Wednesday, August 7, 2013

MDX US1 Express Lanes Public Workshops to be held locally. Your opportunity to obtain information and ask questions.

US 1 Express Lanes Public Workshop
 August 13th & 14th in South Miami-Dade
Get engaged. There are two opportunities to attend a Miami-Dade Express Authority (MDX) public workshop regarding the US 1 Express Lanes Project (Tier 2 Alternatives).  The public will have an opportunity to obtain information and ask questions. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. or 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Cutler Bay Town Hall/Council Chambers
10720 Caribbean Boulevard
Cutler Bay, Florida


Wednesday, August 14, 2013
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. or 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Coral Reef Branch Library
9211 Southwest 152 Street
Miami, Florida

MDX, in coordination with Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is conducting a study that will evaluate the concept of express or managed lanes on the South Miami-Dade Busway including the use of the Busway be private vehicles paying a toll.

The Tier 2 process is the next step in identifying alternatives for improving mobility on the US 1 corridor resulting from the improvements within the Busway right-of-way.

Information from the meetings will be posted at after the public workshops.  For additional information, please contact Public Information Officer Tere Garcia at or 786-277-9299.

This is an important issue for neighborhood protection in Palmetto Bay, but it is not receiving the attention in required from its elected officials. Then Dist 2 Councilman Howard Tendrich attempted to bring discussion and action forward (seconded by Councilman Fiore) at a council meeting (CLICK HERE the official minutes page 4 of 9) but was denied 2 – 3 by Stanczyk, (former Vice Mayor) Pariser and Lindsay. This is not the time to sit idle, but to get involved and get active. There is both the possibility of a tax applied for use of US1 special lanes as well as potential impact for the US1 business corridor.

Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner had previously expressed hope that Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay would join her in this effort.This issue needs to be an ongoing leadership effort, not holding back to see which way the political winds are blowing, then a brief two-minute personal presentation. It is best to be involved from onset and try to guide a project rather than try a last-minute fight if the project turns unfavorable.

"If this passes, instead of living in a suburb, we are going to be living by I-95"  Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall, as well as south dade business/civic groups Chamber South and Economic Development Council are engaged, but only Howard Tendrich for Palmetto Bay, who is no longer in office.

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