Department of Transportation and Public Works to host public meetings on East-West Corridor Rapid Transit Project
The Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) has scheduled two public meetings on the proposed improvements for the East-West Corridor in Miami-Dade County. The public meetings will be held on the following dates and locations from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at Miami Dade Expressway Authority Board Room, located at 3790 NW 21 St., Miami, FL 33142
• Thursday, June 15, 2017, at the Florida Department of Transportation Auditorium, located at 1000 NW 111 Ave., Miami, FL 33172
The East-West Corridor is identified in the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Plan as a priority corridor for implementation of rapid transit service. The East-West Corridor will run along SR 836/Dolphin Expressway from the Miami Intermodal Center adjacent to the Miami International Airport (MIA) to SW 8 St. at SW 109 Ave. next to Florida International University (FIU). A study will be conducted to focus on the implementation of a rapid transit service and infrastructure along SR 836/Dolphin Expressway and a portion of NW 7 St. between NW 87 Ave. and NW 57 Ave. The study aims to identify locations for transit stations, and Park & Ride lots/transit terminals. This meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the project, become familiar with the study process, and provide initial feedback.
The first hub of the East-West Corridor broke ground in January 2017 with the Dolphin Station Park & Ride Transit Terminal Facility, which is being built off NW 12 Street just west of Florida’s Turnpike. The facility is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017. Two other stations also will service the East-West Corridor: The Panther Station, which will be located at Florida International University’s Modesto Maidique Campus; and the Tamiami Station, which will be located at the corner of SW 8 Street and 147 Avenue. Both are projected to be completed in 2020 and will launch other express bus routes along SR 836.
The Miami-Dade County SMART Plan has been set in motion and will transform transportation in the County. The strategy involves expanding public transit into six rapid transit corridors that include rail, buses or other mobility options, such as autonomous vehicles. The SMART Plan is expected to provide an expanded and interconnected network of premium transit services to more key residential, work, and tourist destinations. Also, the Plan should bring positive impacts to our economy by generating more housing, retail and office developments near transit stations, and more job opportunities in the transportation industry, during and after implementation of the SMART Plan. Visit miamismartplan.com to learn more about the SMART Plan.
Visit DTPW’s Transit website for complete schedules, station maps and more. Everyone is encouraged to download the free Miami-Dade Transit Tracker app to plan their next trip on public transportation. Transit riders are also encouraged to download two new apps: EASY Pay and PayByPhone.
The EASY Pay app allows anyone to turn their smartphone into a mobile ticket. Visit EASY Pay page for more information. Transit riders now also can pay for parking via their mobile devices with the PayByPhone cashless app.