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The Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) Governing Board Elects New Chair and Vice Chair...

During their January 26, 2017 meeting, the Miami-Dade TPO Governing Board elected Board Member Esteban L. Bovo Jr., as their Chairman, and re-elected Board Member Francis Suarez as their Vice Chairman, whom will both serve for a two-year term.

Chairman Bovo  Chairman Bovo has served on the Miami-Dade County Commission as the District 13 Commissioner since November 2011, which includes Hialeah, Miami Lakes, Palm Springs North, and neighboring areas of unincorporated Miami-Dade. On December 6, 2016 he was also elected by his colleagues as Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners (BCC). He commenced his public service when he was appointed Councilman for the City of Hialeah in 1998. After being re-elected twice, Chairman Bovo’s colleagues selected him as President of the Hialeah City Council and he remained in that capacity throughout his term. In November 2008, he was elected as State Representative for District 110 and was re-elected without opposition in 2010. Chairman Bovo was born in Queens, New York, to Marilyn and Esteban Bovo-Carás. As a member of the 2506 Brigade, his father instilled in his son the value of fighting for justice while his mother taught him the importance of compassion and service to the community. Chairman Bovo has been a proud resident of Miami-Dade County for over 47 years, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Florida International University. Chairman Bovo is married to Viviana and they have five children.
Vice-Chairman Suarez  Miami-Dade TPO Governing Board Member Francis Suarez was reappointed Vice Chairman for a second term by his fellow TPO Board Members. Vice Chairman Suarez has been a City of Miami Commissioner since November 17, 2009, and a TPO Board Member since February 2012. Commissioner Suarez is dedicated to elevating the quality of life of the residents he serves by way of focusing on transportation and connectivity issues within the city and beyond, nurturing the growth of a tech‐based economy in the area and, by extension, job creation and international opportunities with Latin America. He was born into a family where, as he describes, “being socially conscious was a kind of requirement.” Vice Chairman Suarez graduated from Florida International University where he majored in finance and graduated in the top ten percent of his class. He went on to law school at the University of Florida Frederic G. Levin College of Law, graduating cum laude. Prior to running for public office, he founded a successful real estate firm. He is also a practicing attorney with the law firm of GrayRobinson, specializing in real‐estate and corporate transactions. Vice Chairman Suarez is married to Gloria M. Fonts and they have one child.
  • View Chairman Esteban L. Bovo, Jr.’s website.
  • View Vice Chairman Francis Suarez’s website.

 

The Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit “SMART” Plan continues to move forward!

Dolphin Station MapThe Miami-Dade TPO adopted Resolution #01-17 approving an amendment to Fiscal Year 2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to include Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5309 funding to prepare a Corridor Master Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan for the East-West Corridor. The Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) was selected by the FTA to receive competitive grant funding under Section 5309 for the preparation of a Corridor Master TOD Plan for the East-West Corridor, which extends from the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) to Florida International University (FIU). This corridor is one of six rapid transit corridors included in the SMART Plan.

In addition, groundbreaking occurred on the Dolphin Station Park & Ride Transit Terminal Facility, which marks the beginning of the implementation of the SMART Plan. The Dolphin Station, located off NW 12 Street just west of Florida’s Turnpike, is the first hub that will service the East-West Corridor. This site will serve as the launching point for an east-west express bus service to Downtown Miami that will provide significantly reduced commute times along State Road (SR) 836. Construction of the Dolphin Station is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017 and the express bus service, the “836 Express”, will be fully operational shortly thereafter. Once in service, 836 Express buses will run on the improved inside shoulder of the expressway in order to bypass traffic jams when SR 836 is congested.

Miami-Dade TPO staff actively participated in the following events to continue their efforts in educating the community about the SMART Plan:

TRANSPO 2016
Florida Chamber of Commerce Annual Transportation Summit
Miami Public Transit Day Event
“Planes, Trains & Automobiles” North Miami Mayor’s Luncheon
Tri-Rail Coastal Link Update and Conversation
Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation
The New Tropic and the Downtown Development Authority’s “What’s the future of Downtown?”
Citizens Independent Transportation Trust (CITT) Municipal Workshop
American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Best Practices Conference
Miami Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) Transit, Connectivity, and Mobility Committee

Stay updated about the SMART Plan and watch the SMART video!

 

Establishment of Permanent TPO Governing Board Committees...

The Miami-Dade TPO Governing Board passed a Resolution amending Rule 35H- l. I 5 of the Internal Rules of the Miami-Dade TPO establishing three permanent committees as follows (in alphabetical order):

  1. Executive Policy Committee
  2. Fiscal Priorities Committee
  3. Transportation and Mobility Committee

 

Peer Exchanges continue to bond relationships nationally...

A Miami-Dade TPO delegation visited the following agencies to conduct a peer exchange, and obtain information on lessons learned regarding the funding and advancement of comprehensive transit program:

Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)
SCAG is a “Joint Powers Authority” under California state law. It is established as an association of governments that voluntarily convene as a forum to address regional issues. SCAG represents six counties (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura) and 191 cities in an area covering more than 38,000 square miles. Having to represent a large and broad based population, SCAG expanded its governing body to help accommodate new responsibilities as mandated by federal and state governments.

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
Metro is unique because it serves as a transportation planner and coordinator, designer, builder, and operator for one of the country’s largest, most populous counties. Metro is committed to continue improving an efficient and effective transportation system, while exercising financial stability, safety, and security measures for the public and Metro employees, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC)
PSRC is a metropolitan planning organization that develops policies, legislation, and makes decisions about transportation planning, growth management, and economic development. The PSRC represent central Puget Sound counties such as King, Pierce, Kitsap, and Snohomish. Moreover, PSRC works with local government, businesses, and citizens to build a common vision for a prosperous regional future.

Puget Sound Transit (Sound Transit)
Sound Transit is a regional transit system serving the Greater Seattle area. Three main transportation services that are offered are a series of express buses, commuter rail, and light rail system. Currently, one of the major projects is a new line known as East Link that will connect Seattle to Bellevue and Redmond using Interstate 90. Construction began in 2016 and is expected to finish in 2023. Another interesting fact about Sound Transit is that they contract their own Police with the King County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Plans...

Safe Routes to SchoolThe objective of the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is to make walking and biking to school safer for children and to increase the number of school age children that choose to walk and bicycle to school. Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS), in conjunction with the Miami-Dade TPO and the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW), have worked to continually improve walking and biking conditions for students in grades K-8. This has been accomplished by prioritizing and requesting funding for Safe Routes to School infrastructure improvements around Miami-Dade County elementary and K-8 schools.

Download the Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Plans Final Report.

 

 

Participating in the Regional Safe Street Summit...

Safe Streets Summit  The Metropolitan/Transportation Planning Organizations of Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach worked together to host the 2017 Safe Streets Summit. The Summit focused on prioritizing Complete Streets throughout Southeast Florida, as well as elevating efforts on designing safe transportation facilities for all modes of transportation. The theme of 2017 focused on implementing Complete Streets and highlighting the building blocks and tools for better connected and safer streets for all.

So, what is Complete Streets? As defined by the National Complete Streets Coalition (NCSC), they are roadways where the entire right-of-way is planned, designed, and operated for all modes of transportation and all users, regardless of age or ability.

 

Leading the Way & Supporting the Community...

Age Friendly 

Leading the way for an Age-Friendly Community
The Miami-Dade TPO is proud to be a lead agency in supporting the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative (AFI) that received a certificate from AARP Florida accepting them into the network of Age-Friendly Communities. This network includes of over 380 cities and communities around the world that are committed to promoting greater health, well-being, and quality of life for people of all ages. This designation empowers the work to go further as we connect Miami-Dade to a global network of like-minded communities who can share strategies, resources, and insight into making places livable for all ages. Now that Miami-Dade County has officially been accepted into the network, the Initiative will kick off its next phase with a survey that will inform the expansion and finalization of an action plan for continued age-friendly efforts in the County.

Public Transit Day 

Inaugural Public Transit Day
An idea that was brought forward in the “100 Great Ideas” campaign for transit in Spring 2016 was just the start. The Miami-Dade County DTPW collaborated with Radical Partners and Urban Impact Lab, along with other organizations, to officially announce December 9, 2016 as Public Transit Day. The Miami-Dade TPO Governing Board then officially supported Public Transit Day, and encouraged residents to ride transit. The mission of Public Transit Day was crucial in promoting the benefits of transit, such as allowing citizens to be engaged within their city, and in the long run, providing more opportunity, equity, sustainability, economic growth, livability, safety, and health.

AASHTO 

AASHTO’s Environmental Justice Peer Exchange: Implementation Plan.
The EJ Peer Exchange was designed to assist the State Departments of Transportation and Metropolitan Planning Organizations in sharing EJ best practices and lessons learned. This unique collaboration focused on seeking effective solutions in considering EJ during the planning and project development of transportation facilities. The outcome of the peer exchange was a roadmap that documents strategies and highlights of MPO and State DOT EJ/Title VI efforts, and to guide the state of the practice over the next two to three years. The EJ Roadmap includes key take-aways from the exchange, technical assistance needs, research gaps, and recommendations for FHWA and AASHTO. The work was guided by a technical working group, which included Miami-Dade TPO staff.

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