FYI Miami: January 5, 2017
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PAYING FOR TRANSITWAY: The Florida Department of Transportation is paying $1 million toward the $15.9 million cost of running buses that have about 12,500 boardings each weekday along the 19.8-mile South Dade Transitway from the Dadeland South Metrorail Station alone US 1 to Southwest 344th Street. Miami-Dade commissioners in December accepted the money via an agreement with the state under the State Transit Corridor Program, which is designed to relieve congestion and improve capacity within a transportation corridor by increasing carrying capacity by using high-occupancy conveyances. The county’s Department of Transportation and Public Works budget funds the balance of the cost, $14.9 million a year. The buses collectively take in about $2 million a year in fares.
BEACH CHAMBER TO TOUR JAPAN: The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce is headed to Japan from March 17-26, taking guests on a tour through “bucket list” destinations Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Hakone and Kyoto. Tour packages start at $5,080 and include lodging, most meals and tours. For $5,980 the package includes international flights. Details: Rebecca Fletcher, email@example.com
MIA’S HUDDLED MASSES: Passengers arriving on nearly 40 international flights at Miami International Airport on Monday evening were delayed several hours during a nationwide Customs and Border Protection (CBP) computer outage. MIA staff provided fans and bottled water to passengers while they waited to be processed, said Greg Chin, Aviation Department communications director. “We estimate more than 2,000 passengers missed their connections and were stranded overnight in Miami. MIA opened its Concourse D auditorium for passengers who needed to spend the night at the airport. CBP has had sporadic computer outages in recent years, but never for this extended amount of time,” he told Miami Today on Tuesday. CBP released a statement Monday night, saying a temporary outage with processing systems at various airports began at 5 p.m. Jan. 2, ending at about 9 p.m. All airports are currently online. “During the technology disruption, CBP had access to national security-related databases and all travelers were screened according to security standards. At this time, there is no indication the service disruption was malicious in nature.”
GAS ON THE RISE: Miami’s average retail gas price of $2.46 per gallon to start this week was 7 cents higher than the start of last week, 21.6 cents higher than a month ago and 36.1 cents a gallon higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy price tracking service. AAA also noted that the gasoline tax in Florida rose by less than one cent a gallon to start this year.