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Moving the
Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit
“SMART” Plan Forward

During the Miami-Dade TPO Governing Board Meeting on October 19, 2017 the following actions were taken in order to advance the SMART Plan:

  • Adopted a resolution directing the Executive Director of the TPO to take the necessary steps to advance the North and South Dade Transitway Corridors to Priority 1 in the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP).
  • Adopted a resolution urging the State of Florida to revise Florida statutes and update policies to provide for the inclusion of fixed public transit systems as a component of the State Strategic Intermodal System that includes ridership over 20,000 per day in a county that the fixed public transit system connects multiple existing or planned hubs and helps relieve congestion facilitating the movement of people and goods on existing strategic intermodal systems.
  • Adopted a resolution urging the State of Florida to revise Florida statutes and update policies to provide for the use of toll revenues collected by Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise system for express bus service operations on the turnpike system express lanes to help relieve congestion.

Read Miam-Dade TPO Chairman Esteban L. Bovo, Jr.’s Press Release here.

See the presenation on facts about motor fuel pricing and taxes here.

If you missed it, you can watch the meeting again here.

U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao met with Miami-Dade County transportation leaders to discuss infrastructure needs hosted at Miami International Airport (MIA) by Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González, at the request of Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart. One of the main topics was focused on updating Secretary Chao on the SMART Plan and the needs from USDOT to successfully advance this program of transit related projects forward. Those in attendance included: Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners and TPO Governing Board Chairman Esteban L. Bovo, Jr.; Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez; Miami-Dade TPO Executive Director Aileen Bouclé; Florida Department of Transportation District Six Secretary James Wolfe; Miami-Dade Expressway Authority Executive Director Javier Rodriguez; Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works Director Alice Bravo; and PortMiami Director Juan M. Kuryla.



Reaching out to the Community

Miami-Dade TPO staff participated in the activities supporting the Miami-Dade County Public School (M-DCPS) Teen Driver Safety Event at Westland Hialeah Senior High School. Staff also spoke to Miami Norland Senior High School students about ethics in government during Ethical Governance Day organized by the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics (COE).

Reaching out!


Toastmasters International
Competent Communicator Award

Congratulations, Paul!Miami-Dade TPO Public Involvement Officer Paul Chance has been awarded the Competent Communicator Award by Toastmasters International. Paul completed the required speech projects, which helped develop his speaking skills one step at a time. Toastmasters International is a leader in communication and leadership development with more than 352,000 members attending one of the 16,400 clubs in 141 countries.

Congratulations Paul!




2045 Long Range Transportation Plan Solicitation

The Miami-Dade TPO is seeking a professional consultant to update the Miami-Dade County Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) to the year 2045.

Solicitation open until November 8, 2017

Apply here.


Miami River Tunnel Feasibility Study

Tunnel!The Miami-Dade TPO commissioned this study from a long-term solution perspective to examine the feasibility of a tunnel facility under the Miami River. This report documents the investigation of the feasibility of constructing a tunnel facility connecting Brickell Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard under the Miami River in Downtown Miami. Such a tunnel would provide relief to traffic using the Brickell Avenue bridge, and lessen the severity of congestion near the bridge.  The specific focus of the study was to identify alternatives that were technically feasible in regard to geometric alignment and construction method. While the study touches upon environmental and traffic circulation elements associated with a tunnel in this area, those elements were limited in their scope. The primary mission was to develop conceptual tunnel configurations that could be implemented, and that could be further investigated in subsequent more detailed studies.



 95Express it!

How to Develop a Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Action Plan

Action Plan!The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released a revised guide titled, “How to Develop a Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Action Plan.” The purpose of this revised guide is to assist agencies in developing and implementing a safety action plan to improve conditions for bicycling and walking. This version builds on the original guide, which was developed in 2006 and released in 2009. The plan lays out a vision for examining existing conditions and using a data-driven approach to match safety programs and improvements with demonstrated safety concerns.

Read more here.



2016 Fatal Traffic Crash Data

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released fatal traffic crash data for calendar year 2016. According to NHTSA data, which was collected from all 50 States and the District of Columbia, 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6 percent from the previous calendar year.

Read more here.


Wake up, Miami!

These upcoming three months enjoy much more dance, performances, and street theater in addition to the free live music. Monday morning means happiness at Miami’s busiest Metrorail/Metromover station, part of the city’s cosmopolitan transformation. Wake up Miami! is a program implemented between PAXY and Miami-Dade Transit to bring free live music and art in general for around 60 minutes Monday mornings to Government Center Metrorail/Metromover Station. It features classical, jazz, folk, reggae, and world music presented by local and not so local performers.

See the schedule here.



Upcoming Events…

South Corridor
(South Dade Transitway)
Rapid Transit Project Workshops

October 23, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Falls
8888 Southwest 136th Street
Center Court near Regal Cinemas
Miami, FL 33176

October 25, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Southland Mall
20505 South Dixie Highway
Cutler Bay, FL 33189

Learn more here.


Future Traffic!

Learn more here.


Brightline News
Temporary Grade Crossing Closures

Crews working for All Aboard Florida (AAF) will temporarily close the following grade crossings to perform construction improvements necessary for the introduction of the Brightline passenger rail service:

Miami Gardens Drive/NE 186th Street and the Florida East Coast Railway, Aventura
October 25th at 7:00 AM through November 4th at 6:00 PM.

NE 141st Street and the Florida East Coast Railway, North Miami
October 30th, 7:00 AM through November 11th, 6:00 PM.

If you have any questions, please contact Ali Soule at (305) 520-2105 (office) or


Plaza 98 Painting Weekend Event
Miami-Dade Transportation Quick-Build Program

Join Miami Shores Village, the Greater Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce, Miami Realtors, and urban design firm Street Plans in transforming NE 98th Street between the Miami Theater Center and Miami Shores Auto Repair into a pedestrian friendly street, complete with an asphalt mural. The project will prepare Miami Shores Village to turn the street into a programmable space that will host periodic community events, and a new destination for Downtown Miami Shores Village.

Learn more here.



Alternatives Workshop for
SR 836/Dolphin Expressway Southwest Extension
Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study

The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) has scheduled an Alternatives Workshop to discuss the alternatives being evaluated for the proposed SR 836/Dolphin Expressway Southwest Extension in Miami-Dade County.  The Alternatives Workshop will have an informal setting, where the public can attend at their convenience during this period of time. The public will have an opportunity to review the proposed alternatives, ask questions and provide comments. 

October 30, 2017
6:30 PM -  9:00 PM
Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School’s Gym
10300 SW 167th Avenue
Miami, FL 33196

Learn more here.

If you require further information concerning the project, or the scheduled workshop, please contact Tere Garcia, Public Information Officer at (786) 277-9292 or at


"Show me the Money"
Panel Discussion
Miami-Dade TPO, Broward MPO, and Palm Beach MPO

The Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) South Florida Chapter is honored to host the Executive Directors of the Southeast Florida region's Transportation and Metropolitan Planning Organizations. This dynamic, cutting-edge trio will be discussing the future of regional-scale projects and funding needs as they soon look to begin planning for the year 2045.

Show me the money!

November 1, 2017
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Broward MPO
100 W Cypress Creek Rd #650
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Register here.


Air & Sea Cargo Americas
International Congress & Exhibition

Air & Sea Cargo Americas, hosted by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD), will bring together top executives from all sectors of the aviation, maritime and logistics industries to exchange views and experiences to enhance the growth of the cargo industry in the Western Hemisphere.

November 1-3, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Miami Airport & Convention Center
711 NW 72nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33126

Register here.


SMART Implementation Plan Charrettes
North Corridor

North Corridor SMART!

Learn more here.


The Underline Bike Ride

Join the Underline Cycling Club for some free Sunday funday and exercise as they explore The Underline's connections to future and existing destinations in our beautiful city! You'll travel to the Village of Merrick Park, from the Brickell Metrorail Station, for some snacks, refreshments and locally sourced goods from The Farmer's Market at Merrick Park. Feel free to join in on the ride back to Brickell for a 13-mile round-trip ride, or catch the Metrorail at the Douglas Metrorail Station for a lift back.

November 5, 2017
Meet up at 9:30 AM at Brickell Metrorail Station for a 10:00 AM departure.

Learn more here.


South Florida
2017 University Commuter Challenge

The Florida Department of Transportation’s South Florida Commuter Services (SFCS) is challenging university students to use an alternative mode of transportation as part of the 2017 South Florida Commuter Challenge: University Edition. The Challenge is a regional effort throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, and Martin counties to encourage alternative mode use. Students are being asked to try one or more of the following: riding transit, carpooling, walking, or bicycling. This year, SFCS is taking an innovative approach to the Challenge by launching a mobile app, which will allow participants to easily “tap in” and “tap out” to log their trips, as well as track the real-time cost savings and environmental impact of their alternative mode use. The app will also collect data critical to analyzing current transportation systems and programs. 

November 6, 2017 through November 17, 2017

Learn more here.


SMART Implementation Plan Charrettes
Kendall Corridor

November 14, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

November 18, 2017
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Learn more here.


Regulations and Policies Impacting
AV/CV Introduction in Transit Webinar

This webinar will discuss the changes in the way public transit agencies will approach operating policy with the introduction of connected vehicles (CV) and automated vehicles (AV) over the next few decades.  The results of the decisions transit operators make may affect employees, agency management structure, and transit patrons.

November 16, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Register here.


SMART Implementation Plan Charrettes
South Corridor

December 2, 2017
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

December 6, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

December 14, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Learn more here.


Funding Opportunity for
Tribal Transportation Program Safety Funds

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has released a Notice of Funding Opportunity for Tribal Transportation Program Safety Funds. Projects should demonstrate proposed outcomes that will address the prevention and reduction of death or serious injuries in transportation related incidents, such as motor vehicle crashes, on Tribal lands.

The application deadline is December 11, 2017.

Learn more here.


 Love your streets!

Ongoing Transportation Projects…


I-95 Safety Enhancement and Reconstruction
Design/Build Project

FDOT District Six began the process of construction activities for a safety enhancement and concrete pavement reconstruction project on I-95 from NW 29 Street to NW 131 Street on March 6, 2017.  The safety initiative will involve the construction of five emergency stopping sites along 95 Express from NW 62 Street to NW 131 Street. The reconstruction portion of the design/build project will involve replacement of the concrete pavement on I-95 from NW 29 Street to NW 79 Street.

Stay informed here.


SR-826 (Palmetto)/I-75 Express Lanes Project

The construction of express lanes along 28 miles of the I-75 and State Road (SR) 826 (Palmetto Expressway) corridors, from just south of the SR 836 (Dolphin Expressway), in Miami-Dade County, to I-595 in Broward County. This project will complete another section of the South Florida managed lanes network for all motorists and will improve mobility, relieve congestion, provide additional travel options and accommodate future growth in the area.

Palmetto Express Lane Closures

I-75 Express Lane Closures


Department of Transportation & Public Works (DTPW)
Roadway Construction Report

View the weekly report.


FDOT District Six Roadways

The FDOT District Six Construction Department manages and oversees dozens of state road and bridge construction projects on the state highway system within Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. These projects range from minor intersection upgrades that will enhance traffic flow, to major multi-million dollar programs.

Keep up to date on the progress of various roadway projects.


Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE)
Weekly Construction Updates

FTE announces updated lane closures and work zones due to construction and maintenance projects in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie counties.

South Florida Construction/Lane Closure Updates.


Miami-Dade Expressway (MDX)
Construction Updates + Traffic Advisories

MDX works to make driving our five roadways as easy as possible for you. Before you begin your commute, click on the MDX road sign of your choice to find out the latest road conditions and/or construction updates.

Stay up to date on the latest construction here.

Sign up here for traffic advisories.


All Aboard Florida’s “Brightline” Updates

Construction is well underway at all three of the South Florida stations.

Learn more here.


Adopt-A-Bus Shelter Program

Miami-Dade DTPW maintains over 1,000 bus passenger shelters throughout unincorporated Miami-Dade County. This involves cleaning, maintaining, repairing and upgrading the shelters to keep them looking clean and beautiful. With so many shelters to maintain, they have created the Adopt-A-Shelter Program. The Program offers local organizations an opportunity to enhance their community by helping keep shelters clean and beautiful. Groups such as private companies, churches, schools, and civic organizations are welcome to join the Adopt-A-Bus Shelter Program.

Learn more here.


Adopt-a-Road and Help Clean Up Our Act

Do you care about the condition of our streets?  Are you part of a volunteer group looking to get involved?  Does seeing litter get you angry?  Become the master of your domain and Adopt-a-Road! Join Neat Streets Miami in reducing trash along County roads and promote your organization. Through this free program, organizations can connect their brands to community pride and civic responsibility.  Volunteer commitment includes “adopting” a one-mile segment of a County road, removing litter at least four times a year for a two year period and following County safety measures.

Learn more here.


Florida Automated Vehicles Website

Online home for the Florida Automated Vehicles program, led by the FDOT. This site will follow the development of the Florida-specific initiative and the progression of Automated Vehicle technology nationwide.

Learn more here.


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The Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) complies with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states: No person in the United States shall, on grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. It is also the policy of the Miami-Dade TPO to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. For materials in accessible format please call (305) 375-4507.

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