The Miami-Dade County Commission Agenda for March 3 is out and it is full of fun items…here are some that I found interesting:
- Improvements along Old Cutler based on the Old Cutler Charrette including roundabouts at 87th and 97th avenue, along with pedestrian/bike path upgrades and facilities from Cocoplum Circle to 224 Street.
- Commissioner Jordon wants to tinker with the Citizens Independent Transportation Trust this time to ensure that the Trust reviews and recommends award contracts within 45 days and that it meet with the Commission at least quarterly. Interesting…
- Approving $37 Million in additional FDOT funding for MIA’s people mover, connecting the MIC with the Airport (this is the much needed connection between Metrorail and the Airport.)
- The City of Doral is expanding its free trolley service.
- This is a biggy (and another Barbara Jordon sponsored item): Officially allowing transit surtax dollars to be spent on the system maintenance and operations, while increasing General Fund contributions by 3.5% every year, and dedicating 10% of the surtax yearly to capital expansion. Wasn’t all of the surtax to be used for expansion? Sorry, but these numbers are still off….seems like more should be put aside from the General Fund, and for expansion (7% and 25%?)
- Developing an elderly TOD at the Okeechobee Metrorail site.
- The County is looking to cut 20% of its energy consumption (estimated at 1.17 million-megawatt-hours..wow)
- Awesome: MDT is updating its bus-tracking software to allow for real-time infomation to be sent to wireless devices. MDT is also deploying a real-time bus tracking system on the new Kendall BRT pilot project, scheduled for May 2012. This line will extend from 166 street and Kendall Drive to Dadeland Station, and include 27 stations that will connect with the GPS based tracking system.
- A resolution urging the President to rethink Federal transit funding when Congress looks at the surface transportation spending act later this year – specifically allowing for use of the funds for operations. This would finally move the Orange line forward.
- Implementation strategy for Miami-Dade Parks Masterplan. Also awesome. (Noted in this item is a growing program me and some collegues started called the Native Carbon Cure – a carbon tax that mitigates our business’ carbon footprint through local habitat restoration projects.)
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