Miami-Dade County Announces Initiative to Improve Transportation Infrastructure

The Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Works (DTPW), along with Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and U.S. Representative Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24), recently announced a new initiative to prioritize projects and programs that improve service, reliability and safety; improve the customer experience and provide safe and convenient mobility options.

The initiative, funded in part by the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), was announced at a press conference hosted by Rep. Wilson to celebrate the historic infrastructure funding that will be provided to Miami-Dade County and Florida’s 24th Congressional District.

“Today is a great day for Miami-Dade County, the largest county in Florida’s 24th congressional district, as we mark our nation’s most historic infrastructure investment to date: the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act,” Rep. Wilson said.

As part of this initiative, DTPW is working on a number of service and infrastructure improvements to advance strategic priorities stemming from the county’s Thrive305 action plan. These include the Metromover system improvement project, the Metrorail system maintenance program improvement, a bus shelter expansion project, and several projects to improve transit service communications in common for users.

“Improving our transit system is one of my top priorities,” said Mayor Levine Cava. “I am grateful to the Biden administration, Congresswoman Wilson and all of our federal partners. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act allows us to accelerate public transit improvements and achieve the goal of providing the best transit experience for our community.

Due to the age of the system, Metromover users have experienced frequent service interruptions on the system’s three loops over the past few years. Thus, the Metromover System Improvement Project will replace and repair the system to improve reliability. This new project, which will start this summer, will replace the signaling communication (which allows the DTPW to have more information on the location and operation of the trains), modernize the mechanical parts and significantly modernize the control center of the system. . . The estimated completion of this major overhaul is summer 2025.

The department has also improved its Metrorail maintenance program. The objective of the ongoing maintenance program is to replace and upgrade Metrorail track components. These efforts have been accelerated and are critical to improving Metrorail service, as track component upgrades will ultimately result in fewer service interruptions and delays, as well as increased reliability and service security.

“We have already begun advancing several projects and programs that modernize our aging infrastructure, improve service reliability, and support our existing transit services for Miami-Dade County residents and visitors,” said Eulois Cleckley. , director and CEO of Miami- Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works. “We understand that this work may temporarily inconvenience passengers in the short term, but the long-term benefits will significantly improve our existing system.”

As part of the bus shelter expansion project, 360 new bus shelters and 200 bike lanes will be installed across the county by June 2023. Currently, 100 shelters are scheduled to be installed by fall 2022. Providing Shelter against the elements with a safer, cleaner, more attractive and better-lit bus for riders provides a better customer experience, one of the service’s priorities.

DTPW is working on several projects to improve the customer experience by improving transit service communications. These projects include the full upgrade of Metrorail’s real-time arrival screens – which is already underway and expected to be completed this year; text options to ETA for bus passengers; improvements to the information provided through service updates and passenger alert systems, as well as a modernization project for the arrival screen of the next Metromover train which will resolve all existing sound systems and electronic displays not working or partially working at all affected Metromover stations.

In the meantime, DTPW will install temporary signage on Metromover vehicles to avoid rider confusion resulting from non-functional electronic signs, as well as additional signage on Metrorail station platforms to clearly indicate which single-track trains will serve during single track operation.

Details of this initiative will soon be available online. All identified, planned and implemented projects will improve public transportation services and infrastructure so that county residents and visitors can enjoy a safe, clean, efficient, reliable, sustainable and equitable transportation system.

Plan your transit trip or track your bus or train in real time through the GO Miami-Dade Transit app. To purchase Miami-Dade Transit fare products, visit the Transit Store or download the GO Miami-Dade Transit app. Transit riders can also pay for parking through the PayByPhone app.

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