FYI Miami: October 24, 2019
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ASIA AIR LINK GROUNDED: Two years after Miami-Dade Aviation said Miami International Airport was “about two years” from establishing direct flights to Asia, plans remain grounded on the tarmac, unmoved amid contentious relations between the US and China. Aviation Marketing Director Chris Mangos says there have been “no changes” since Miami Today spoke with him in December about possible nonstop flights between the two continents but added that while he had “nothing to offer at this time,” he “might have a progress report” in the spring.
CROSSWALK COORDINATION: A measure moving through Miami-Dade government seeks to develop more crosswalks in the county at highly used and high-crash locations. The measure sponsored by Commissioner Eileen Higgins, which passed by a 5-0 vote in the county’s Infrastructure and Capital Improvements committee last week, calls for a report within 60 days from the mayor’s office that would prioritize locations for pedestrian crosswalks, target funds to do the job, and set a deadline to begin work on the crosswalks. A status report would be required within 180 days as well. If the project wasn’t moving forward on schedule, the mayor would have to explain why. The full county commission is to act on the measure Nov. 19.
BUS BENCH BONANZA: Miami-Dade expects to collect $5.625 million over 10 years in a contract for advertising on 2,100 of its bus benches in the county’s unincorporated areas. In the contract being considered today (10/24) by the Transportation and Finance Committee, Signal Outdoor Advertising LLC of Roswell, GA, is pledging 20% of all of its bus bench advertising revenues to the county, which a memo to commissioners says will yield far more that the $1.87 million that the expired 10.5-year contract yielded on 1,500 benches. In addition to placing the advertising, Signal would provide for cleaning, maintenance, repairs, replacement and relocation of the 1,430 passenger benches at bus stops. The contract requires Signal to install 300 more bus passenger benches within the first three years.
PATHS FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED: Miami-Dade is being asked to create guidelines to identify paths of travel for visually impaired persons during county road construction or reconstruction near facilities that visually impaired and blind persons frequent. A measure by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa asking for that to be made a part to the public works manual within 90 days moved forward last week to the county commission on a 5-0 vote by the Infrastructure and Capital Improvements committee.