Miami-Dade becomes the first County to join the National Association of City Transportation Officials
As their name suggests, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) is all about connecting cities. Miami-Dade joins their network as the first County.
NACTO President and General Manager of Los Angeles the Department of Transportation, Seleta Reynolds, said this addition is only an enhancement of the organization’s mission. "NACTO's strength comes from our community of experts and visionaries committed to transforming our cities through transportation. We extend a warm welcome to Miami-Dade County as a strong new partner in this conversation."
As a member, the County is now a part of NACTO’s vast network. The non-profit allows its members to connect with one another and communicate best practices. In essence, NACTO puts Miami-Dade in contact with the leaders in other metropolitan cities who are paving the way for the advancement of public transit, such as Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City.
“Miami-Dade County continues to explore and implement innovative public transit technologies and best practices to benefit our riders,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “Being a part of NACTO will allow us to gain even greater insights about the latest trends in the industry, so we can continue to be a leading voice in the national discussion about transportation.”
In total, there are 21 member cities, 22 affiliate member cities, and only one other transit agency member. Miami-Dade County will join as a transit agency member, second only to New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
The non-profit describes itself as a facilitator of “transportation ideas, insights and best practices among large cities, while fostering a cooperative approach to key issues facing cities and metropolitan areas… We believe that by working together, cities can save time and money, while more effectively achieving their policy goals and objectives.”
Earlier this month, the west coast-based Reynolds, participated in a Safer Streets talk organized by The Miami Foundation and featuring Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works Director, Alice N. Bravo, P.E.
“Our goal at Miami-Dade County is to create a ‘car optional’ city with a clean, safe, reliable and convenient transportation system,” said Bravo. “We know the future of transportation is to move more people by increasing mobility options while reducing vehicle dependency. We’re very excited to work with NACTO and its member cities to exchange ideas on innovative designs and policies that better fit our needs.”