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Stadium Corners Seen Giving Lift To Pro Player Area

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Written by on November 9, 2000

Katy Sorenson is asking fellow commissioners to have County Manager Merrett Stierheim report on the feasibility of creating an office of transportation management for the county and to recommend whether such an office should be formed.

The resolution envisions an office that could plan, run projects and monitor construction.

The issue would encompass not only commission agencies but the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, the Florida Department of Transportation and the Regional Transportation Organization, none of which falls under county commission control.

Ms. Sorenson was not available for comment Tuesday, nor were members of her staff.

"I think it’s an area that we could study," Mr. Stierheim said Tuesday night. It would take 30 to 60 days to complete the study, he said.

"It’s timely," he said. "We haven’t solved the transportation problems in this county and while I’m not saying this person could wave a magic wand and solve them, there could be an impact."

The post would not be that of a transportation czar, Mr. Stierheim emphasized, because the head of the office would have no authority over the other agencies. Rather, he said, that person would be a liaison and coordinate to make certain agencies don’t duplicate one another’s work.

Ms. Sorenson pointed to mounting traffic congestion that "threatens to choke economic growth and development in Miami-Dade County." She cited fragmentation in planning "resulting in a failure to cohesively address the county’s overall transportation needs."

Mr. Stierheim agreed with the need. "Transportation," he said, "is probably the greatest problem that this community faces."

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