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For Immediate Release:
July 27, 2015
Media Contact:
Alex Fernandez

Tomorrow: MPO to consider resolutions regarding reversible lanes; dedicated lanes for transit and emergency vehicles - sponsored by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa

(MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL) – During a special meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, July 28th at 2:00 pm, the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will consider a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa regarding the implementation of reversible lanes along major thoroughfares throughout Miami-Dade County.

The Institute of Transportation Engineers has defined a reversible lane system as an operation in which “one or more lanes are designated for movement one-way during part of the day and in the opposite direction during another part of the day.” Commissioner Sosa’s resolution directs the MPO Executive Director to develop a scope of work and budget to determine the feasibility and best way to implement reversible lanes along major thoroughfares including North-South and East-West roadways, particularly during peak commute travel times.

“The residents of Miami-Dade County need cost-effective solutions that can be quickly implemented to address traffic congestion,” stated Commissioner Sosa in advance of the MPO meeting. “Reversible lanes is one such solution that can be quickly implemented at a relatively lower cost to the taxpayers of Miami-Dade County.”

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz has joined Commissioner Sosa as a prime sponsor of the resolution.

A separate resolution sponsored by Commissioner Sosa urges the Florida Department of Transportation to dedicate a lane along S.W. 8th Street for emergency vehicles and for mass transit, including but not limited to Miami-Dade Transit vehicles, municipal circulators, and light and/or heavy rail.

“Dedicating a lane for emergency and transit vehicles will alleviate commuters from the congestion and backups caused by those large vehicles,” said Commissioner Sosa. “These are common-sense ideas that have been implemented and proven in other cities around the world and that can generate fast results while avoiding the construction of more roads.”

Both resolutions will be considered during a special meeting of the MPO taking place tomorrow, Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the Miami-Dade County Commission Chambers located on the second floor of the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW 1 Street, Miami, Florida.