District is “progressing exceptionally well,” said Miami Parking Authority CEO Art Noriega. “Revenue is way better than expected, which speaks to the growth of the neighborhood,” Mr. Noriega told the Off-Street Parking Board recently. The plan, which relies mainly on PayByPhone parking, was launched in October. The number of parking transactions in Wynwood topped 43,000 last month. The agency hopes to use the Wynwood experience virtual parking via an online application as a “blueprint for other areas,” he said.
MOVING AHEAD: A lawsuit may have stalled the start of a million-dollar redevelopment of the Coconut Grove waterfront but it hasn’t stopped work on a planned public garage. Miami Parking Authority CEO Art Noriega told the Off-Street Parking Board on March 4 that design work continues on the garage, which will include retail use. City commissioners in 2013 agreed to lease city-owned land to Grove Bay Investment Group LLC for $1.8 million a year upon completion, and about $17.9 million of privately-funded improvements to redevelop a marina, construct restaurants, improve the baywalk, fund a portion of a garage and other improvements. The authority would build and run the garage. The pending suit has a court hearing next month.