Alice N. Bravo, P.E. - Director
The department operates the 14th largest public transit system in the United States, and the largest in Florida. This includes a robust Metrobus fleet; the electrically-powered, elevated 25-mile rapid transit Metrorail system; the elevated Metromover system; and a paratransit service that meets the needs of the physically-challenged. DTPW also manages the County's roads, traffic signals, bridges, canals, sidewalks, street signs, lights, and stormwater drainage.
As DTPW Director, Ms. Bravo lead the most aggressive fleet replacement project in the department’s history. For the first time since its inception in 1984, new Metrorail cars were placed into service beginning in November 2017. Continuing with creating a younger, more energy-efficient fleet, Ms. Bravo oversaw the procurement of compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, of which 420 are currently on the streets of our County and 140 more are expected by 2021. Also expected in 2021 is the first shipment of zero-emissions, battery-electric vehicles to be added to the Metrobus fleet.
Between 2017-2020, Ms. Bravo was able to substantially advance the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Plan by introducing new services, such an all-new express route and on-demand transit options. In August 2018, the locally preferred alternative (LPA) for the South Corridor was selected and construction is slated to begin in early 2021.
In late 2020, DTPW was awarded a $99.9 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the South Corridor Rapid Transit Project. This was the first Federal Capital Investment Grant that Miami-Dade County has received since the Metromover extension in 1993 and the original South Miami-Dade Busway in 1999.
Under Ms. Bravo’s guidance, the department has approximately 15 transit oriented developments (TOD) currently in progress. Four major TODs were completed between 2017-2020, including the apartment complex Motion at Dadeland and the integration of the Eighth Street Metromover station to the shopping and dining destination Brickell City Centre.
In 2015, DTPW began working to develop the Complete Streets Design Guidelines for Miami-Dade County, which were later adapted in 2017. These guidelines go hand-in-hand with the County’s Vision Zero Plan, which aims to identify and complete projects that can improve the safety of transportation networks and eliminate deaths and serious injuries on County roads. As part of this effort, projects that been implemented to improve pedestrian, cyclist, and motorist safety on local roads include: reducing the speed limits on local roads to 25 miles per hour; making improvements to popular bicycle routes, such as Old Cutler Road; and introducing Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPI) at 40 locations.
DTPW has been working on upgrades to the County’s traffic signal system, which operates approximately 3,000 signalized intersections. The Traffic Signal System Modernization project is a multi-year, $160 million project to upgrade all Miami-Dade County traffic signals to enable adaptive signalization. As of September 2020, there are 346 signalized intersections that have been upgraded with adaptive signal technologies, with an average of 10.9% time savings for morning peak traffic and 12.9% time savings during afternoon peak along ten corridors.
Ms. Bravo spearheaded the department’s collaboration with the Builders Association of South Florida (BASF), which has yielded considerable benefits. With the assistance of BASF, Ms. Bravo and her team were able to decrease review time for maintenance of traffic (MOT) requests as well as introduced in October 2019 a new online application portal for construction permitting. This innovative shift proved most resourceful during the global pandemic of 2020.
Throughout her illustrious career, Ms. Bravo has managed numerous diversified public-private partnership projects including the $1 billion PortMiami tunnel; the innovative I-95 Express Project; and the $550 million S.R. 826-S.R. 836 interchange reconstruction project. Ms. Bravo also oversaw a $573 million capital improvement program at the City of Miami and was responsible for implementing the city’s trolley circulator system.
Ms. Bravo is a licensed Civil Engineer with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and a Master’s in Business Administration from Florida International University.