County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava today convened a Traffic Solutions Summit to help tackle the ever-increasing traffic congestion in the Pinecrest through Palmetto Bay, and Cutler Bay to Palm Glades transportation corridor.
More than 150 local residents gathered to hear from traffic experts, examine transportation improvement plans underway, and to have the opportunity to offer input on future plans. Participants broke into small groups to brainstorm transit solutions and to help produce a realistic action plan to reduce traffic, including individual commitments. The group intends to hold each other accountable for real results.
“I am committed to finding ways to prevent urban sprawl and the glut of car-dependent traffic it creates, but we will only be successful if we work together to provide real, effective and desirable alternatives,” said Commissioner Levine Cava. “We are all part of the traffic problem, because all of us here are driving cars that create traffic. I am looking to everyone here today to help us envision a plan of great ideas that we can soon implement. Let’s all be part of the traffic solution.”
The brainstorm of ideas for traffic solutions ranged from implementing “smart signals” and reversible lanes to providing corporate discount transit passes, bike-share programs and carpooling incentives. Residents also expressed a need for more local trolleys and Park & Rides for easier access to the Metrorail.
The Summit took place at the Cutler Bay Town Hall. Co-hosts included the Village of Pinecrest, The Village of Palmetto Bay and the Town of Cutler Bay.
For more information on the Summit or to provide your traffic solution ideas, please contact the District 8 office at (305) 378-6677 or District8@miamidade.gov.