2013 Transportation Summit
Frequently Asked Questions
The Citizen’s Independent Transportation Trust came to be as part of the People’s Transportation Plan. Could you refresh our memories about the Trust and the PTP?
Answer: The PTP is the voter-approved program of transit and transportation improvements funded by Miami-Dade County’s half-penny transportation surtax. It includes a variety of projects such as improved bus service and fleet expansion, new rail projects, roadway projects and signage improvements.
And what part does the Transportation Trust play in making the PTP a reality?
Answer: The Trust oversees implementation of the projects in the PTP to insure that surtax funds are spent properly and approves the funding for contracts implementing these projects.
The PTP has already had results throughout Miami-Dade. What is happening now?
Answer: The Trust has developed a 5-Year Implementation to track the progress of projects in the PTP and the plan tells us right now that:
• Over 300 miles of roadways have been improved
• $135 million dollars has been invested in new buses
• $400 million dollars approved to purchase new Metrorail cars
• New Metromover vehicles have been purchased and are in service now
• Traffic signals are running the new Automated Traffic Management System (ATMS)
• Solar powered flashing signals are operating and increasing safety in school zones throughout the County.
• The Golden Passport and Patriot Passport program now provides fare free rides on transit for seniors and eligible honorably discharged veterans: currently there are 200,00 Golden Passport users, and 7500 veteran users
• Riders can use the downtown Metromover system for fare free
What is next in terms of developing public transportation in Miami-Dade County?
Answer: When we look at the countywide public transportation network we see that a variety of improvements have been made such as completion of the Orange Line, the Metrorail extension to the airport, approval of surtax funds to purchase new Metrorail vehicles, expansion and replacement of the Metrobus and Metromover fleets and completion of hundreds of new roadway projects. This degree of progress makes it the ideal time to discuss what we do next. This is why the County is sponsoring a transportation summit to address the idea of what we do next in development of public transportation.
When and where is the Summit being held?
Answer: It will take place on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus in the Chapman Conference Center, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, 8:30 am to 6:30 pm. It’s a full day of activities starting with the Keynote Address by Mayor Carlos Gimenez, followed by breakout sessions on Innovative financing, Mode Technology, Public-Private Partnerships and Corridor Development culminating with the Community Visioning Forum at 4:00pm designed to give the public a change to provide input to the future of public transportation.
What should people who attend the Summit expect to get from it?
Answer: We want summit participants to come away with a good sense of the future of public transportation in the County and the role they can play in making it happen. The Transportation Trust will present the 10 Year Report Card showing how transportation surtax funds have been invested since the PTP was approved.
Is this the first time that County is hosting a Transportation Summit?
Answer: The County convened a transportation summit in 2008 which was attended by a broad cross-section of the community, elected officials and transportation professionals. A follow-up forum was held in 2009 generating a great deal of public discussion on important public transportation issues.
Who is invited to this event?
Answer: The Summit is open to anyone interested in the future in public transportation in Miami-Dade County. There is no charge to attend and participants will have the opportunity to provide input to any plans that come out of this session. Registration is available online [click here] or by phone at 305-779-7879. Call that number with any questions or email us at email@example.com
What’s a good source of information about the Trust and the PTP?
Answer: Visit our webpage – www.miamidade.gov/citt to find out about meetings and see what’s happening!
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