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Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez aims to focus on mobility and optimize transportation with department merger

MIAMI (February 02, 2016)

This week, Miami-Dade Transit and Miami-Dade Public Works departments were officially joined to form the new Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW). Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez proposed a reorganization of the departments to improve the sustainability of local transportation networks as part of a wider goal to create more vibrant, livable, sustainable cities within Miami-Dade County, and improve the quality of life for residents. The proposal was approved by the Board of County Commissioners at the meeting held on January 20, 2016.
“There has been a lack of coordinated effort. The reorganization will allow DTPW to evaluate all transportation options while leveraging its existing infrastructure – like traffic light synchronization and road issues -- and identifying short-term improvements that will increase mobility and ease congestion,” said Mayor Gimenez. “It will also provide opportunities for coordination with the State, MDX and others, to share best practices while developing a plan for maintaining its infrastructure, preserving its system and keeping customers safe while improving coordination with these organizations. This is important because as we all know, the time our residents spend in traffic, is time they are not with their families. We must do more to improve transit and mobility in our community and this reorganization is big step in the right direction.”
Embracing the concept of ''mobility management,'' a strategic approach to service coordination and customer service that is becoming a worldwide trend in the public transportation sector, the newly formed Department is moving away from the traditional role as a fixed-route service operator, and toward collaboration with other transportation providers, both public and private, to create a full range of well synchronized mobility services within the region.
The DTPW will include the functions of Miami-Dade Transit, along with the County Engineer, Traffic Operations (to include Traffic Engineering and Traffic Signals and Signs), Construction and Maintenance (to include Road, Bridge and Canal Maintenance), and Highway Planning (to include Roadway Engineering and the Right of Way Division), as well as the Passenger Transportation Regulation function from the Regulatory and Economic Resources Department.
“Under our newly merged Department, we will streamline the implementation and reconciliation of policies and processes in order to provide more efficient and cost-effective results, while improving customer service,” said DTPW Director Alice Bravo. “We aim to improve mobility by reducing traffic congestion, increasing ridership of public transit, and making our streets more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.”
To learn more about the merger, visit the Department of Transportation and Public Works page.
To plan a trip on transit, or learn more about transit services in Miami-Dade County, visit Transit’s homepage. This site provides complete schedule information, station maps and more.
The public also can download the free Miami-Dade Transit Tracker app, or visit Transit's mobile site, for trip planning information. In addition, Transit users can call 305-891-3131, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to help them plan their trip.
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