Miami-Dade TPO Telecommute Study
In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic reshaped daily life, making significant changes in how people operated. While the pandemic has presented a range of challenges, it has also presented opportunities to showcase resilience. Telecommuting is one example of that resilience, reflected in a growing trend in many industries to comply with social distancing guidelines. In mid-summer, the Miami-Dade TPO Governing Board approved a study focusing on the concept of telecommuting as part of a long-term overall strategy to reduce congestion and improve mobility in Miami-Dade County. The Miami-Dade TPO, in partnership with FDOT District Six and Florida International University (FIU), embarked on an effort to understand telecommuting trends and the possibility that telecommuting can be used as a traffic mitigation strategy to “Flatten the congestion curve” post-COVID-19. A significant outcome of the study is the advancement of a series of policy actions, including a Pilot Telecommuting Program in partnership with the South Florida Commuter Services (SFCS). This study includes an assessment of national and international telecommuting trends; a telecommute survey providing insights into the telecommuting experience; and viable policy recommendations that can be implemented to promote telecommuting in Miami-Dade County.
- Miami-Dade TPO Telecommute Study Executive Summary, January 2021
- Miami-Dade TPO Telecommute Study Final Report, January 2021
2020 Miami-Dade TPO Annual Report
The Miami-Dade TPO’s 2020 Annual Report details the accomplishments achieved by the TPO Governing Board and staff. This edition is dedicated to all who have lost their lives in service to Miami-Dade County during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to the frontline workers who have persevered to provide much needed services, including transportation, in our community. The TPO Governing Board consistently convened to prioritize and maintain critical transportation funding to meet the needs of the community during these challenging times. Throughout this report, the region’s mobility trends are discussed with respect to changing travel patterns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of innovation from the need for public safety that has future implications for the long-term reduction of traffic congestion, such as telecommuting, is highlighted. Also noted are the range of expanded mobility choices directly correlated to the restructuring of public rights-of-way from 'car-centric' to 'pedestrian-centric' environments. These are just a few trends provided in this annual report.
SMART Plan/North Corridor Economic Mobility & Accessibility Report
This report addresses the North Corridor, specifically assessing the economic mobility and accessibility needs along this critical SMART Plan corridor, stretching 13-miles from the Miami-Dade/Broward County Line, to the Airport Expressway, along NW 27th Avenue. The North Corridor will create an important transit link between North and Central Miami-Dade County, as well as Broward County to the north. The results and recommendations from this study will be included in upcoming federal transit funding grant applications, as well as provides the TPO Governing Board with specific recommendations for the programming needs of the first/last mile network and Transit Oriented Development along this corridor.
- SMART Plan/North Corridor Economic Mobility & Accessibility Executive Summary, January 2021
- SMART Plan/North Corridor Economic Mobility & Accessibility Final Report, January 2021
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
Urban Mobility Strategies in Miami-Dade County
This study was completed at the request of the Miami-Dade TPO’s Urban Mobility Task Force (UMTF). The study identified strategies and procedures to address improving the project development process, minimizing impacts during roadway construction, and identifying industry best practices. The study team identified how projects in in the county are planned, designed, and built and has formulated recommendations in the study’s Recommendations & Action Plan on how to streamline and improve this process. This report summarizes the results from the input received from the Study Advisory Group (SAG), a comprehensive literature review, an analysis of national best practices, and in-depth interviews with existing stakeholders in the private sector and state and county government agencies.
Fiscal Priorities Committee SMART Plan Financial Report
TPO Resolution #17-18: Pursuant to request by the TPO Fiscal Priorities Committee (FPC), on July 10, 2020 FPC conducted a special meeting for discussion of SMART Plan funding. The SMART Plan financial report was presented to the committee. This report summarizes the financial planning, modeling, and strategy recommendations for implementing the SMART Plan. The report also captures the accomplishments and milestones achieved during State Fiscal Year 2020 (July 2019 to June 2020).
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.
SMART Plan Demonstration Programs Evaluation Criteria & Monitoring
The purpose of the SMART Demonstration Program Evaluation Criteria & Monitoring Study is to establish common criteria to monitor, evaluate, and assess the success of the projects which compose the SMART Demonstration Program. To achieve this goal, the study team set out to evaluate best practices at the local, state, and national levels. Based on this research, the team developed an evaluation process which includes both qualitative and quantitative aspects of a projects contributions to the transit environment. A monitoring program was developed to evaluate the success of implemented SMART Demonstration projects, and test evaluations were performed for each type of project currently in operation, including On-Demand Responsive services, Fixed Routes, and Park-and-Ride Stations . This study documents that process.
- SMART Plan Demonstration Program Evaluation Criteria & Monitoring Final Report, September 2020
- SMART Plan Demonstration Program Evaluation Criteria & Monitoring Executive Summary, September 2020
SMART Plan Beach-Northeast Land Use Scenario & Visioning Planning Report
The SMART Plan, adopted by the Miami-Dade TPO Governing Board in 2016, includes the advancement of six rapid transit corridors along with a BERT network. The SMART Plan corridors have been advancing through two complementary processes: Project Development and Environment (PD&E) and Land Use Scenario and Visioning Planning (LUS&VP). The purpose of LUS&VP is to integrate transportation and land use planning, thereby maximizing the effectiveness of transit investments along the SMART Plan corridors. This report focuses on the LUS&VP activities completed for the Beach and Northeast SMART Plan Corridors, which were studied together due to the study areas overlapping one another between Downtown Miami and Midtown Miami
- Beach-Northeast Land Use Scenario Visioning and Planning Executive Summary, June 2020
- Beach-Northeast Land Use Scenario Visioning and Planning Final Report, June 2020
- Beach-Northeast Land Use Scenario Visioning and Planning Appendices, June 2020
Parking Cost Analysis Study
As part of its ongoing transportation demand modeling efforts, the Miami-Dade TPO utilizes various primary and secondary sources of data to help predict and project transportation scenarios that aid future transportation planning and investment efforts. One of these data sources is parking costs. The generalized rationale is that higher parking cost(s) in a specific area will have a direct effect on how many person(s) make trips to that area. This study, in collaboration with the South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC), assists in determining the average parking cost in each Micro Analysis Zone (MAZ), which then affects the attractiveness of given locations in the TPO’s activity-based transportation modeling process.
North-South Transportation Needs for the Coastal Communities Feasibility Study
The North-South Transportation Needs for the Coastal Communities Feasibility Study provides context and direction for the development of the multimodal transportation network for Miami-Dade County’s coastal communities. The study evaluated the community transportation needs and assessed the feasibility of implementing transit and complementary options for improvements throughout the coastal communities along SR A1A between Miami Beach and northeast Miami-Dade/Broward County Line. This includes the following municipalities: Aventura, Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor, Golden Beach, Indian Creek, Miami Beach, North Bay Village, Sunny Isles Beach, and Surfside. This effort supports previous and on-going studies, and/or plans, and the input received from the Study’s Advisory Group, in order to provide a future integrated system.
- North-South Transportation Needs for the Coastal Communities Feasibility Study Executive Summary, June 2020
- North-South Transportation Needs for the Coastal Communities Feasibility Study Report, June 2020
City of West Miami Citywide Traffic Study
Sponsored through the Miami-Dade TPO’s SMART Moves Program (Municipal portion), this effort is a follow up to the City of West Miami Engineering Traffic Study prepared in June of 2004. The study identifies projected traffic impacts resulting from the construction of seven commercial developments within the City and the City’s concerns of cut-through traffic along eight residential streets. The study area is primarily residential along SW 8th Street and along SW 67th Avenue. The purpose is to analyze possible mitigation measures to slow down and reduce non-local traffic volumes.
Miami Beach 17 Street Bicycle & Transit Lanes Feasibility Study
Through the Miami-Dade TPO’s SMART Moves Program (Municipal portion), the City commenced on this study focused on the 17th Street corridor connecting the Venetian Causeway bicycle lane, from west Avenue, to the Beachwalk. The recommended Plan considered three alternatives which included major pedestrian upgrades, a continuous bicycle lane on 17th Street and a combination Bus/Bicycle Lane from Meridian Avenue to Collins Avenue.
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
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.
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
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Tips and Resources
South Corridor Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Video
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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