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History of the People's Transportation Plan

Miami-Dade residents understood there was a need for local funding to finance a transportation plan from the start: Miami-Dade County has consistently ranked high on a list of the most congested areas in the nation.

A series of events took place:

  • The One Hundred Opportunities to be Heard campaign was initiated.
  • Eighty public meetings were conducted, including a televised townhall session, numerous radio call-in shows and a series of civic and business presentations throughout the County to solicit input from the community on transportation issues.
  • Twenty-two municipalities provided input on how to address the transportation problems at a Municipal Mayors Transportation Roundtable.
  • An overwhelming majority of community council representatives attended another Transportation Roundtable and provided input on transportation concerns.
  • An estimated 2,000 people attended the two Transportation Summits. Participants provided input on what the People's Transportation Plan (PTP) should entail as well as its oversight and funding solutions.
  • Nearly 100,000 people presented their comments and/or sought information on the results of the various public meetings and proposed transportation projects.
  • Thousands of meaningful suggestions ranging from infrastructure improvements and funding options were recorded to provide input regarding the PTP.

In Nov. 5 2002, a question regarding the approval or rejection of County transportation expansion was presented on a general election ballot. The results showed that registered County voters were in favor of and approved the Transportation Trust to oversee the proceeds of the voter-approved ½ Cent Charter County Sales Surtax to implement the PTP.

Under the PTP's $17 billion dollar business plan, Miami-Dade County commits to adding more buses and routes, improving service, expanding rapid transit and creating thousands of transportation and construction-related jobs over the next 25 years.

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