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The Department of Transportation and Public Works announces significant travel savings along US-1

MIAMI (January 31, 2017)

Improving mobility in Miami-Dade County is a top priority for the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW). One way the Department aims to achieve this goal is to reduce congestion on the roadways.

In a study conducted by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), US-1 was identified as one of the most congested corridors in the County. The 12-mile stretch underwent active arterial management where traffic engineers were retiming signals based on travel patterns. These efforts have led to significant time-savings.

For example, the average travel time during peak hours has been reduced by 11 minutes along the segment of US-1 from SW 152nd Street and SW 16th Avenue. In other measures, the peak period along US-1 has been reduced from 9 hours to 6.75 hours per day -- that’s more than a 15% decrease and can translate to nearly two hours a week.

“Our Department is working diligently to make the roadways in our community easier to navigate,” said Alice N. Bravo, P.E., Director of DTPW. “The top priority has always been improving mobility in Miami-Dade County and simultaneously improving the quality of life for our residents.”

In addition to the retiming, which was done in conjunction with the Florida Department of Transportation, DTPW is in the process of installing smart signal technologies along 12 of the busiest corridors in the County. These adaptive signals have the capability to automatically detect movement -- or lack thereof -- and alert traffic engineers who will then properly retime the traffic light.

“This new technology has already been installed on NW 36th Street between 71st and 84th Avenues, as we have a 10 percent reduction along that corridor right now,” explained Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “These signals are equipped with technology that will communicate with autonomous vehicles for the future.”

As Mayor Gimenez recently said in the 2017 State of the County address, “We are going to continue looking into even more alternative technologies to give Miami-Dade residents as many mobility options as possible… I look forward to continuing to use technology to improve our commutes in our County.”

Download the free Miami-Dade Transit Tracker app by visiting www.miamidade.gov/transit/transit-tracker-app and start planning for your next trip today. Also available from DTPW is the EASY Pay app – turn your smartphone into a mobile ticket and just scan to ride. Visit www.miamidade.gov/transit/easy-pay for more information. Don’t forget, riders can now also pay for parking via their mobile devices with the PayByPhone cashless app.