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For Immediate Release:
March 20, 2015
Media Contact:
Johanna Cervone
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Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava kicks off monthly County Work Days; shadows Miami-Dade Transit department


Miami, FL- Today, Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava kicked off her monthly County Work Days by shadowing the Miami-Dade Transit Department. During County Work Days, Commissioner Levine Cava focuses on a county department or service and shadows different employees. The day included Central Control, rail facilities and the South Dade Busway and bike trail.

“The spirit of County Work Days is to learn more about Miami-Dade departments and the important work employees do. There are thousands of people who work hard every day to bring us excellent services and help the residents of our community,” said the Commissioner. “We also want to identify gaps and needs, and bring public attention to these areas so we can advocate for the funds and programs that will improve transportation connectivity and reduce traffic.”

After biking to the Dadeland Metrorail station and catching the train, the transit work day began at the Metromover maintenance facility and the Central Control and Bus Dispatch Center. At Central Control, the Commissioner saw first-hand how Miami-Dade Transit employees take on the difficult task of monitoring the entire county transit system.

“The workers at Central Control truly define what it means to stay calm during a stressful situation. Making sure that over 350,000 people get to their destinations safely is no small or easy feat, and they do it every day”.

The Work Day continued with a ride on the Metrorail to the Dadeland South station, where the Commissioner learned about improvements being made to Metrorail stations. From there, she boarded the South Dade Busway, which boasts over a 90% occupancy rate.

“The South Dade Busway is a vital source of transportation for countless South Dade residents. It’s a great example of how reliable public transit can be imperative in communities that live further from the urban core. Thousands of people use the busway daily to connect to the Metrorail. The busway’s existing infrastructure is a great opportunity to explore and develop Bus Rapid Transit in Miami-Dade, a bus system that functions like a train and can transport as many people,” she explained.

The day ended with a bike ride along the busway from the SW 152nd street stop. Bike safety and bikeability are one of Commissioner Levine Cava’s top priorities.

“We are so lucky to live in beautiful South Florida but unfortunately we spend so much time in our cars instead of using biking as a viable transit option. This is especially true in District 8, where we have so many bike paths and green spaces. However, we cannot expect Miami-Dade to become a biking community if we do not ensure the safety of our riders and provide more bike paths. I am exploring ways to make District 8 and Miami-Dade County more bike-friendly and I encourage anyone with ideas or suggestions to contact my office,” urged the Commissioner.

The next County Work Day is on March 30th and will highlight Women’s History Month with the Miami-Dade County Commission on Women. The Commissioner will work side-by-side with employees who offer life-saving services to women in distress.

The Commissioner’s office can be contacted by phone at 305-375-5218/305-378-6677 or by email at district8@miamidade.gov.