Miami was the scene of Snicker’s newest citywide ad campaign yesterday because nobody was going anywhere, for awhile (pardon the pun, it was just too easy.) In any case, the closing of Biscayne Boulevard for the past day has provided a great insight as to how fragile Miami’s Transportation infrastructure really is. Downtown streets were clogged as the flow of people and goods came to a virtual standstill. The best part, there is no solution in sight and the problem is only bound to get worse. As the city grows and hopes to create a more urban lifestyle, little is being done to address transportation in downtown. Sure buses are being added daily, but this is Miami, people here have yet to warm up to an $800 Million Train dubbed “the White Elephant.” Also notice that every new building is rising upon some sort of hideous parking garage pedestal, so with every new downtown resident comes another vehicle and another headache for transportation planners. We are being counter-productive by not changing parking requirements for buildings that are already accessible by Metrorail and Metro Mover in downtown. Downtown residents should warm up to the idea of walking a few blocks to buy groceries, catch Metro Mover or the upcoming Streetcar, or to get to work. A recent Herald article cites a lack of parking at the Miami Performing Arts Center, but hey, wasn’t that the point of building it downtown; to establish an urban center to our city where we don’t need to rely on our automobiles to get everywhere. Ex: American Airlines Arena, the majority of the fans who take Metrorail to and from the game have a much shorter (and cheaper) commute than the many that paid $25 for a parking spot across the street. Even Lincoln Center in NYC was built with only a few “designated” and handicapped parking spaces, albeit NYC has a very modern transit network, but the Center was built in the 1960s at the height of the suburbanization of American Culture.

Traffic like today’s makes us wish we had never removed the Trolley cars which roamed the streets of Miami and Miami Beach in the 1930’s and 1940’s (see picture above.)

Food for thought:
The Typical highway can handle approximately 2,300 cars/lane/hour vs. a heavy rail train which can handle approximately 75,000 people/lane/hour…

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