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Origins of the PTP

On November 5, 2002, the citizens of Miami-Dade County approved a ½ Cent Charter County Sales Surtax. The purpose of the surtax is to implement the People’s Transportation Plan (PTP).  The voters also approved, as part of the ballot question, the Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust (the “CITT” or “Trust”) to oversee the proceeds of the surtax and the implementation of the People’s Transportation Plan.

Miami-Dade County has consistently ranked high on a list of the most congested areas in the nation. In 2002, the community decided to act. After 80 neighborhood meetings and the active participation of more than 2,000 concerned citizens at two countywide summits, our community now has a plan - - the People's Transportation Plan.

From the first meeting, Miami-Dade residents understood the need for local funding to finance this plan. Their recommendation: a half percent sales surtax to fund major transportation improvements.

  • One Hundred Opportunities to be Heard campaign announced in March.
  • 80 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 their input on the transportation issues.
  • An estimated 2,000 people attended the two Transportation Summits. Participants provided input on what the County's  Transportation Plan should entail as well as its oversight and funding solutions.
  • Nearly 100,000 people logged on to to present their comments and/or seek 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 county's Community Transportation Plan. 

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.

Ballot Language - November 5, 2002 General Election Sample Ballot
Below is the actual language that appeared on the November 5th ballot for the People's Transportation Plan


County Transportation Expansion Question

Shall the County implement the People’s Transportation Plan including: Plans to build rapid transit lines to West Dade, Kendall, Florida City, Miami Beach and North Dade; expanding bus service; adding 635 buses; improving traffic signalization to reduce traffic backups; improving major and neighborhood roads and highways, including drainage; and funding to municipalities for road and transportation projects by levying a ½ percent sales surtax whose proceeds will be overseen by the Citizen’s Independent Transportation Trust?

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