Saturday, February 10, 2018

Finding innovative and successful routes for Palmetto Bay's IBus. Could an FIU and/or a MDC shuttle be on the horizon?

Council Member David Singer and I have been holding a serious of very successful Town Hall meetings.  Topics including Transit. People are taking notice and participation is robust.  
Our next Town Halls (again on Transit/traffic issues) are set for Tuesday, February 13 at 6 and 7 PM.  

See our Official Village Web Site for more information.  Participate - your voice matters.  

There are two important meeting that evening that Council Member David Singer and I both will be participating in - and note other interested members of the village council may attend as well - 
Public Meetings, Workshops & Town Halls

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 6:00 PM - Municipal Center, 9705 E. Hibiscus Street

Administration will be hosting a Traffic Town Hall Meeting for the area south of SW 152nd Street and west of Old Cutler Road to SW 77th Avenue on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM at Village of Palmetto Bay Municipal Center, 9705 E. Hibiscus Street, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157. The purpose of the Traffic Town Hall Meeting is to to discuss overall traffic calming improvements for the area.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 7:00 PM - Municipal Center, 9705 E. Hibiscus Street

Mayor Eugene Flinn and Council Member Singer will be Co-hosting a Traffic Town Hall-Update Meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Village of Palmetto Bay Municipal Center, 9705 E. Hibiscus Street, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157. The purpose of the Town Hall-Update Meeting is to discuss the overall traffic calming improvements and solution ideas for the Village. For additional details on the meeting, please view the Town Hall Meeting Notice HERE.

The local media is taking notice of Palmetto Bay's efforts!

Fabienne Fleurantin, South Florida Uncovered, is providing recent coverage on our efforts, proposals, and plans, as well as balanced reporting as to some of the resistance to public transportation in the article: Preliminary plan for Palmetto Bay I-Bus extension includes routes to FIU and MDC
Palmetto Bay is planning a partnership with with Florida International University and Miami-Dade College to use its bus service, the I-Bus, to transport students to FIU’s Modesto Madique Campus and MDC’s Kendall Campus.

A punny nod to the ibises that visit the village’s parks and neighborhoods, the I-Bus was launched in 2006 to connect Miami-Dade Transit routes and “increase the amount of destinations on a fixed schedule,” according to the village’s website.  ... [click the link above ( Or CLICK HERE) to read more of this article]
Yes, public transportation is government subsidized. Our IBus is paid out of our municipal share of the CITT funds - the 1/2 cent sales tax).  Everyone has an interest in reliving traffic congestion. Public transportation helps those that want to lose their cars - or (and this may come as a surprise to some - can't afford a personal vehicle, but can and do live within Palmetto Bay - this can be anyone of any gender or age, but can be a student or active senior).  Public transportation does not serve everyone, but everyone benefits by getting as many commuters off the road as possible.  Its less congestion for everyone.

Please come on out and work with our Village Administration and fellow residents, with David Singer and me, as we attempt to find the best fit for our IBus. We have many great ideas - what gets you (or your parent or your student) out of your car and onto public transportation.  Please help us serve you better.  As David and I say, "#YourVoiceMatters"!

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