I call upon the current Mayor and council to support this park & ride lot and bring it to operation. I did have separate discussions with some members of the current village council on January 9, and asked both to negotiate smart on HRSR (I am confident that these council members will) as well as to keep in mind that the price set on the park & ride lot at HRSR will set a precedent for this lot as it risks setting set a corresponding price too large for Palmetto Bay to be able to afford (they were well on this point).
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This is a vision of what could be
I never, never, understood why Miami-Dade County Transit has never obtained this lot for use in transit (I'm sure they have their reasons - funding maybe?). I believe that this is one piece of property, one project, where Palmetto bay is forced to step up on where the County has not. How many drivers choose to cut through Palmetto Bay, through the neighborhood streets, creating much of the congestion that cause many drivers to divert into the neighborhood to avoid?
This Banyan Street lot is critical for the future of Palmetto Bay neighborhoods. A few points:
- This lot is large, so hundreds of cars can park there.
- It is actually on the bus line, so you walk to the bus for a pick up every 6 minutes (or the schedule for the time of day).
- Palmetto Bay commuters drive out of our village, not through it to reach transit.
- This lot is located in a location that actually discourages cut through traffic in Palmetto Bay.
- How many vehicles would be removed from roads running through Palmetto Bay (particularly 87th Avenue) if this lot was opened for commuters who would now have added incentives to ..., ready? To actually 'park & ride'.
- This lot would be of great benefit to those living at or north of 211 Street in or west of Cutler Bay (the next large metrotransit park & ride lot).
The photo, above left, is unaltered. I circled the actual transit stop in the photo to the above right in order to document how the transit stop is actually connected/adjacent to the large parking lot. No interim ride, no addition IBus trip, is required to reach transit.
This lot could also serve as a stop for a south leg of another IBus route, bringing residents from south of 168th from Palmetto Bay neighborhoods to County Transit.
Final negotiations with the Manager remains ongoing (assuming this new council is supportive of this lot that we began work on in 2018). I have no update as to where it stands, if it is still standing at all. This project needs to close successfully sooner, rather than later, for the good of Palmetto Bay.
Whether efforts continue on this project deserves a public discussion at the very least. This was a project that I was personally looking forward to completing and opening. I call upon the current mayor and council to not lose this lot and assist the Manager to bring this lot to completion.