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    Miami-Dade Minute – Transit Launches Contactless Payment
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    Miami-Dade Minute – Transit Launches Contactless Payment

    April 5, 2020


    This is your Miami-Dade Minute. One, two, three… We’re very excited that we’re bringing new payment options to make it very, very easy to use transit. Starting today, riders can pay fares directly with their bank cards or digital wallets. They no longer will have to buy an EASY card or an EASY ticket, although we will continue to accept these forms of payment. With this new system, Metrorail will now accept Visa, MasterCard, and yes we will even accept American Express – that have been enabled for contactless use. The
    digital wallet options include pay systems offered by Apple, Google, Samsung, and Fitbit. Right now we have something called fare capping. So let’s say you’re going to ride the Metrorail 3-4 times in one day, well your first tap will be $2.25, your second tap will be $2.25 but after that you’ll only be charged the daily rate, and then you can ride for free the whole rest of the day. Somebody could just tap, go, and not deal with the hassles of messing with
    machines and whatnot. We’re making it easier for people to use our system, and
    my understanding is that while today we’re talking about our train system in
    the near future we’ll also be talking about our bus system. This project is funded partially by the People’s Transportation Plan, our half-cent sales tax. We’re always looking for ways to improve the experience of our customers
    here in Miami-Dade County and this is one of the ways.

    CSX Rail Cars Loading Scrap Metal
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    CSX Rail Cars Loading Scrap Metal

    March 26, 2020


    Hello ladies and gentlemen, I’m here on the corner NW 37th Ave & N. River Dr. The big thing you’re looking at right behind you is the scrap metal plant. We’re right near the Miami International Airport, so you’re going to have to forgive me for the plane noises. We’re going to see some CSX rail cars loading some scrap metal here. In one second. Ok guys so here I crossed the street. The Tri rail is passing and here is the spur that goes into the scrap metal yard. These are made of old rails right here. And here you see the CSX cars loading scrap metal. Let me zoom in on that one right there. See if l can get you a closer look. Alright here we go. This is what I was looking for. That’s the scrap metal plant. And there you see the loads of scrap metal in the back there. and where they load the rail cars. I was hoping to see an old SCL gondola, but no such luck. See what kind of look you can get at the operation right here. Nice. This is the S line Extension the Downtown Spur. This would be looking Weat. And that’s looking East. Let me give you guys one last shot here. Alright guys, please subscribe, like, or share. Thank you very much, Take care. Over and out.

    Miami-Dade Minute – 836 Express Metrobus Launch
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    Miami-Dade Minute – 836 Express Metrobus Launch

    March 8, 2020


    This is your Miami-Dade Minute… ((countdown)) We’re inaugurating our brand-new 836 Express bus service. It starts out here at our
    Dolphin Park & Ride Lot located at 120th Avenue and NW 12th Street. We
    have over 800 parking spaces here and basically during peak hour you can catch
    our Express bus every 10 minutes. It’ll take you down 836 on the shoulder which,
    has been painted red. People in western parts of Miami-Dade can come here, park their cars and be able to get into downtown. The 836 – they have dedicated
    lines for these express buses so they’re gonna bypass all of the traffic and a
    ride that may take you an hour in your car is going to be cut in half with
    these express buses. It’s our commitment to the SMART plan so we want to give
    different transportation options to the people of Miami-Dade. Finally, we have an
    east-to-west transportation hub on the west side of Miami-Dade. It’s called the
    Dolphin Park & Ride. And so many people worked on it. It’s been a dream of mine
    for so many years and today it is a reality in Miami-Dade County. This is
    part of your half penny at work – a fulfillment of promises that were made.
    You know our hope is that we ultimately give a future generation options on
    transportation.

    2020 Bike To Work Day
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    2020 Bike To Work Day

    March 7, 2020


    This is your Miami-Dade Minute… Every year we celebrate Bike Month in March and we kick it off with Bike to Work Day.
    This is a special day. We want more people to get out and ride their bikes.
    We want to create a culture of safe bike riding every place in the community. People are waking up to the fact that bicycling gets you where you need to go
    sometimes quicker than using your car. You can put it on transit on the train –
    Metrorail or on a bus, if you’re using it for commuting. It’s a good last mile
    alternative and of course it’s wonderful for your health as well, so we want to
    encourage everybody to bike to work. This is Bike to Work Month and Bike305 is an
    initiative we started some years ago. We got about six cities join us, I
    think there’s like 27 cities already are part of this initiative. Really we’re
    trying to highlight all the trails and the great, you know, biking
    opportunities we have in Miami-Dade County. You know, take your bike to work
    every once in a while. Get your, get out of your car and be healthier. It’s a
    healthier lifestyle and then also you get, you get to decongest the roads.
    And so it’s, you know, we encourage everybody to do that every once in a while.

    Miami-Dade Minute – South Miami Transit Oriented Development Groundbreaking
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    Miami-Dade Minute – South Miami Transit Oriented Development Groundbreaking

    February 28, 2020


    This is your Miami-Dade Minute… We’re celebrating the groundbreaking of our Transit Oriented Development at the
    South Miami Metrorail Station. We’re working with TREO Group and they’re
    doing the first all-student housing Transit Oriented Development project
    here and they’re going to refurbish our garage and our station and then that’s going to be followed by the construction of an office building as well. I’m very happy about this. This is again our commitment to develop more and more Transit
    Oriented Development for the people of Miami-Dade County so
    you know, so that they don’t have to get in their car. This development here
    will be really convenient for University of Miami students, medical students. They can
    go to the medical campus. They can go to the main campus. They can go to Dadeland Mall and
    they can go to the employment centers in Brickell and downtown. And the County
    promotes you know this kind of zoning and this kind of
    development and makes the land available. And it’s 125 million dollars of value. I
    mean this is, this adds to our tax base The property, the ground is owned by us but
    the value added is is really going to contribute in taxes to all of us. And
    this is what the future holds – we’re going to have residential, office,
    commercial – all in in our transit stations. So look forward to that.

    Lisa See | Between The Covers
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    Lisa See | Between The Covers

    February 20, 2020


    I’m Ann Bocock and welcome to Between The
    Covers. Lisa See is the New York Times’ bestselling
    author of so many books. She’s known for her deeply researched historical
    novels. Her latest book is set on a remote Korean
    island, and it introduces us to an unforgettable culture, of freediving females. The women are in danger. The women do the hard work, and the men stay
    at home, and take care of the children. It’s a story that spans generations. It spans words. And it’s a story of survival. Please welcome the author of The Island Of
    Sea Women, Lisa See. Thank you for having me Ann. I am so glad that you are here. And first of all, I’m transfixed by the story,
    because here we are you have dropped me, first of all into a place, I didn’t know anything
    about. So before we get into your book and the novel,
    I think we need to take a step back. Look at the Haenyeo women and the island of
    Jeju. Where is it? So it’s off the tip of South Korea, about
    100 miles off the tip. And it’s also about 100 miles from China,
    and 100 miles from Japan. So for thousands of years, it was its own
    independent kingdom. But now it’s part of South Korea. And then the Haenyeo that means sea women. These are women who are unique in the world. As you mentioned, they dive down, they take
    the breath, they dive down about 60 feet. They stay underwater two to three minutes,
    holding their breath, they harvest sea food. And as you said, they’re the breadwinners
    in their families. And the men are the ones who do the, stay
    home and take care of the babies, do the cooking. This is a metro focal society, which means
    that it is, it focuses on women and children, Right. So in this particular society, let’s look
    at the gender roles, and what is it like for the men? Well, the men it’s kind of an interesting
    thing, because they’re supposed to take care of the babies, but their other main job is
    to sit and think under the village tree. So somebody has to do that. Somebody has to do the thinking, right? And so they sit and think, but this actually
    sort of culturally has been difficult for the men, over the many centuries. But these women, I really focus on them because
    they are so extraordinary in the world. And their number is dwindling. So it used to be that they would retire at
    age 55. If they live that long, it’s extraordinarily
    dangerous, [Ann] Very dangerous. But today, there are under 4000 of them left. The youngest one is 55. And when I was there, I interviewed women
    in their 70s, 80s and 90s, most of whom are still diving. What is their relationship with the sea and
    metaphorically, I read the book, I love the book. Sometimes I think the sea is like their mother,
    sometimes I think it’s like their husband, but I don’t wanna tell you so. They do say, they do have a lot of proverbs
    that are things like, the sea is better than your mother, because it’s there forever. but at the same time, it is a dangerous place
    for them. So one of the aphorisms is, every woman who
    goes into the sea carries a coffin on her back. And so they’re very aware of the bounty that
    comes from the sea, but also the danger that’s inherent there. And all of the things that can go wrong, you
    could get your hair caught in a rock, you could get a tool caught, you could, it’s a
    volcanic island. So it’s very sharp volcanic rocks and could
    cut yourself, there’s sharks, you can get tangled in, seaweed or fishing lines. And of course, there is this whole issue of
    breath. And I’ve timed myself, I’m sort of encourage
    everyone watching this, just for fun, to time yourself to see how long you can hold your
    breath. And I’m not very good at that. I don’t think we could, and not only hold
    your breath, you’re fighting the current while holding your breath, The current exactly. And let’s say maybe you’re just an average
    diver, you can hold your breath for two minutes. But maybe last night you didn’t sleep well,
    maybe you had an argument with your husband, maybe you were worried about a child. And so you might be underwater harvesting
    a sea urchin or gathering up, whatever, abalone, different kinds of things. And all of a sudden, on this day, you only
    have a minute and 45 seconds, and now you’re still 20 feet under the surface of the water
    and what do you do? Not only is it extraordinary, it’s frightening,
    when I’m reading these passages of what these women are doing. It’s scaring the know. I know. I’m laughing, Yes, it’s scary. And you said it’s a volcanic island. Their rocks are so dangerous, and it’s not
    always clear. [Lisa] No, no. Yeah, the rocks are dangerous. So the volcano itself is called Grandmother’s
    Seolmundae This is the, sort of the embodiment of the mother creator of the island. Part of this island being a metro focal societies
    that it’s home to 10,000 goddesses. The gods are they’re very Lesser, they’re lesser. Their consorts. And so the island itself is a goddess and
    so they, because it’s volcanic there these, the lava has flowed undersea and the women
    describe it as, flowing and swimming through Grandmother Seolmundae’s skirts, when they’re
    working. That’s actually very beautiful. I’m curious if this is a, I know they’ve passed
    this down generation to generation. Is this something that is learned, or is there
    something genetic, that these women are capable of doing this in cold water, and to hold their
    breath for this long? Yeah, let’s just talk about the cold water
    for one second. They do have the greatest ability of any human
    group on earth, to withstand cold. So historically, they would dive in the waters
    south of Japan, Korea, China. Russia. Russia, off the coast of Vladivostok in winter. With just a little homemade cotton suit, [Ann] We’re not talking a wet suit. [Lisa] No, this just as little. And there are stories of women diving off
    the boat and dying on impact, because the cold was such a shock. But for this reason, they are known to have
    this great ability. And so there were scientists who came in the
    1960s, to try to figure out is this genetic? Or is it an adaptation? And if you read to about page 300, you’re
    gonna find out the answer. Exactly. You are the queen of research. I think you absolutely love it. And I’m not talking the kind that you Google. You go everywhere. I think, if I remember correctly, and I don’t
    remember which book it was, you were like, the second The Snow Flower, in the secret fan You were the second! I was only the second foreigner to go there. What was that like? Well, it’s really, Where was this? This was in South Western Yunnan Province
    it’s called Gianyung County it’s a very, very remote area, was really remote then, it’s
    still remote now. And the thing about going to places that are
    that remote, you’re really cut off from the rest of the world. There’s not a lot of television and things
    like that. But they have incredible food sometimes, and
    sometimes you just have to eat what they give you. And I’ve had to eat some pretty interesting
    things, I bet! But with Jeju Island, if people like sushi,
    or things like that. One of the fun things to do, is just to walk
    on the beach, as these women come out of the sea. And I’ll just tip over a bucket, you sit on
    the bucket, and they’ll open a sea urchin and give it to you with a spoon. They just, it’s literally, minutes from being
    brought out of the sea and it’s extraordinary. [Ann] What are they diving for? It’s mostly things, that are in shells, so
    turbine shell, abalone, sea urchin but also octopus, also different types of seaweed and
    algae. agaragar are is something in so many of our
    packaged foods for example, they die for agaragar. During World War II. The Japanese who had control over this island,
    told the women they could no longer die for food. They could only die for a particular kind
    of algae, because it’s an ingredient in gunpowder. That was fascinating. Yeah. When you went to Jeju were the women receptive? Well, what I love about these women is they’re
    very blunt. They’re really blunt. And I think that’s probably because they face
    life and death every single day. So if they wanna talk to you, they sit down,
    if they don’t wanna talk to you they say, oh, I’m so busy, go away, go away. And they’re quite loud, because they’ve spent
    their entire lives under the sea. So their hearing is really off so they shout. They banter. It affects their hearing? It does. And they banter. They love to tell jokes. One of the big things they talk about all
    the time and so funny is, who should eat more, men or women? And? well, I think it’s women in that case, well, they’re using all the calories up. That’s right. They need to replenish. When you were writing, were you constantly
    aware of what you were writing, as an era that is probably going to be lost, very soon? Very much. They say that this culture is going to disappear
    in about 15 years. And so that was part of the reason why I wanted
    to write this now. If I waited five years, if I waited 10 years,
    I might not really get the chance to. Certainly those women who are in their 90s,
    I wouldn’t have a chance to interview them. And I think they’re also very much aware that
    their cultures disappearing. One of the things that happened in the late
    1970s, was this was the first time. And just think about this, the first time
    that girls in South Korea could go to public school. And so all of these women are illiterate. But in the late 1970s, they started saving
    up their money, so that they could send their daughters and granddaughters to school. And those daughters and granddaughters became
    doctors and engineers, and work in tourism and things like that. But that’s part of why this is disappearing. And that’s just over the last 40 years. Was there a particular woman, a particular
    event, that just moved you when you were there? Yes. So I had a lot of appointments set up to meet
    different women. But I also just loved going and walking along
    the beach, and talking to them. And there does come a point where a lot of
    women do retire, they stay out of the sea, or maybe they have an injury. And so They’re 90 years old anyway. Yeah, or in their late 80s. And so I would just walk along the beach and,
    what they do is they have these little cushions, they tie them to their rear ends. They sit on their cushion with their knees
    kind of up around their ears, and they sort algae. And so I would just walk up to women and talk
    to them. And their stories were incredible. I remember this one woman, she, again they
    love to brag. I was the best , I was so good under the water. I can even cook a meal under there, This book, The Island Of Sea Women spans decades. I mean, there’s parts in the ’30s, the ’40s
    and many wars. Where you’re talking World War I, World War
    II, Korean War, Vietnam. All of this has had an enormous impact on
    this island, and these women. Now generally, when I read your books, and
    I do love your books, I don’t wanna be bothered. I just wanna sit here and read, and I read
    ’til the end. Well, I got to turn point in this book that
    we will talk about. And I literally had to close the book and
    let this wash over me and process this, because it was so horrifying. And it was foreign to me. Right. We’re talking about 1948. Yes. There is what they call the incident, The Four Three incidents. Stands for April three, It doesn’t have a name. Well, it’s for April 3rd. The Four Three. And this is at a time, the Japanese colonialism
    is over, World War II is over. Russia and the United States have divided
    Korea. They didn’t get a say in it. And now the United States says, we wanna let
    you have your own free elections. However, we chose the candidate. Who did end up becoming quite a brutal dictator. But the people of South Korea they wanted
    to have, they did wanna have their own free elections. They did wanna have their own candidates. And so there were demonstrations, and things
    started to escalate. And then on this island, it really ended up
    that on April 3rd, 1948, is the beginning of a massacre, that takes place over this
    island. Over the course of eight years. How many people? It’s between 30 and 80,000 people were killed. And this is a tiny island. Tiny island. 80,000 people became refugees. 40,000 escaped to Japan. 70% of all of the villages and houses were
    destroyed. So this was just a terrible thing. And people, everyone lost someone. But then to compound the shock, and the tragedy
    of it. The Korean government didn’t allow people
    to talk about this for 50 years. That’s what got me, I thought, how did you
    do this research, because it was taboo to even talk about it. Well, finally now today, this island is considered
    an island of peace. And so for the last 10 years, they’ve really,
    Internationally looked at it as an island of peace. And work towards this idea of forgiveness. But of course, you do need two sides to forgive,
    I mean, to be part of an act of forgiveness. Was it particularly challenging for you to
    write what we’re talking about? Very. Well, I never wake up in the morning and think,
    woo, I get to kill off whoever, it’s very hard for me. And I am the writer. So I know what’s coming, and sometimes a couple
    of months out, I start to kind of like, okay, I’ve got to prepare myself for this. And I think one of the, we’re so lucky in
    this country that we live where and when we do. That we haven’t had a war on our soil, since
    the Civil War. And before that, the Revolutionary War, so
    we don’t really have that. We don’t, they have one after another after
    another. Experience of what that means. And I just wanted to honor for them what had
    happened. But the other piece of this is, these are
    two best friends for life. And what happens to people, when they are
    put in this most extraordinary circumstance? We are the kind of people who would, we’d
    like to, think we would be loyal and honorable and rise to the occasion. But in real life, that often doesn’t happen
    that people, to save themselves, to save others, will betray somebody. And so too, I think, for me almost more than
    writing about the massacre per se, it’s really about these interpersonal relationships, between
    Mija and Youngsook and their families. But let’s talk about female friendships for
    a moment, because you’re really a master at this. I Snow Flower and the Secret Fan we had, the
    life long best friends The best friends for life. We have best friends here. Is it just that women’s friendships are messier
    and more complicated, and much more fun to write about than men? Well, I think there are two pieces to that. First of all, we have centuries of men writing
    about women, and not very many women writing about, our own relationships. Yes, you can go back and you’ll find the Bronte
    Sisters and Jane Austen and Virginia Woolf. But it’s really only the last 75 years that
    women have really been writing, and publishing. And talking about our own lives, and the kinds
    of relationships we have. So I’m always drawn to sisters, to mothers
    and daughters, and of course, to best friends. And you will tell a best friend, something
    that you wouldn’t tell your husband, or your boyfriend, or your lover, or your children,
    or your mother. It’s a very particular kind of intimacy. And when you have that, and when you have
    that vulnerability, that also leaves you open, to be hurt. And I think of this is kind of like the dark
    shadow side, of female friendship. And I just dive right into those shadows. And and you’re so good at it. This book progresses in an interesting way
    in the very beginning. There’s no electricity, there’s no running
    water they got to go far away to bring women. Their women are doing, this bringing the jugs
    of water back to, to do whatever, at the end of the story. They’ve got iPhones and they got the EarPods. EarPods. So what do you think that they, in modernization
    that they’ve gained and what have they lost? Well, so it is interesting that today, Korea
    is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. It’s super, super modern. And yet that all happened, in this very short
    period of time. And so I think whenever you have this kind
    of geometric jump, there’s so much that is gained. Just for example, washing machines, and how
    transformative a washing machine is, to women’s lives around the world. To have access to television and radio, that
    gives you a sense of, not only what’s happening where you live, but it also about your country,
    about the rest of the world. So all of that is great. But you do start to lose traditions, and you
    do start to lose, I think some of those traditions that really keep families together, that are
    are so deep that, but they start to get diffused a little bit. And that’s always hard on a culture. It really is. The Haenyeo women were very interesting because,
    truly they were financially independent. They had their own thing going. Now how is it now, because you were there
    not that long ago. They’ve always passed this down from one generation
    to another. Are they happy that their daughters now are,
    would be going out? They’re so happy. They are? No, they’re so proud of their daughters and
    granddaughters. I mean, this again, it’s very dangerous work,
    it’s very hard work. And so they wanted the best for their children. And to give their daughters, especially this
    different life, and just to be able to read and write. And how important that is to all of us. But for these women, all of the ones that
    I interviewed Because the boys did go to school. The boys went to school. And then they would talk about, who do you
    wanna marry? Do you wanna marry the doctor? Do you wanna marry Peter? And this is something that still today, continues
    to today. I loved it. I just love that Heidi was in there. Can we talk about your background for a moment,
    ’cause that really is, in all of your books. You are from a mixed background, Chinese American. And did that affect your writing? And how, did that affect your writing? So when I was a child, I mean I in Los Angeles,
    where I grew up. I have about 400 relatives. There about a dozen that look like Family reunions must be fun. Yeah. The majority are still full Chinese and then
    this little spectrum in between. And so when I was a little girl and I looked
    around me, what I saw were Chinese faces. What I experienced was Chinese culture, Chinese
    tradition, Chinese language, Chinese food. And so that’s why I write the kinds of books
    I do, even though I don’t look Chinese at all. But this is what I experienced as a girl,
    and all the way to today. Talk a little bit about your Chinese history,
    if you would. So my great, great grandfather came to work
    on the building of the, Transcontinental Railroad. My great grandfather came and stayed. And he was in Sacramento. He did a lot of the jobs that immigrants do
    even today. He washed dishes in restaurants. He swept up in the factories, he worked in
    fields. I don’t know if I can say this, but by the
    time he was 30, in the 1880s, in Sacramento, he had his first business. It was a factory that manufactured, crotchless
    underwear for brothels. Talk about coming along here. Exactly. Okay. Everyone has to have their beginning in America. That’s ours. I like that. Yes. Would you compete with little lightning round? Would you? Sure. Okay. I know that you’ve traveled extensively and
    to crazy remote parts of the world, your favorite place you’ve ever been? [Lisa] Bhutan. And I’m gonna say Why? Because most of us have not been. well, first of all, it’s considered to be
    the happiest place on earth. It’s a landlocked country. They only accept a few visitors every year
    about 10,000. Now, I think it’s a little more. And so the king makes sure that, the architecture
    remains traditional, if you don’t follow the actual architecture, they won’t hook up electricity
    into your house. So it’s still very authentic. I think they don’t have a single traffic light. They don’t have a single Starbucks. They won’t let any chains like that into the
    country. So it’s still so pure, of its own culture. Do you write every day, when you are not traveling? When I’m writing, I try to write 1000 words
    a day, which is four pages. But actually, the writing is the least, the
    shortest amount of time for my work. So book takes me two years, the largest amount
    is focused on the research. The shortest is writing. And the middle part is the editing. So if you’re writing, 1000 words a day, that’s
    four pages. I think the last book was about 400 pages. That’s only 100 days. If you could not have been a writer, what
    would you have been? Landscape architect. I Like that. worst job? Worst job, I was. What do you call, like the PBX person. [Ann] Telephone? Hello the name of the company. How am I director your call? Not much creativity in that job at all. No windows in that room either. When you are not writing, I know you are probably
    reading, what is it that you like to read? I actually don’t read fiction when I’m working,
    because I don’t want anybody else’s voice to seep in even inadvertently. I’m very careful about what I read, and I
    know this may be kind of superstitious. It’s sort of like, the quarterback saying,
    I’m gonna wear the same jockstrap all season and I’ll win. But maybe that’s true, maybe it isn’t. But I feel like I need to protect myself. I can’t ever say so in certain books like,
    oh, the feeling was electric, if they don’t have electricity. So I have to just really try to stay in that
    culture and in that time. And so I don’t read any fiction. I spend a lot of time reading people’s unpublished
    dissertations. These weird reports, scientific with this
    book, a lot of scientific studies. And then when a book is done, I just go on
    a big reading rampage, and I read everything. I read mysteries I read whatever the big new
    books are, on the bestseller list. I always try to read the first novels by Asian
    American writers. I read a little bit of science fiction. I just, I try to cover the waterfront, because
    it’s all interesting to me. And couple of classics I’ll throw in there,
    which, all of this I did last summer, when I had a break. And I actually made a list that I included,
    some of the books in my newsletter. And even I was like, wow, that’s pretty eclectic. It is an eclectic reading list. Well, in this book, older women are greatly
    respected. Yes. They are absolutely honored on the Island
    of Jeju and as a matter of fact, the Jeju word which is Halmang has two meanings, grandmother
    and goddess. The Island of Sea Women, it is wonderful. Lisa See, I wanna thank you so much for being
    here. Thank you so much for having me. Thank you. I’m Ann Bocock, connect with me and join me,
    on the next Between The Covers. Thank you. Oh, you did so great. I loved it! Yeah.

    Miami-Dade Minute – April 11, 2017 – TPO 40th Anniversary
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    Miami-Dade Minute – April 11, 2017 – TPO 40th Anniversary

    February 4, 2020


    This is your Miami-Dade Minute Miami-Dade County’s Transportation Planning
    Organization is celebrating its 40th year in style. TPO held its special meeting at the new Brickell
    City Centre. The day began with a ride on the metro mover
    from the Stephen P. Clark Center to the newly renovated 8th street station. Mayor Gimenez, County Commissioners and members
    of TPO took a short tour of City Centre before lunch at EAST Miami, then the meeting commenced. There’s gonna be a revolution in transportation
    and it’s coming soon. We need to take advantage of technologies. TPO is looking towards the future. I think the future holds a lot of wonderful
    surprises. I think we have automated cars that are coming
    we’re gonna have far more electric vehicles there’s gonna be a lot more innovation.
    The way that our county will evolve will change very rapidly and the way the technology keeps
    up with that evolution will be extremely interesting Along with improvements to personal transportation,
    TPO has placed special emphasis on public transit with the Strategic Miami Area Rapid
    Transit Plan or SMART Plan. Transit has to be at the forefront if we want
    a sustainable Miami-Dade County. We can’t get it done by ourselves as a county.
    We need the participation of all the cities in Miami-Dade County, we also need the participation
    of our federal and state partners. For more information on the transportation
    planning organization visit www.miamidadempo.org For Miami-Dade TV I’m Stefany Tomas and that’s
    your Miami-Dade Minute.