On March 13, the Governing Board of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will review a resolution sponsored by County Commissioner Dennis Moss that would upgrade the US-1/South Dixie Highway Premium Transit Corridor Project from the status of "Priority IV-Unfunded" to "Priority I" for the purpose of funding and carrying out preliminary studies such as environmental, social and economic impact. Commissioner Moss' proposed amendment to the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) would expedite the schedule for Metrorail service to be extended from the Dadeland South station to the Cutler Ridge area.
"Since the People's Transportation Plan is moving forward in the north end of the County, I think it is important that South Miami-Dade has a high priority in the process," said Commissioner Moss, an MPO Board Member.
If approved, the resolution would advance the US-1/South Dixie Highway Corridor to join the proposed Earlington Heights/Airport Connector and Baylink transit lines in the Priority I status, which subjects the projects to federal, state, and local planning studies to determine feasibility, technology, and corridor alignment. The North Corridor and East-West Corridor have already completed the planning phase and are ready to enter into the final design and construction stage.
The MPO evaluates the adequacy of transportation planning and the programming process for Miami-Dade County transportation construction projects. The MPO Governing Board meeting will be held on March 13 at the 2nd Floor Commission Chambers of the Stephen P. Clark Building, 111 N.W. 1st Street in Miami.