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Welcome Mayor Bien-Aime to the MPO Governing Board!
City of North Miami Acting Mayor, Philippe Bien-Aime, has joined the Miami-Dade MPO Governing Board. Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Mayor Bien-Aime migrated to Canada in 1991 before settling in the United States in 1993. He has worked in all aspects of the automobile industry for almost 20 years. He began his career climbing the corporate ladder until 2006 when he followed his entrepreneurial dream and opened his own business. Since 1999, Mr. Bien-Aime has been a strong community advocate throughout South Florida, supporting and promoting political involvement and lobbying on immigration issues. He is a member of: Veye-Yo Haitian Organization, Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition, Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce, National Haitian American Elected Officials Network (NHAEON), and the Haitian American Elected Officials Network – Florida Chapter. Mayor Bien-Aime holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication/Social Science from the National University of Haiti, and a Post-Graduate Certificate Program in Social Science and professional training certificates in bookkeeping, taxation, and management from Lavale University..
Major Documents Approved...
The MPO Governing Board approved two major documents during their June meeting that sets the stage for transportation improvements and future studies for the next two to five years:

The 2015-16 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) describes transportation planning activities to be managed by the MPO for the two-year fiscal period beginning July 1, 2014. The document reflects metropolitan transportation planning work tasks to be funded with federal, state, and local transportation funds and the agencies responsible for implementing the various tasks included in the program. The efforts and staff activities outlined in the UPWP serve as a two year annual budget of time and funding requirements. Projects in the UPWP address required work activities based upon local, state, and federal transportation planning issues and priorities.

The 2015-19 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) details the programming of all intermodal, highway, transit, seaport, aviation, commuter rail and non-motorized transportation projects to be implemented during the 2015-2019 fiscal period within Miami-Dade County. The document represents the culmination of an annual cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning effort aimed at specifying priority solutions to the many transportation needs in the county. Projects in the TIP cover a wide array of transportation actions totaling over $8 billion for the next five (5) years. A TIP Citizen’s Version is also available for easier referencing purposes.
Beach Corridor Policy Executive Committee (PEC) Meeting Held...
During the third PEC meeting on July 8th, the results of the vehicle technology assessment and the financial analysis were presented. The pros and cons of various wireless vehicles were provided, while the financial piece dealt with the viability of numerous funding sources and potential project delivery methods to which could expedite the project.
Members of the PEC expressed preference to maximize the utilization of a wireless system, and instructed the team to further evaluate the option to finance the project through a Public-Private Partnership (P3). The next PEC meeting date was set for October 2, 2014. The PEC is chaired by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and comprised of elected officials: City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, City of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and MPO Governing Board Members Bruno A. Barreiro and Xavier L. Suarez.

See the presentation here.

Miami Lakes Origin Destination Study/Commute Trip Reduction Program...
As part of the funds awarded through the MPO’s Municipal Grant Program (MGP), the Town of Miami Lakes recently completed an important effort at improving mobility for all modes of transportation by adopting a Commute Trip Reduction Plan. This plan is part of an overall program of improvements aimed at reducing single occupancy vehicle travel and improving the bicycle, pedestrian and transit infrastructure within the Town. The plan recommends (1) partnering with Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Six and South Florida Commuter Services (SFCS) to raise awareness and promote the already funded commuter assistance programs, and (2) using the State’s existing system to the fullest extent to achieve initial success and gather impetus for the remainder of the program. After the initial implementation success, the Town can then garner additional support to implement the more intensive strategies through a combination of Town resources, employer contributions, and grant opportunities. Read the plan here.
Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan Updated...
The Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan (TDSP) is an annually updated plan utilized to accomplish the arrangement for the provision of transportation services to the transportation disadvantaged. The plan is jointly developed by the Miami-Dade MPO and Miami-Dade Transit (MDT), as the county’s Community Transportation Coordinator (CTC). Projects that assist the transportation disadvantaged are identified, and must be developed through a process that includes representatives of public, private, and nonprofit transportation and human services providers, and participation by the general public. The TDSP contains development, service, and quality assurance components, which is reviewed and approved by the Miami-Dade County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB), which is administered by the Miami-Dade MPO. Once approved, it is then submitted to the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD) for final action. Through the LCB's involvement in the review and approval of the plan, they are able to guide and support the CTC in implementing coordination efforts and locally developed service standards that are consistent with the needs and resources of the community. Read the plan here.
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