2022 SMART Trends Transportation Summit
On June 3, 2022, the Miami-Dade TPO hosted the 2022 SMART Trends Transportation Summit which brought together local and state elected officials, as well as federal transportation partners and industry representatives. The Summit facilitated focused discussions on current trends and transportation issues, along with emphasis on policy, programs, and funding. With the transition of the Miami-Dade County SMART Plan to the SMART Program, discussions included investment in SMART transportation infrastructure for the future economic growth and mobility of the region, especially as it relates to Transit-Oriented Community (TOC) developments.
Northwest TPA Origin-Destination Study
Miami-Dade County’s northwest Transportation Planning Area (TPA) plays a vital economic role for the entire Southeast Florida region. This area accommodates a significant amount of industrial land use due to its prime location, zoning, and efficient connections with PortMiami, Miami International Airport (MIA), and the region as a whole. The Miami-Dade TPO conducted a study which examines the current and projected travel patterns within the northwest TPA, providing insight into the effects of the projected growth and identified infrastructure improvements. In particular, the effect of the extension of NW 107th Avenue from NW 106th Street to NW 122nd Street in regards to local travel patterns is analyzed and documented. In addition, and building upon this analysis, potential projects have been identified that can improve the mobility within the TPA. Three types of potential mobility improvements were identified including: a transit project, the identification of multiple areas where mobility could be improved using micro-mobility, bicycle and pedestrian modes, and two roadway projects.
Emerging Tunnel Technologies Feasibility Study
This study evaluated emerging tunnel technology and recommended transit tunnel corridors for the advancement of mobility options in Miami-Dade County. The tunnels are proposed for use by electric multi-passenger transit vehicles to accommodate a range of up to 60 passengers. Among all methods, tunnel construction by excavation by Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) is the preferred tunneling method for its ability to cause the least amount of (if any) surface disruption. This study used a three-tiered analysis using the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), previous studies, and other corridors to develop a base network for tier 1. Twenty-five corridors were recommended based on cost, land-use, mobility, and technical criteria during the tier 2 analysis. Ultimately, six LRTP priority corridors and two Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) corridors were recommended for further study under the tier 3 analysis next steps.
Town of Cutler Bay Master Plan Update
The Town of Cutler Bay completed their Town’s Master Plan Update through the Miami-Dade TPO’s SMART Moves Program. This study updates the previous Master Plan conducted in 2014 as it provides a clear understanding of the regional origins and destinations of people moving to, from, and through the Town on their daily journeys. It also details how these movements and volumes impact not only local roads, the transit system, and the bicycle and pedestrian network, but those in the surrounding area. Additionally, this analysis assesses the system’s ability to be resilient today and in the future. The study examined the root causes of congestion, inadequate roadway capacity, lack of modal options, existing and future travel patterns, emerging development and growth patterns, and a lack of diverse land uses and the ability of the system to rebound from major disaster events and withstand the gradual rising of seas. As a result, a project bank of multi-modal transportation and a variety of policy solutions were developed.
Draft FYs 2023 & 2024 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)
The Miami-Dade TPO Governing Board will review the Draft FYs 2023 & 2024 UPWP during their meeting on May 5, 2022 at 2 pm. Residents who want to comment on the Draft FYs 2023 & 2024 UPWP may attend the Public Hearing during the meeting. The UPWP describes transportation planning activities to be performed every two years by the Miami-Dade TPO, and outlines the planning, projects, budget, and activities that support the comprehensive and multimodal transportation improvement program approved for Miami-Dade County.
Systemwide Level of Service (LOS) Analysis
The Systemwide LOS Analysis has been developed to evaluate the performance, observed trends, and capacity of the existing transportation system network in Miami-Dade County. This study updates the existing conditions for State and County roadways, transit, and nonmotorized facilities, and focuses on the County’s facilities to determine if they meet the current travel demands. The assessment of multimodal system needs and recommendations will support the development of program priorities and will be used to update future transportations plans, such as the 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and the Transit Development Plan (TDP).
Miami-Dade TPO COVID-19 Travel Behavior Trend Analysis
The Miami-Dade TPO undertook a COVID-19 Travel Behavior Trend Analysis to investigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on travel behavior in Miami-Dade County. The objective of the study is to identify any changes in travel behavior trends from the onset of the pandemic, through to 2021, that may inform the long-range transportation planning process. This was done by comparing pre-pandemic transportation related data sets to data collected during various phases of the pandemic and post lock down. Trend analysis for traffic volumes, transit usage, airport/cruise port passengers and other transportation data were completed using 2019 (pre-pandemic), 2020, and available 2021 data. This analysis is intended to serve as a baseline, as conclusions about impacts on future travel are difficult to discern using current data, because the pandemic is still ongoing.
- Download the Miami-Dade TPO COVID-19 Travel Behavior Trend Analysis Final Report
- Download the Miami-Dade TPO COVID-19 Travel Behavior Trend Analysis Appendices
Miami-Dade TPO 2021 Annual Report
The Miami-Dade TPO’s 2021 Annual Report details the accomplishments achieved by the Miami-Dade TPO Governing Board and staff. 2021 was a year of IMPACT with the Miami-Dade TPO Governing Board adopting sixty resolutions, including additional funding for the SMART Plan, as well as advancing multiple countywide transportation priorities. As can be seen by the various awards and recognitions received during 2021, the Miami-Dade TPO made a positive impact with a variety of key initiatives and transportation studies. As a result, multiple efforts and directives were initiated by the Miami-Dade TPO Governing Board, which resulted in national and state recognition, as highlighted in this Annual Report.
Doral Boulevard Access Management Study
This study evaluated the existing access along Doral Boulevard (NW 36th Street/NW 41st Street from NW 79th Avenue to NW 97th Avenue) and identified alternatives that could improve traffic operations and safety within the project limits. As a result, recommendations were based on four alternatives categorized into high, medium, and low priority improvements. The report discusses existing conditions, traffic data collection, crash analysis, field observations, proposed improvements, diversion of vehicular traffic, operational analysis, evaluation of cost to benefit ratio analysis, and recommendations and conclusions.
Miami-Dade County Transportation Resilience Brochure
The Miami-Dade County Transportation Resilience Brochure was developed collaboratively between the Miami-Dade TPO and Miami-Dade Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER). Resilience is being better prepared for an increasing occurrence of shocks, such as hurricanes and infrastructure failures, as well as better mitigating stresses, such as sea level rise, crippling traffic, and severe economic inequities. Miami-Dade County and the TPO are committed to ensuring the long-term resilience of the region’s transportation system through collaborative planning across departments and the community that integrates social welfare, economic viability, climate preparedness, innovative technologies, and environmental considerations. In this brochure, the Resilient305 Strategy objectives recognize mobility options that are vital to the health and success of both Miami-Dade County’s environment and the economy. The SMART Plan is also identified as a program of rapid transit projects that aims to significantly improve transportation mobility, provide a world-class transit system that will support economic growth, and increase competitiveness in the global arena.
SMART Plan East-West Corridor Land Use Scenario and Visioning Planning Study
The SMART Plan, adopted by the Miami-Dade TPO Governing Board in 2016, includes the advancement of six rapid transit corridors with a network of Bus Express Rapid Transit (BERT) service. This report summarizes the results of the Land Use Scenario and Visioning Planning Study for the SMART Plan East-West Corridor. The planning study developed land use scenarios that will be supportive of the future rapid transit plans along the corridor. Working in coordination with the general public, a Study Advisory Committee (SAC), transportation agency partners, and elected officials, a preferred land use scenario was developed including station typologies that will be conducive to Transit-Oriented Communities (TOC) within the station areas.
- Download the SMART Plan East-West Corridor Land Use Scenario and Visioning Planning Final Report, December 2021
SMART Plan East-West Corridor Economic Mobility & Accessibility Study
This report addresses the economic mobility and accessibility needs along the SMART Plan East-West Corridor. Stretching approximately 16-miles from the Tamiami Terminal to the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) along SR 836, the East-West Corridor will create an important transit link through central Miami-Dade County. The corridor will provide to residents and visitors the opportunity to better access jobs, major transportation hubs, and higher education centers.
- Download the SMART Plan East-West Corridor Economic Mobility & Accessibility Final Report, December 2021
Three Intersections Safety Analysis
The Miami-Dade TPO prioritized and advanced three intersection locations for Safety Program funding, in coordination with the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW). These locations were identified as part of the TPO’s adopted Fiscal Year 2026 List of Program Priorities (LOPP). The Intersection Safety Analysis Studies’ purpose and need is to reduce crashes, most importantly fatalities and serious injuries, by evaluating the intersections and providing justification to apply for Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funding. These reports address each of the selected locations submitted to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Six Safety Program. The reports document the findings of field observations, data collection, crash data analysis, and detailed traffic operations analysis conducted at the study intersections to evaluate the existing safety and operational issues. In addition, a benefit-cost comparison is provided to determine the project eligibility for HSIP funding. As a result, FDOT has awarded the requested funds for implementation of the proposed improvements at all three study intersections.
- Executive Summary, November 2021
- N Miami Avenue and N 163 Street Intersection Safety Analysis, August 2021
- N Miami Avenue and N 195 Street Intersection Safety Analysis, August 2021
- SW 84 Avenue and SW 38 Street Intersection Safety Analysis, August 2021
Performance Management: Miami-Dade TPO Data Collection and System Assessment
This document details the development of a performance-based geodatabase to be utilized by the Miami-Dade TPO for its Performance Management Reporting. Performance Management is a strategic approach to connect investment and policy decisions to set performance targets, monitor the progress toward the targets and to help achieve performance goals. Performance measure targets are the benchmarks against which progress is assessed using available data and provide quantitative criteria used to evaluate progress toward the TPO’s goals. This replicable system of assessing performance measures allows the TPO to understand the impacts of investments over time using a consistent data driven approach.
2021 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Infrastructure Plans Report
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a federally funded program that promotes walking and biking as a safe, efficient, and healthy way of commuting to and from school. The Miami-Dade TPO manages the Miami-Dade SRTS Infrastructure Plans Program, in conjunction with partnering agencies including the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 6, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS), and Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW). To be eligible for SRTS funding, proposed projects must target issues preventing students from walking or biking safely to and from school. Typical infrastructure improvements integrate safety, traffic relief, health, and environmental awareness by completing sidewalk gaps, installing or enhancing crosswalks markings, installing bike lanes, and altering traffic dynamics.
Aventura-Ojus Mobility and Access Study
The goal of this study is to recommend connectivity, mobility, and safety improvements needed to create a well-linked, active transportation system near the proposed Aventura Brightline train station. The study focused on recommendations within a half-mile radius of the Aventura Station for non-motorized bicycle/pedestrian improvements and up to a 2-mile radius for on-demand and transit services. Recommendations were based on community survey input and coordination with local municipalities.
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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