USDOT Allocates $100 million for the SMART Plan’s South Dade Transitway Corridor
“On behalf of the Miami-Dade TPO Governing Board, I am pleased to learn about USDOT’s $100 million commitment for the South Corridor of the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Plan. On August 30, 2018, the TPO Governing Board approved Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for this 20-mile exclusive transitway, between the Dadeland South Metrorail Station and Florida City. This SMART Plan corridor will increase connectivity from South Dade to Downtown Miami, as well as enhance mobility options and access to opportunities, including employment, education, and recreation, in Miami-Dade County.”
- Oliver G. Gilbert III, Miami-Dade TPO Chairman
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Webpage
The Miami-Dade TPO has taken the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of staff and the community during this unprecedented time. The TPO’s mission has been to ensure the transportation planning process continues uninterrupted in an open, transparent, and safe environment. To assist with accomplishing this goal, information provided on this webpage includes: links to State of Emergency documents; links to TPO virtual meeting videos and slide decks; and virtual meeting how-to guides.
Doral Trolley SMART Plan Coordination Study
This study aims to analyze and evaluate the existing Doral Trolley System (DTS) to recommend modification, enhancement, and/or expansion solutions to better serve the target travel market over the short-, medium-, and long-term. This study also aims to define the target travel market and connect the DTS with other existing and planned municipal, County, and regional transit services.
- Doral Trolley SMART Plan Coordination Study Executive Summary, February 2020
- Doral Trolley SMART Plan Coordination Study Final Report, February 2020
- Doral Trolley SMART Plan Coordination Study Final Report Appendices, February 2020
2019 Miami-Dade TPO Annual Report
The Miami-Dade TPO’s 2019 Annual Report details the accomplishments achieved by the TPO Governing Board and staff. This includes the advancement of the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit “SMART” Plan through several bold steps taken to increase momentum and establish directives that are critical to the success of the SMART Plan. The report also discusses how the TPO is securing funding opportunities for the SMART Plan, which is aimed at providing solutions through mobility options. Finally, there is information regarding the various activities TPO staff was engaged in aiming to improve the overall transportation system.
2019 Outreach Events
Staff attends various community events to ensure that the public is provided with an equal opportunity to participate in our transportation planning process.
Where has staff been?
Village of Palmetto Bay SMART Mobility Hubs and Transit Infrastructure Plan
To provide the community with a comprehensive system of Transit Mobility Hubs connecting to the South Dade Transitway and Village of Palmetto Bay. This Plan seeks to improve connectivity, mobility and safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users through the identification of neighborhood, community and regional Mobility Hubs. The Plan includes the identification of amenities, improvements and recommendations to create vibrant public spaces to garner the support needed for mode shift in the Village.
Town of Cutler Bay Mobility Hubs Plan
To provide the community with a comprehensive system of Transit Mobility Hubs connecting to the South Dade Transitway and Town of Cutler Bay. This Plan seeks to improve connectivity, mobility and safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users through the identification of neighborhood, community and regional Mobility Hubs. The Plan includes the identification of amenities, improvements and recommendations to create vibrant public spaces to garner the support needed for mode shift in the Town.
- Town of Cutler Bay Mobility Hubs Plan Executive Summary, 10/2019
- Town of Cutler Bay Mobility Hubs Plan Final Report, 10/2019
Downtown Miami SMART Corridor Hub Traffic Study
This study examines connectivity and accessibility between the different transportation modes available to travelers in Greater Downtown Miami, as well as the land-uses that support these modes.
- Downtown Miami SMART Corridor Hub Transportation Mobility & Connectivity Study Executive Summary, October 2019
- Downtown Miami SMART Corridor Hub Transportation Mobility & Connectivity Study Final Report, October 2019
Coral Gables Bicycle & Pedestrian Stress Assessment Study
This study envisions the creation of a safe, protected bike and pedestrian transportation network that supports Coral Gables’ sustainability goals while having enormous public health benefits which accrue from daily physical activity. Creating more sustainable transportation options can also reduce the number of shorter automobile trips, helping to mitigate congestion and reduce vehicular emissions.
SMART Demonstration Program Video
Watch the newly released SMART Demonstration Program video to learn how the Miami-Dade TPO is working with transportation partners to increase first and last mile access to the SMART Plan corridors.
Senior Living Facilities Road Safety Audit
This study evaluates traffic safety conditions and recommend improvements around senior living facilities that have been identified as priority locations to minimize potential for future crash occurrences and severity by recommending improvements.
- Senior Living Facilities Road Safety Audit Executive Summary, October 2019
- Senior Living Facilities Road Safety Audit Final Report, October 2019
Miami-Dade TPO Certified until 2023
Every four years the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) conduct a review of the Miami-Dade TPO’s transportation planning process, as required by law. The Federal Team conducted a site visit with TPO staff on April 2-3, 2019 that included a comprehensive, interactive discussion explaining the multitude of work products completed and best practices achieved over the last four years. The Federal Team and TPO staff communicated with one another what the required regulations are and how each one was successfully accomplished, respectively. A televised/webcast Public Meeting was also held on April 3rd that allowed the general public to speak directly with the Federal Team about the Miami-Dade TPO’s transportation planning process.
As a result of this effort, a joint letter from FHWA and FTA was received stating, “This review determined that the Miami-Dade TPO continues to satisfy the provisions for metropolitan transportation planning, substantially meeting the requirements of 23 CFR Part 450…This certification will remain in effect until August 2023.” The Federal will attend the November 21, 2019 TPO Governing Board meeting to discuss their findings with the Board.
Miami Lakes Smart Technology Implementation Plan
The Miami Lakes Smart Mobility and Technology Transportation Study identifies how Smart Technology can be implemented to improve transportation, mobility, and safety within the Town. The Town of Miami Lakes is on the forefront of planning efforts as new technologies emerge such as autonomous vehicles that will impact mobility and the way people move in the future. These technologies connect, collect and transmit information, and monitor conditions for efficient Town management and operations.
Miami-Dade County Modal Split Analysis Study
This study analyzes the means of transportation to work used by residents in the County’s 42 Traffic Analysis Districts (TADs), and along the County’s Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Plan corridors in 2017, the most recent data available. For comparison purposes, it also includes an analysis of the means of transportation to work used by residents of the United States, the State of Florida, and six peer counties. Data published by the Census Bureau for the comparison areas include cross-tabulations by worker characteristics, such as age, place of birth, earnings, and industry; however, the sub-county data used to analyze the TADs and the corridors is available only for the total number of workers by means of transportation to work.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Tips and Resources
South Corridor Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Video
Miami-Dade County Vision Zero Plan
The Vision Zero program is dedicated to eliminating deaths and serious injuries from the transportation network and has been implemented in numerous areas throughout the world.
The proposed 2018 Miami-Dade Vision Zero Plan is a systematic approach to implementing safety countermeasures and policies to reduce, and ultimately eliminate fatalities and serious injuries related to mobility in Miami-Dade County. Key objectives of this Plan include: establishing a methodology by which crash statistics can continue to be used to determine priorities for crash locations improvements; measuring the ongoing progress of the Plan; providing a means to engage local government and citizenry; and offering specific guidance on proven safety countermeasures.
In keeping with the goal of Vision Zero, and based on a thorough review of the state-of-the-art, this Plan proposes the total elimination of all traffic-related deaths and serious injuries by the year 2030, which recognizes that progress will take time. Some efforts may not yield visible results immediately. Stakeholders need to bring both a strong sense of urgency to their efforts, as well as a focus on sharing and measuring efforts as they develop longer-term investments in safety.
Factors Affecting Transit Ridership
The Miami-Dade TPO initiated this study to identify contributing factors for the decreasing trend in transit ridership in Miami-Dade County and to recommend potential actions. Transit data was reviewed to better understand the current state of transit ridership in Miami-Dade County and the contributing factors to changes in transit ridership. In addition, national research was conducted to understand ridership trends experienced by other transit agencies, causal factors, and strategies developed to mitigate transit ridership decline.
Another key component of this study was a web-based survey conducted to obtain input from the residents of Miami-Dade County on the factors affecting transit use (the survey provided informal feedback on service from individuals that may or may not use transit today, and is not necessarily representative of the general cross section of the population). Overall, 1,755 completed surveys were received, which included 1,164 responses from transit users and 591 responses from non-transit users.
- Factors Affecting Transit Ridership Executive Summary
- Factors Affecting Transit Ridership Full Report
- Factors Affecting Transit Ridership Appendices
Miami-Dade County Freight Logistics Zone (FLZ) Designation
In 2015, the Florida Legislature created a new section in Florida Statutes Chapter 311, “Designation of state freight logistics zones (FLZs)”. FLZs provide a framework for directing potential funding to freight projects within the defined boundaries. These designations have the potential to qualify projects for funding or incentive programs, and ultimately compete for available funding.
FLZs by definition increase the efficiency of freight moving to, from, and through the designated area. The proposed Miami-Dade FLZ includes the entire county and encompasses key subareas that provide for freight and logistics operations, and also captures other key operations including workforce training (e.g., colleges, universities, industry training programs) that typically are located outside of the industrial areas. The intent of this approach to FLZ designation is to provide the county and its municipalities with the ability to market the entire county for a full range of freight and logistics related activities.
The proposed FLZ designation was prepared as part of the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) 2018 Update to the Miami-Dade County Freight Plan.
Nondiscrimination: Title VI, ADA and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
The Miami-Dade TPO has set a policy that assures that no person shall on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, family, or religious status, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, and the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination or retaliation under any program or activity. The following information supports the TPO’s Title VI/DBE Program:
- Title VI Policy Assurance Statement
- Title VI/Nondiscrimination Complaint Procedures
- Limited English Proficiency Plan (LEP)
- DBE Assurance Statement
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