Q: When the new Interstate 595 reversible express lanes open early next year, will the present I-595 handle all the extra traffic when express lane drivers merge back? Or are we going to see major traffic jams?
Barry Broderson, Davie
A: Eastbound I-595 will be re-striped with five lanes on the bridge that leads to I-95. The highway is currently four lanes.
When the reversible lanes are handling eastbound traffic, one of the three lanes will drop off to merge onto the new direct ramps to Florida's Turnpike. The two remaining lanes will merge back into the regular lanes of I-595 at S.R. 7.
When the reversible lanes are handling westbound traffic, one of the three lanes will merge back into the regular lanes at Flamingo Road for drivers headed to the Sawgrass Expressway. The other two express lanes will continue to the ramps for I-75. The beginning of the ramp to southbound I-75 will be widened to three lanes to handle the extra traffic.
Q: It's too dark at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Lyons Road, particularly when drivers are making the left turn from westbound Atlantic to southbound Lyons. Does Palm Beach County plan to address this?
Beverly Lopinuso, Boca Raton
The county has no plans to install street lights on Lyons. But the Florida Department of Transportation is installing lights on West Atlantic from Florida's Turnpike to west of Lyons.
Q: When I take Tri-Rail to the Metrorail Transfer Station in Miami-Dade County, a staff person at the station has helped me get a transfer ticket at the ticket vending machines. He does it so fast that I haven't been able to take note of which buttons he pushes on the machine. I hate holding people up in line. Can you help with a faster way to get the transfer ticket?
Margaret Bernath, Deerfield Beach
Officials say the easiest way to transfer from Tri-Rail to Metrorail is to purchase an EASY card to ride on Tri-Rail, which you can get before you board the train at the Deerfield Beach station. With an EASY card you don't to worry about getting a transfer ticket.
The EASY card works like a debit card or SunPass. You can load money on the card remotely, which deducts the correct fare when you tap it on any of the validators that are located on station platforms. And it requires just one visit to a ticket machine.
Children, people with disabilities, seniors, students and Tri-Rail's employer discount program members can get a discounted fare EASY card by taking the proper eligibility forms to a ticket kiosk equipped with a photo station, including West Palm Beach, Pompano Beach and Metrorail Transfer stations.
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