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The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) and
using an interlocal agreement, gave the MPO the authority to
organize itself to conduct a "continuing, cooperative and
comprehensive transportation planning and programming process".
The agreement was designed to make the MPO an effective
instrument for developing plans and programs that would
thereafter be implemented.
Although the membership of the MPO Governing
Board is largely composed of individuals who serve on the BCC,
the two boards are separate and distinct. The BCC, a
general-purpose local governing body consisting of locally
elected officials, exercises the powers delegated to it by the
metropolitan charter. The MPO
Board, on the other hand, possesses no powers of local
self-government and acts within the policy realm of
transportation only. While the BCC is responsible primarily to
the electorate of Miami-Dade County, the
MPO Board is primarily
responsible to the state governor and to the federal agencies
that provide funding for transportation projects and mandate
planning requirements as a precondition for funding.
In other major metropolitan areas,
MPO boards are markedly different
than local governmental boards and are composed of officials
representing the various municipalities in the given urban area.
The unique structure used by Miami-Dade County, however,
enhances coordination between the two boards, and tends to
facilitate the process of advancing from plans to implementation
of transportation projects.
The existing interlocal agreement provides that the MPO may:
- Enter into contracts or agreements, other than
interlocal agreements, with local and/or state agencies to
utilize the staff resources of those agencies.
- Administer its affairs and business.
- Enter into agreements with the
operators of public mass transportation services, and the
area-wide and regional A-95 agencies.
- Enter into contracts for professional services.
- Accept funds, grants, assistance gifts, or bequeaths
from local, state and federal sources.
Acquire, own, operate, maintain, sell or lease any real or
- Promulgate rules to effectuate its powers,
responsibilities, and obligations provided said rules do not
supersede or conflict with applicable local and state laws,
rules and regulations.
- The agreement also specifies that the MPO will provide
for an appropriate organization to administer its business
and affairs, set up a community involvement structure and
establish a process to evaluate the technical adequacy of
transportation planning activities. To carry out its duties,
the MPO entered into a Management Services Agreement with
Major Elements.Major elements of this agreement are:
- The county shall furnish the MPO with the
professional, technical, administrative and clerical
service, the supplies, the equipment, the office and
other space, and such other incidental items as may be
required and necessary to manage the business and
affairs of the MPO and to carry on the transportation
planning and programming process.
- The county manager of Miami-Dade County shall be
responsible to the MPO Board for the conduct of the
transportation planning process as well as the
appointment, assignment, direction and control of all
personnel necessary thereto; the development of an
appropriate organizational structure and the development
of procedures to monitor and coordinate the planning
- The county manager shall prepare annually a detailed
listing of all tasks necessary and incidental to
carrying out the planning process.
The head of each county department or agency
participating in the transportation planning process
shall be deemed a technical advisor in the field of his
competency and shall be expected to provide the MPO with
expert advice or perform such duties incidental hereto
as the county manager shall assign.
- The county attorney shall be the legal advisor to
the MPO and shall represent the MPO in all legal
matters, provided that, with the concurrence of the
county attorney, the MPO may employ special counsel for
specific needs. A secretariat staff office is to be
designated by the county manager.
- The county manager shall prepare an annual budget on
an October 1 to September 30 fiscal year basis. The
budget shall identify funding sources, participating
agencies and the level of participation by the various
agencies. The MPO region includes the incorporated and
unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County. This region
has an area of 2,464 square miles and over 2.2 million
residents. The incorporated area is composed of
thirty-four (34) municipalities with their own
Our Partners. (Next 24 items below
have links to external websites.)
- GO Miami-Dade!
- 511 Traveler Info
- 95 Express
- Broward MPO
- Broward Transit
- Dade School District
- FDOT Sunguide
- Florida DOT
- Florida MPOAC
- Florida's Turnpike
- League of Cities
- Miami-Dade Aviation
- Miami-Dade Public Works
- Miami-Dade Seaport
- Miami-Dade Transit
- Office of CITT
- Palm Beach MPO
- Palmetto Expressway Corridor Construction
- South Florida Commuter Services
- Tri-Rail (SFRTA)
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