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Alice Bravo: Transit chief seeks alternatives to use of private cars

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Written by on September 15, 2015

Alice Bravo: Transit chief seeks alternatives to use of private cars

It hasn’t been long since Alice Bravo took the helm of Miami-Dade Transit but she’s already raising new ideas for an improved, well-used system. Ms. Bravo says her goals are to make our system clean, safe and reliable and – ultimately – convenient.

Ultimately, Ms. Bravo said, the county is dealing with a cultural change of how public transit is viewed. A lot of people are using it, she said, while plenty have never even looked into how to use it. 

Congestion is inevitable because there are people who, for whatever reason, find using their car most convenient, Ms. Bravo said. However, her goal is to provide a reliable option so those who want to abandon their car and use mass transit will have a viable alternative.

Ms. Bravo was drawn to this job for the opportunity to combine the transit and the public works departments. Public works in this county is responsible for all of Miami-Dade’s roads, traffic signals and traffic engineering decisions for the system. She thinks coupling all that with the transit department has been a missing element.

Miami Today reporter Susan Danseyar interviewed Ms. Bravo in her office at the Transit Department.

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14 Responses to Alice Bravo: Transit chief seeks alternatives to use of private cars

  1. DC Copeland

    September 16, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I suspect Ms. Bravo is too nice. She has to act like a Mass Transit Czar, someone who makes no excuses for those who can’t untether themselves from their cars. She has to think, “This is what the community you live in needs and, by God, this is what you’re going to get– no matter what it costs!”

  2. Fernando Craveiro

    September 19, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Great interview! Alice has broad experience in public service and the knowledge and understanding of what needs to happen to increase use of public transportation. I also like her views on public-private partnerships as a way to implement much needed infrastructure. I am happy to see someone competent leading this important government post. Thank you for your efforts Alice!

  3. Mark

    September 20, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Need better trains .More buses,Upgrade the rail stations .put mover back in revenue. Make the train to run from County line to County line . And this will show a different Ans aldo hired qualified people not ones that was put in friends.

  4. Mark

    September 20, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Need better trains .More buses,Upgrade the rail stations .put mover back in revenue. Make the train to run from County line to County line . And this will show a different Ans aldo hired qualified people not ones that was put in by friends.

  5. victor

    September 21, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Here is a novel idea. How about expanding the train into Kendall, Doral, North Miami area. Perhaps we do this, we can alleviate the roads just a little bit.

    • Maria Maria De La Rosa

      September 26, 2015 at 3:10 am

      Public transit in Miami is pathetic. I agree with all the previous comments here. It seems there is really no one in charge of this city.

      I would love to use public transportation. But alas ………………

  6. South Commuter

    September 26, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Why not use the waters for public transportation? The bay has calm waters that can be used to transport thousands of commuters every day. Public-private initiative could put a project to work, transporting people from the south/ and north to Brickell and Downtown areas.
    Think about disembark areas with stores and food places to generate more employments too.
    But oh no! Finding front water areas to do it will be too complicated… Looks like the city makes more money selling theses areas to developers. In the meantime, taxpayers struggle with an increasing collapsed traffic all over the city and inefficient public transportation, while Mrs. Bravo does personal marketing.

  7. hk

    September 27, 2015 at 3:45 am

    It is nice to have this opportunity, I will like to add just ideas from my experience driving in other cities.

    How about fixing,
    1 “real” expressways exits and access trough the “right side only”, left sides do not work with congestion.
    2 “real” emergency lanes. the existing where almost erased.
    3 express lines only for social conscientious people (green, HOV)
    and what other people said here before me, thank you

  8. donc

    September 27, 2015 at 4:07 am

    MetroFail is just that! It serves only a very limited part of the county. The extreme northern and southern parts of the county are not served. It takes nearly as long to get to a station as to drive to the desired destination if you can get there at all by the few areas served. Until there is a real system that covers the county and is actually usable and practical, no sane person would even consider it. There are SYSTEMS in many Metro areas that do very well but they are a connected functioning system that serve the areas and destinations needed, not just a single line that except for the route from Kendall to Brickell and Downtown are totally useless except for a few people. It doesn’t even go to the airport! Get practical and REAL !!! You need to serve a COUNTY not just a few selected areas or it just doesn’t work or help.

  9. Vic

    September 28, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Miami Dade have been collecting a half a penny tax for several years now tanks are supposed to be going for the expansion of the mass transit system thus far we haven’t seen any mass transit expansion so where is that money going too?

  10. Gina

    October 4, 2015 at 2:01 am

    By all means, public transportation needs to be increased in South Florida. However, that is easier said than done. Eminent domain will be the only “route” to provide the access and service people are demanding. Many will win and many will lose.

  11. Michael

    October 6, 2015 at 5:37 am

    The transit system is a joke with prehistoric busses and extremely long routes and no real hubs to connect to another bus or train. Many bustops have no benches and late evening night service is horrible . Busses break down and no replacement sent . Also the maintenance is lacking including the bike tacks. Elevators and escalators are always broken for long periods of time. She has her work cut out for her!

  12. Moira Eckardt

    October 15, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Please use the “famous 1 Cent ” to expand the Metro Rail – South to North and East to West – all the way !!!
    Miami is a big city now, let’s do what the big cities do !
    If I am no wrong 1977 – 1978 construction on metro rail began but still looks the same ; only one way –
    Please better our Metro Rail –

  13. Michael

    October 15, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    We need rerouted busses and a better use of the metro rail like north on Biscayne and west to Westchester area. The electric busses are cool but we need more of them! Better late night service would be a good idea!

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