The Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Governing Board approves federally required plans and transportation policies. The development of transportation plans and programs is coordinated through the Transportation Planning Council (TPC) which makes recommendations to the MPO Governing Board. Citizen Involvement and participation occurs through several community Advisory Committees which advise the MPO Governing Board.
The Metropolitan Planning Organization Governing Board
The MPO Governing Board is comprised of:
- 13 Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners
- 6 elected officials; one from each of the six municipalities with a population over 50,000
- 4 appointed by the Governor, representing:
- Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX)
- Miami-Dade County School Board
- a municipality within the county
- a non-elected official residing in unincorporated Miami-Dade County
The MPO Governing Board is vested with the responsibility for exercising the powers of the MPO including the final decision on all policy matters, adoption or endorsement of transportation plans and programs, adoption of budgets, approval of agreements or contracts, adoption of rules, and establishing or changing its internal operating structure.
The MPO Governing Board is composed of 23 voting members. The current members are:
- Commission District 1 - Barbara J. Jordan
- Commission District 2 - Jean Monestime
- Commission District 3 - Audrey M. Edmonson
- Commission District 4 - Sally A. Heyman
- Commission District 5 - Bruno A. Barreiro
- Commission District 6 - Rebeca Sosa
- Commission District 7 - Xavier L. Suarez
- Commission District 8 - Daniella Levine Cava
- Commission District 9 - Dennis C. Moss
- Commission District 10 - Javier D. Souto
- Commission District 11 - Joe A. Martinez
- Commission District 12 - Jose “Pepe” Diaz
- Commission District 13 - Esteban L. Bovo, Jr. Chairman
- City of Hialeah - Carlos Hernandez
- City of Homestead - Jeff Porter
- City of Miami - Francis Suarez Vice Chairman
- City of Miami Beach - Philip Levine
- City of Miami Gardens - Oliver G. Gilbert, III
- City of North Miami – Smith Joseph
- Municipal Representative - Roberto Martell
- Non-Elected Official - vacant
- Miami-Dade Expressway Authority - vacant
- Dade County School Board - Perla T. Hantman
- Ex officio member County Mayor - Carlos A. Gimenez
In addition to the committee structure shown in the Transportation Planning Process flowchart, the MPO Governing Board created three permanent MPO Committees: the Executive Policy Committee, the Transportation and Mobility Committee, and the Fiscal Priorities Committee.
The Executive Policy Committee (EPC) will:
- review the following: grant applications, legislative proposals, Work Program and Budget, and items for the MPO Board's consideration as deemed appropriate by the Chairperson;
- provide policy direction in the development of transportation plans and work programs including the MPO Prospectus for Transportation Improvements;
- survey other comparable regional planning bodies, evaluate the scope of responsibilities vested in the boards referenced above, and submit any recommendations for changes to the structure and composition of the MPO Board and the committees that assist the Miami-Dade MPO;
- evaluate the annual performance of the MPO Executive Director and making relevant recommendations to the MPO Governing Board.
The Transportation and Mobility Committee (TMC) will:
- be responsible for identifying immediate opportunities to increase the integration and utilization of existing transportation services;
- will be asked to forward recommendations to improve the connectivity of the current mass transit providers (municipal circulators, jitney services, Miami-Dade Transit and TriRail);
- monitor and provide advice concerning the transportation planning process to ensure adequate consideration of regional values such as land use, economic development, and other social, economic and environmental factors in plan development;
- review projects and planning affecting regional transportation;
- advise on the compliance of the regional transportation planning process with all applicable federal requirements for maintaining certification;
- monitor the status of and make recommendations for amendments to the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and any other planning document that impacts transportation and mobility.
The Fiscal Priorities Committee (FPC) will:
- concentrate on the programming of transportation dollars to better reflectthe immediate priorities of the community;
- thoroughly evaluate funding recommendations embedded in the planning documents routinely submitted to the MPO for approval;
- provide recommendations to advance and defer projects in order to respond to the needs of current demographic-employment commuting trends based on the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP);
- to the extent solutions require additional dollars for capital investments for new intermodal facilities, bus and rail rapid transit, or any other transportation project, the FPC will identify and recommend to the MPO potential funding sources;
- review the MPO Priority List of Projects and recommend actions for project prioritization and funding to the MPO Governing Board.
These Advisory Committees report directly to the MPO Governing Board:
- Transportation Planning Council (TPC)
- Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)
- Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC)
- Freight Transportation Advisory Committee (FTAC)
- Transportation Aesthetics Review Committee (TARC)
The MPO Governing Board meets once a month (on a Thursday), starting at 2 p.m. in the County Commission Chamber located in the Stephen P. Clark Center at 111 NW 1st Street.
For 2017, these meeting dates have been scheduled:
- January 26
- February 23
- March 23
- April 20
- May 18
- June 22
- July 20
- Recess in August
- September 14
- October 19
- November 9
- December 7
Southeast Florida Transportation Council (SEFTC)
As a result of the 2000 U.S. Census, the Miami Urbanized Area (UZA) encompassed parts of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. The Metropolitan Planning Organizations within the region responded by committing to developing and implementing a coordinated regional planning effort. SEFTC was created in 2005, through an Interlocal Agreement, to serve as a formal forum for policy coordination and communication to carry out these regional initiatives. SEFTC’s Board is comprised of three representatives from each of the respective MPOs, and has numerous committees to support regional coordination efforts.
Learn more about the SEFTC.
For additional information please email Zainab Salim or call 305-375-4507.
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