Donald Trump Will Ruin Your Commute Today
Photo by Ian Witlen
In case he hasn't already done enough to ruin your 2017, President Donald Trump is coming to Miami today to personally make your brutal morning commute worse than it already is.
Trump is taking a break from yelling at Democrats and Hillary Clinton on Twitter to reveal his Cuba policy during a speech early this afternoon at the Manuel Artime Theater in Little Havana. The Miami Herald has already reported what he'll say: namely, that he's tightening restrictions on travel to the island and banning business with its military conglomerate — but notably, not bringing back the "wet foot, dry foot" policy that gave Cuban exiles a quick path to citizenship.
After landing at Miami International Airport at 12:30 p.m., Trump's caravan is expected to wind through Doral to Little Havana, where he'll sign a directive to that effect at the theater as Cuban-American supporters look on.
Naturally, protesters plan to crash the president's party. The People's Progressive Caucus of Miami-Dade, which also hosted a protest when Vice President Mike Pence was in town yesterday, rallied demonstrators to turn up at the theater. More than 150 people RSVP'ed to today's protest on Facebook, and hundreds of others said they were interested in attending.
What all of this means for your drive is that you'll probably get nowhere fast. The Miami Police Department announced street closures along West Flagler Street from NW North River Drive to SW 12th Avenue, as well as SW First to Second Street from Eighth Avenue to 12th Avenue, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. today.
In Doral, NW 33rd Street between 91st to 97th Avenues will be closed, according to the Herald. Additional closures could be forthcoming.
Anyone trying to get to or from MIA should expect delays. Slowdowns are likely along the Dolphin Expressway during Trump's arrival and departure, and some flights might be delayed to accommodate Air Force One.
Public transportation will also be affected. Miami-Dade transportation officials announced Metrorail and Metromover might "cease operations intermittently" and asked passengers to plan accordingly. Bus routes could feel an impact too, per the Herald.
Though Trump has made many visits to his Palm Beach estate, this is the first time since being elected that he's graced Miamians with his presence.
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