Tri-county transportation thrust seen short of unity
South Florida already poised to upgrade its Regional Transit Organization,
the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce has decided to go further and
seek a full-blown authority.
chamber's new work plan seeks "establishment of a Regional Transportation
Authority... with the ability to self-fund and implement transportation
programs for the entire region."
current unfunded coalition, said Allen Harper, chamber transportation
committee head, has seen limited success in coordinating bus schedules
and mass transit systems in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
recognizes that the three counties are linked inextricably,"
said Jose Luis Mesa, director of Miami-Dade's Metropolitan Planning
Organization. "The idea, I think, has a future.
do have the shell now" for a tri-county effort, he said.
organization will soon be renamed the South Florida Regional Transportation
Organization if county commissions and Metropolitan Planning Organizations
in the three counties approve.
Sori, transportation systems analyst for the Miami-Dade Metropolitan
Planning Organization, said at the chamber's weekend goals conference
that the pending amendment broadens the agency's reach to include
whole goal and key of the South Florida Regional Transportation Organization
is looking on a regional basis," Mr. Sori said, focusing on projects
that have an area-wide impact to "create a seamless transportation
in the works, he said, include a commuter transit voucher program
and an information network.
planners said regional cooperation is a key. Danny Alvarez, director
of the Miami-Dade Transit Agency, said coordination already has increased
said 21 transportation agencies coordinated efforts this year, lifting
transit allocations for South Florida to $28 million from $9.6 million
the prior year.
Alvarez said it would be better for the three counties to start creating
an authority now rather "than for it to be imposed."