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Old December 6th, 2017, 04:09 PM   #8781
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Written by Miami Today on December 5, 2017

GAS TAX FOR TRANSIT
: Miami-Dade’s Transportation Planning Organization is being urged to adopt a resolution this week asking the county commission to reinstate two cents of the five cents per gallon in local option gasoline taxes that state law permits in order to help fund the Smart plan to add six more legs of mass transit in the county. The resolution by Dennis Moss, member of both the planning organization and the county commission, notes that county commissioners in 1996 rescinded two cents of the five-cent local option. The resolution is asking commissioners to apply the two cents in added gasoline taxes after the planning organization approves Priority One status for the construction phase of one or more of the rapid transit corridors in the smart plan.

LET’S SPLIT THE COST: The county’s Transportation Planning Organization is being asked to call on the Florida Legislature and the Florida Department of Transportation to provide a 50% funding match for each phase of the development and construction of the North and South Dade Transitway Corridors that are a linchpin of the county’s Smart plan to add mass transit in six separate corridors of Miami-Dade. The resolution by Dennis Moss that is to be heard this week says that a 50% match “would help realize significant transit solutions.” His resolution says the county currently estimates that the capital costs of the North and South Dade Transitway Corridors total $1.5 billion, with annual operation and maintenance costs pegged at $38.9 million starting in fiscal year 2023 and future vehicle renewal and replacement costs 20 years after the start of operations set at $341 million.

TRAIN TO PLANE: Miami International Airport has been ranked the most transit-accessible airport in the US, according to the transportation technology firm TransitScreen. The airport received a mobility score of 66 of a possible 100 points, primarily because of the Miami Intermodal Center, which offers access to Metrorail, Tri-Rail, nine inter-city bus routes, and a full-service rental car center housing 14 companies. Amtrak trains are planned to eventually use the facility, which is connected to the airport terminal by an enclosed, climate-controlled 1.25-mile corridor with a people-mover system. TransitScreen’s study analyzed the 20 busiest US airports in passenger traffic and their access to mass transit and taxis, in addition to ride-sharing, bike-sharing and car-sharing options.“This national study is encouraging news for our residents and for visitors to our community,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez. “MIA continues to earn accolades for its passenger and cargo operations, concessions, customer service, and now, for its ground transportation options.”
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Old December 6th, 2017, 05:51 PM   #8782
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County voting on their portion of funding the underline phase 1 today:
http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/l...017/172617.pdf
Coral Gables providing $15 million in funding for their phase.
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The Underline, the proposed linear park project beneath the Metrorail from downtown through South Miami, will get another $15 million in funding after the Coral Gables City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to contribute to its construction. But commissioners say the city’s funding, which had been under discussion for two years, won’t raise taxes for Gables residents.

The money for the project will come from impact fees, which developers already pay to fund local amenities when they build projects in the area. It will likely take about five years for the city to collect the $15 million from those fees, said Commissioner Vince Lago, who sponsored the proposal.
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Old December 6th, 2017, 08:59 PM   #8783
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In Chengdu, a 31 station 24 mile inner loop metro ring line the size of Metrorail just opened yesterday.
They are over 100 miles total now with a metro that only started in 2010.

Ridership is already pushing 2 million per day.
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Old December 7th, 2017, 05:17 AM   #8784
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In Chengdu, a 31 station 24 mile inner loop metro ring line the size of Metrorail just opened yesterday.
They are over 100 miles total now with a metro that only started in 2010.

Ridership is already pushing 2 million per day.
I will be spending a lot of time in Chengdu over the next year. I'll try to ride the metro next time I'm there. In general, China has really great metro systems. Everything is brand new, clean, and fares are like $0.30.
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Old December 7th, 2017, 09:59 PM   #8785
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I've only been to Shanghai and Hong Kong, but agreed. The systems in both places are beyond impressive (and the Maglev train from Shanghai airport to downtown is so damn cool even if the locals don't seem to use it much and instead opt for the much cheaper subway option).
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Old December 8th, 2017, 01:58 AM   #8786
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Here cities try to get some kind of metro or light rail or at least express bus, there they have a metro and a maglev serving the same destination.
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Old December 8th, 2017, 05:35 AM   #8787
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Actually the Maglev only services 2 spots. Shanghai Pudong Airport (the bigger one, they have a smaller one also), and Longyang road, which is a popular subway stop on the outskirts. Sadly, the Maglev doesn't go anywhere else or even into the downtown area, which is part of the reason for such low ridership. I once took it from Pudong Airport to the subway where I got on that to get into downtown, it took me about 55 mins total trip time, and wasn't nearly as pleasant a trip as I thought it could have been or like typical airport to city center trips I'd done in London, Paris or Berlin in the past. It was more done as a vanity project when it was done than to be as functional as it could have been.
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Actually the Maglev only services 2 spots. Shanghai Pudong Airport (the bigger one, they have a smaller one also), and Longyang road, which is a popular subway stop on the outskirts. Sadly, the Maglev doesn't go anywhere else or even into the downtown area, which is part of the reason for such low ridership. I once took it from Pudong Airport to the subway where I got on that to get into downtown, it took me about 55 mins total trip time, and wasn't nearly as pleasant a trip as I thought it could have been or like typical airport to city center trips I'd done in London, Paris or Berlin in the past. It was more done as a vanity project when it was done than to be as functional as it could have been.
You're right. I completely forgot I had to change trains and then take the metro the rest of the way to downtown Shanghai . And should NOT have forgotten that since I was trapped in that subway train like a sardine and literally had to fight my way out of it, lol.

But that said, still a cool experience riding the Maglev even if agreed it was largely a "vanity" project.

Hong Kong transit was awesome, though. People think of it as such a chaotic place (and it can be in some ways) but getting around the city is a breeze thanks to the great system there. And the other riders were not as pushy either!

Asian transit in general (at least in the big cities) is pretty damn wonderful...at least the places I've been. And if I'm ever lucky enough to get back to Vietnam, I look forward to riding the Saigon subway (under construction when I was there in early 2016).

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Old December 8th, 2017, 08:04 PM   #8789
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Have yet to ride the new train set yet, can't wait. It seems that the braking mechanism is much quieter than the very loud screech the old train sets have right?



One more question I have read that these trains are Italian, but the company that made them is Hitachi which is Japanese. I don't understand, are they Japanese or Italian?
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Oh yeah they definitely are more quite, listen as they take off, I really like the sound they make.

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They're quieter but still have some of the screech, a bit louder than expected.

Also compared to NYC stock they are sort of 'budget NTT' seeming.
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Have yet to ride the new train set yet, can't wait. It seems that the braking mechanism is much quieter than the very loud screech the old train sets have right?



One more question I have read that these trains are Italian, but the company that made them is Hitachi which is Japanese. I don't understand, are they Japanese or Italian?
Sweet ! It's so nice to see something tangible come out of the PTP's 1/2 cent sales tax even if it took 15 years !

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