On March 13, 2003, the Governing Board of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) approved a resolution sponsored by County Commissioner Dennis Moss that will 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' amendment to the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) will expedite the schedule for Metrorail service to be extended from the Dadeland South station to Cutler Ridge, and on to the Homestead/Florida City 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 also have a high priority in the process," said Commissioner Moss, an MPO Board Member.
The resolution advances 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 projects 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.
According to Commissioner Moss, the advantage that the South Miami-Dade Corridor may have over some of the other corridors is that the County already owns the right of way because of the South Miami-Dade Busway route and the people of the area embrace the expansion.