County Commissioner Levine Cava issues statement calling for Metrorail to South Dade and immediate transit solutions in the interim
MIAMI-DADE – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava today convened a meeting with South Dade’s elected leaders and TPO Chairman Esteban Bovo to advocate for immediate transit solutions, and particularly for Metrorail at street level to serve our community in the near future. Commissioner Levine Cava released the following statement:
“While the County works to build out the new SMART transit plan, it is imperative that we uphold the promise of the half-penny for South Dade residents. South Dade community leaders are unified in our drive to ensure the investments we deserve in our transit system now while we bring the system we need for the future.
“Of the six SMART corridors that are part of the Metrorail extension plan, the South Dade Transitway is the best positioned to move forward. The towns and cities along the route, as well as the County through the unincorporated areas, have already prepared for Metrorail by changing their codes to encourage pedestrian friendly town centers around major stations and have worked to integrate local transit to connect to the Transitway.
“The process for getting Metrorail south will not be quick nor painless. We need to seriously commit to bringing steady improvements to the Transitway in that intervening time. We must continue to build ridership as we improve transit, not starve the system we have as we work toward longer-term improvements.
“The South Corridor is our first test of TPO solidarity to bring substantial improvements to all of Miami-Dade County. I certainly hope we pass the test this Thursday when the TPO takes a vote to pursue a Metrorail extension.”