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Last week Transit Alliance Miami, a group that advocates for public transit improvements, released a “Mobility Scorecard” with their opinions on local transit options…and none got a passing grade.
The group gave main systems Metrobus and Metrorail “D” grades, and even free options like local trolleys got “Fs” due to limited hours and a lack of well-planned routes. (The group developed its own grading system; it’s not benchmarked against other cities like New York.)
We took a bus ride to work with Azhar Chougle, the director of the alliance, to get his perspective firsthand. We also talked to Azhar about what he’d consider an “A” for our public transit system.
WHAT ARE THE ISSUES RIGHT NOW? Azhar said the issue isn’t the number of buses, it’s routes and timeliness. He said the Metrobus system has almost 800 buses on the road but many of them run on “spaghetti or rollercoaster routes,” meaning they “take a lot of turns and go in circles and loops, rather than just being straight-line routes.”
Even on corridors with high ridership, like along Flagler Street, Azhar said buses aren’t running frequently enough. Their data indicates that the average frequency is about 35 minutes.
WHAT’S UP NEXT?: The alliance proposing a total bus redesign called the “Better Bus Project” to essentially start the system over “from scratch” and look at areas where the demand is highest. “This is something immediate that we can work on.”
Azhar said that wouldn’t bring the system up to an “A” by the alliance’s standards because of other lingering issues like a lack of bus shelters and an aging fleet of buses but, “It’ll certainly help bring it up at least one grade.” The alliance’s data shows that only about 25 percent of bus stops have shelters.
WHAT’S THE MVP OF BUS ROUTES?: Route 119 S. Azhar described it as a “lifeline” and said it has the highest ridership of any Metrobus route. It has stops at Aventura Mall, and in Downtown Miami at the Omni terminal and Government Center, and the route travels through Miami Beach all the way north to Sunny Isles Beach before looping back to the mainland.
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A new in sheriff in town. Starting in 2024, Miami-Dade County residents will once again be responsible for electing their own sheriff, elections supervisor, and tax collector. Amendment 10, approved on Tuesday, essentially reverses a referendum that’s been on the books in Miami since the 1960s, when a pair of scandals prompted voters to switch the sheriff position from an elected position to one that’s appointed by the mayor. The shift will lead to some big changes at the county administration level, but current Police Director Juan Perez says the department is up to the challenge. (Miami Herald)
Looking ahead. More than 1 million convicted felons had their voting rights restored with the passage of Amendment 4, but some people are worried that partisan politics will delay the law’s implementation. As things stand now, the amendment goes into effect on Jan. 8, meaning that those with qualifying convictions should be able to register to vote on that day. (Miami Herald)
A hypebeast haven. If you’re a fashionable fan of famous and rare streetwear, then Lower East Coast in the Design District will likely be your new favorite destination. The shop was founded by two Miami natives in Allapattah before moving to their current spot, and their store is filled with everything from out-of-print magazines to gear from local designers. (Indulge)
In the cards: another yard. Good news for fans of Wynwood Yard: the outdoor event space and food truck haven may be set to close next spring, but beyond the plans for North Beach Yard the owners are opening a new, more permanent facility in Doral called Doral Yard. It will include coworking space, outdoor performance space, and a “micro food hall” — which we almost hope will be a collection of vendors selling adorable tiny foodstuffs. (Miami New Times)
Walk it out. Your long walk on the beach can now be even longer, thanks to an 11-block expansion of Miami Beach’s beachwalk from 53rd Street to 64th Street in Mid Beach. By March, crews plan to finish connecting a continuous seven-mile path for cyclists and pedestrians that will run the length of the city. (The Next Miami)
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🍻 NOMI Brewfest | All You Can Eat & Drink, 75+ Beers Join us tomorrow, Saturday Nov. 10 from 12 - 5p.m. Buy here for 20% off your all-inclusive ticket & enjoy live music, craft brews & gourmet eats!
🧘Through Sunday: Check out the Cushion Crawl challenge (it’s like a Pub Crawl, but for 21 days of Mindfulness) (Multiple Locations)
🌱Through Sunday: Eat, drink, and live well at the Seed Food and Wine Festival. – Use code NEWTROPIC10 for 10% off tickets. (Multiple locations)
🎻Today: Late night club meets orchestra at Pulse (Miami Beach)
🎉Today: The Yard is turning three and they’re celebrating with a folk and indie festival (Wynwood)
🌱Tomorrow: Head to Seed Food & Wine’s Festival Day to enjoy free food and drinks and learn about sustainable living (Little Haiti)
🍻Tomorrow: Innovation meets brews at this beer festival (North Miami)
🎸Tomorrow: Celebrate 10 years of Guitars Over Guns with special performances, silent auctions, and eats and drinks (Coral Gables)
📚Sunday: Word nerds unite for the start of the Miami Book Fair (Downtown)
💻Tuesday, Nov. 13: Join a discussion between LinkedIn Local and FIU faculty to connect beyond online profiles and job titles. (Miami Beach)
💻 Wednesday, Nov. 14: Learn about the future of logistics at this tech summit (Overtown)
🎤Wednesday, Nov. 14: Head to Vizcaya for a night of poetry and enchantment (Coconut Grove)
🛋️Thursday, Nov. 15: Interior Design meets cafecito at this BoConcept event (Brickell)
🎉Friday, Nov. 16: Celebrate Venture City’s Miami Launch Party at their new Little Havana campus (Little Havana)
📽️Friday, Nov. 16: Catch the film, “Lumumba,” and join a discussion on his contribution to the African Diaspora (Overtown)
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🎶Celebrate our homegrown talent at the Miami Folk and Indie Fest (Wynwood)
💤Have a slumber party at Frost and explore the world of light (Downtown)
🕺Jam to some house and groove tunes with Rich Medina (Wynwood)
🎼Hear a mix of genres at the FIU Music Festival (Sweetwater)
🤓Geek out at the Gamer Comic Expo – through Monday, Nov. 12 (Blue Lagoon)
☀️Learn about going solar in your own home (Miami Beach)
✊🏿Hit the grand opening of the Roots Collective Black House (Liberty City)
🗣️Attend a workshop all about being a maker and building your business (South Beach)
🚶Walk the Downtown Miami International Riverwalk Festival (Downtown)
🎶Jam at the House of Creatives music fest – Through Sunday (Key Biscayne)
🏳️🌈Check out the “gayest ball in Miami” at the Brat Ball (Downtown)
🎤Catch rapper Bas at The Hangar (Downtown)
🎸Get your “Bohemian Rhapsody” on at this Queen tribute (Little Haiti)
🛍️Get some holiday shopping done at this market – Through Sunday (Design District)
🍷Eat and drink at the Doral Food & Wine Festival – Through Sunday (Doral)
⛸️Get your inline skating on with South Florida Trikke (South Beach)
🍖BBQ with the Proper Sausages crew at The Anderson (Upper East Side)
🍗Nom on all of the chicken tenders (Flagami)
🎥Watch “Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable” over brunch (Wynwood)
🛍️Browse local vendors at The Black Market (Little Haiti)
🎖️Honor veterans at Miami Beach’s Veteran’s Day parade (South Beach)
🔥Catch the Miami Heat against the Philadelphia 76ers (Downtown)
🃏Do your worst in a Cards Against Humanity tournament (Wynwood)
🧘Learn from meditation pioneer Sharon Salzberg at this talk (South Beach)
🗣️Listen to stories about beginnings at The Moth’s StorySLAM (Downtown)
🌿Learn how art and healthy food choices can help you live a holistic life (Coconut Grove)
Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag @thenewtropic on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with a New Tropic membership.
Before we go, we wanted to shout out the winners from our week of giveaways! Congrats to Jackie Navarrete and Donna MacLaughlin who won tickets to the Seed Food and Wine Festival’s Burger Battle and Festival Day; Carlos Lopez who won tickets to New World Symphony’s PULSE after party; and Pedro Menocal who won tickets to the North Miami Brewfest.
If you didn’t win but are still looking for plans this weekend, the Miami Book Fair kicks off this Sunday! We’ll have a bunch more info on the fair next week too, so stay tuned.
– The New Tropic