FYI Miami: January 21, 2021
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SCOOTER SCORECARD: Scooter firms working in Miami will probably be underneath the added scrutiny of a brand new group reporting system by Miami Riders Alliance, an area mobility advocacy group. The scorecard “will publicly maintain operators accountable for following town’s guidelines and seeks to advertise extra accountable operations amongst some earlier dangerous actors with this scoring system,” the group mentioned on its web site Jan. 14, including that it might “work hand in hand with the Metropolis of Miami to audit scooter operators and their efficiency.” Miami has halted electrical scooter operations a number of occasions in response to complaints and cases of their cluttered deployment, obstruction of rights-of-way and underage driving. Most lately, Metropolis Supervisor Artwork Noriega suspended the pilot scooter program to handle points, together with a 25% fleet discount. This system recommenced Jan. 15. Customers can price how effectively firms adjust to metropolis guidelines and report scooter crowding, pace restrict violations, fallen scooters and underage driving at cell.riders.miami/reporting.html or by calling the Miami Parking Authority at (305) 579-4900.
RIDERS KEEP EXITING: Miami-Dade’s beleaguered transit system barely slowed its year-to-year plunge in ridership in November, which noticed a drop of 44.4% in whole passengers from November 2019, new figures present, versus a forty five.1% drop in October. Rides on the system in November totaled 3,672,591 in 2020, however 6,610,671 in a 12 months earlier earlier than the coronavirus hit. However in November 2016, the system had 7,894,500 whole ridership. Bus use in November was down 36.8% 12 months over 12 months, Metrorail use was down 52.4%, and use of the free Metromover was down 70.9%.
OUTDOOR DINING EXTENDED: Whereas Miami metropolis commissioners lately accredited an extension for the short-term out of doors eating program that was established to assist struggling companies affected by the coronavirus pandemic, additionally they requested the administration to research how the café allow program is doing. Commissioners requested workers what is likely to be the impact of extending this system in perpetuity insofar as dropping income from parking areas which can be at the moment in use for this system.
TELEHEALTH PRESCRIPTIONS: Amid expanded use of telehealth throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Rep. Tom Fabricio of Miramar has filed a invoice that will remove restrictions on prescribing managed substances by means of telehealth. Beneath present legislation, telehealth can be utilized to prescribe managed substances solely in restricted circumstances, corresponding to for therapy of psychiatric problems, for therapy of hospice sufferers and for therapy of nursing-home residents. The invoice would remove the restrictions.