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Remembering Zevin Auerbach...
Zevin “Zev” Auerbach, former Miami-Dade MPO Governing Board Member who recently passed away, will be remembered and honored during the September 11, 2014 MPO Board meeting for his dedication to both the Board and his community. Mr. Auerbach was born in Brooklyn, NY, and became one of this community’s most beloved public servants. On March 3, 2010, he was appointed to the Miami-Dade MPO Governing Board by the Governor of the State of Florida. During his tenure on the MPO Board, he remained steadfast to his mission to enhance the quality of life for residents of Miami-Dade County by championing an array of transportation related issues and resolutions.
Mr. Auerbach also served as a Commissioner of the City of Aventura from 2003 to 2012, where his ingenious talents were utilized in the creation of the City of Aventura’s advertising bus campaign, which successfully increased ridership on the city’s circulator buses from 10,000 riders monthly to 26,000. He was sought out for his advice when he created the name for the Anchors Away Foundation, which provides sailing programs for physically and intellectually disabled children, and he also worked with the City of North Miami Beach to collect food for the needy. He is survived by his wife, Orly, his son, Logan, and daughter, Ariel.
Welcome New MPO Staff...

The Miami-Dade MPO family has grown by two, Jitender Ramchandani and Philip “Phil” Steinmiller, who are both Transportation Systems Analysts for the office. Jitender (top photo) comes from the private sector and has 11 years of experience in transportation planning and research. He has managed and led preparation of technical reports and oral presentations for land use, urban design, transit, roadway, and non-motorized projects of all sizes. Phil (bottom photo) comes to us from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 6 and has almost 30 years combined experience in the field of planning. He has spent a majority of that time at FDOT District 6 where he managed all aspects of the District 6’s planning program, including: MPO liaison function, pre•PD&E corridor studies and master plans, transportation data collection, GIS and map production, design traffic forecasting, operational studies, and travel demand forecasting. Welcome Jitender and Phil.
MPO Plans Available for 45-Day Review...
The Miami-Dade MPO has posted, on its website, two of its major plans for a 45-day review period: 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Draft Cost Feasible Plan and the Draft Public Participation Plan (PPP). The update of the Miami-Dade County LRTP is a primary activity of the Miami-Dade MPO’s transportation planning process to meet federal and state requirements, and its “Cost Feasible Plan” identifies projects for which funding is projected to be available. The PPP is a federal required document that defines a process for the general public to be provided with reasonable opportunities to get involved in the transportation planning process. The closing date for the review for these two documents is Friday, October 17, 2014. Please review the plans here.
Staff Presents at Regional Event...
Staff presented at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) regional event “Transportation & Development: SE FL Transformational Shifts”. Working together, leaders from southeast Florida’s key transportation organizations discussed future plans and today’s projects to ensure efficient regional mobility. The event focused on transformational shifts in how transportation is planned and implemented, driven by new demographic changes and preferences. Topics included: Demographic and Technology Trends, the Regional Transportation Plan, and Development Case Studies.
Complete Street Manual now available...
The Miami-Dade MPO, along with its study advisory committee, has finished the Complete Streets Manual for Miami-Dade County. The manual provides the definition of a “complete street”, the guiding vision and goals, the regulations impacting the development of complete streets, case studies, lessons learned, and a toolkit. The toolkit discusses five specific improvements for complete street treatments within the right-of-way including: pedestrian improvements, bicycle improvements, transit improvements, green improvements, and mixed motor vehicle and parking improvements. The document then addresses specific corridors within Miami-Dade County that can greatly benefit from implementing a complete streets treatment. Next steps are identified for implementing a complete streets policy to fully and consistently consider the safety of all users including: creating and adopting complete streets policies and regulations, clearly defined street planning process, project prioritization, secure funding sources, inter-departmental coordination, performance evaluation, and provide training for engineers, staff, and planners. Read the manual here.
Staff attends City of Homestead Groundbreaking Event...

MPO staff attended the City of Homestead’s New City Hall Groundbreaking Event in support of the city’s continuous commitment to revitalize the Downtown Homestead area. Jeff Porter, Mayor of Homestead and MPO Governing Board Member, was very excited to start the revitalizing processes. There were over a hundred people in attendance, along with former elected officials, to witness this momentous step for the City of Homestead. At the end of the anticipated 18-month construction timeline, the new facility will house a 225 seat council chamber to accommodate the general public during public meetings. Ultimately, this City Hall will become the new home for city business and the centerpiece of the community.
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