Meet the Cab Drivers Who Want Uber and Lyft in Miami

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In the months since Uber and Lyft have set up shop in Miami and sparked a war of fines and impounded cars with the county commission, the battle lines have seemed fairly obvious. Commissioners -- backed by a powerful union of cab owners and medallion-holders -- oppose changing regulations to let in the app-based ride-sharing companies in. Taxi owners have lined up at commission meetings to argue that Uber and Lyft would put a stranglehold on their highly regulated and taxed industry.

But that doesn't mean all cab drivers feel the same. The New Vision Taxi Drivers Association of Miami, a group of 1,200 cabbies, has taken an official stance in favor of Uber and Lyft. Its president tells Riptide his members believe the competition would help everyone.

See also: Uber Car Service App Versus Miami Taxis

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Should Miami Have More Late-Night Public Transit Options?

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Miami is a late-night city. Bars are open until 5 a.m. and even later in the Entertainment District. But the public transit system, which gets its deserved criticism in the daytime, shuts down almost completely after midnight. Only the bus is an option. That leaves Miamians traveling to and from clubs or late-night dinners with few options.

Should the city and county look into extending hours past midnight?

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Florida Has the Best Kept Roads and Bridges in the Country Thanks to Tolls and Taxes

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The nation's roadway infrastructure is crumbling, but there's one sunny exception: the state of Florida. The Washington Post reports that Florida's roads and bridges are in some of the best shape in the nation. That's in part thanks to favorable weather, but also to a relatively high gasoline tax and road tolls which directly fund road maintenance.

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UberX and Lyft Could Get Closer to Legal Status With County Commission Vote Today UPDATED

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For nearly two months, UberX and Lyft have been operating their app-based ride-share services around Miami in direct violation of the county's limo laws. In turn, the county has hit the services with dozens of citations and has even impounded drivers' cars. All of that carnage could end if county Commissioner Esteban "Steve" Bovo has his way.

Bovo will bring an ordinance to the county commission today that would allow UberX and Lyft to operate legally. But in the face of heated opposition from the taxi union, he's not exactly optimistic his colleagues will play along.

See also: UberX Will Launch in Miami Today, Defying Miami-Dade's Taxi Laws

Update: The Commission has passed the ordinance 10-2, the Herald reports; it now heads to a transportation committee for a second vote later this year.

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Ocean Drive May Not Close to Cars, but Sidewalk Could Be Extended

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The idea of closing Ocean Drive off to traffic and turning it into a pedestrian mall similar to Lincoln Road may have hit a snag once commissioners realized that the parking meters along the street bring in over $1 million in revenue a year. Instead, Miami Beach's Land Use and Development Committee has endorsed a plan to shift the road eastward to allow for a widening of extended sidewalks.

See also: Miami Beach Debates Whether to Ban Cars From Ocean Drive

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Coral Gables Cops Went on a Jaywalking Ticket Spree This Spring

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On April 1,a young man and woman were walking along Miracle Mile near Barnes & Noble when they decided to cross the street. They glanced left. No cars coming. Then they glanced right. Nada. So they slowly crossed the four lanes without a problem.

As they began walking along the sidewalk again, however, a Coral Gables bicycle cop pulled a U-turn, raced over to them, and screeched to a halt between the two pedestrians. In an instant he had handed them each a $77 ticket for jaywalking. "It was idiotic," says the woman, who asked New Times to withhold her name. "The cop was screaming at us as if we'd shot someone. Meanwhile, there wasn't a car in sight."

They weren't the only ones caught off-guard by the citation. In fact, Coral Gables cops handed out 28 jaywalking tickets during a two-month anti-jaywalking frenzy this spring. That likely makes Miracle Mile the worst place to (jay) walk in all of Miami-Dade.

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Architect Wants to Change Rickenbacker From Highway Into Urban Park

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For a road that leads to a sparsely developed island sitting just north of a national park, the Rickenbacker Causeway has all the charm of an anonymous highway. A string of accidents, often deadly, have called attention to the fact drivers often zip through the road like it was I-95 even though speed limits on certain stretches are as low as 25 mph.

Well local architect Bernard Zyscovich has come up with a radical idea to redevelop the road so that he has more of a vibe of a park that just happens to have a road running through it rather than a raceway.

See also: Venetian Causeway Is Closed Again Thanks To Broken Drawbridges

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Venetian Causeway Is Closed Again Thanks To Broken Drawbridges

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A drawbridge refused to close this morning, shutting the Venetian Causeway yet again.
The Venetian Causeway is Miami's oldest bay-spanning bridge and the best bet for cyclists and pedestrians looking to get from South Beach to downtown. It's also been an unbelievable mess lately. Ever since a bus punched a hole in a deteriorating bridge earlier this year, the County has been plotting a mass repair that will shut the whole thing down for up to nine months.

This morning brought more misery for commuters. The Causeway was closed down indefinitely by malfunctioning drawbridges, snarling traffic in both directions.

Update: The bridges have reopened at 1:30 p.m., per Miami Beach Police.

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Amid Venetian Causeway Problems, Residents Also Propose a New Name: Venetian Way

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On March 15 a Miami-Dade metrobus, travelling east across the Venetian Causeway near the old Miami Herald building, suddenly got stuck. The weight from the bus had opened a hole in the structure, and engineers later discovered that a portion of the bridge had fallen loose.

A month later, in the wake of the public transit disaster, county officials issued a nightmare confirmation for commuters: Beginning later this fall, the bridge will be closed completely so workers could replace the westernmost section, a process expected to take up to nine months.

See also: Venetian Causeway Will Close for Months, Then Beach Residents Won't Get Toll Passes

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Taxi Industry Wants UberX and Lyft Drivers Put in Jail

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First Miami-Dade started ticketing Lyft and UberX drivers. Then they started impounding their cars. Apparently that's not good enough for the local taxi industry. No, they want drivers working for UberX and Lyft put in jail.

See also: Miami-Dade County Is Now Impounding Lyft Vehicles

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