FYI Miami: December 7, 2017
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GAS TAX FOR TRANSIT: Miami-Dade’s Transportation Planning Organization is being urged to adopt a resolution this week asking the county commission to reinstate two cents of the five cents per gallon in local option gasoline taxes that state law permits in order to help fund the Smart plan to add six more legs of mass transit in the county. The resolution by Dennis Moss, member of both the planning organization and the county commission, notes that county commissioners in 1996 rescinded two cents of the five-cent local option. The resolution is asking commissioners to apply the two cents in added gasoline taxes after the planning organization approves Priority One status for the construction phase of one or more of the rapid transit corridors in the smart plan.
LET’S SPLIT THE COST: The county’s Transportation Planning Organization is being asked to call on the Florida Legislature and the Florida Department of Transportation to provide a 50% funding match for each phase of the development and construction of the North and South Dade Transitway Corridors that are a linchpin of the county’s Smart plan to add mass transit in six separate corridors of Miami-Dade. The resolution by Dennis Moss that is to be heard this week says that a 50% match “would help realize significant transit solutions.” His resolution says the county currently estimates that the capital costs of the North and South Dade Transitway Corridors total $1.5 billion, with annual operation and maintenance costs pegged at $38.9 million starting in fiscal year 2023 and future vehicle renewal and replacement costs 20 years after the start of operations set at $341 million.
TRAIN TO PLANE: Miami International Airport has been ranked the most transit-accessible airport in the US, according to the transportation technology firm TransitScreen. The airport received a mobility score of 66 of a possible 100 points, primarily because of the Miami Intermodal Center, which offers access to Metrorail, Tri-Rail, nine inter-city bus routes, and a full-service rental car center housing 14 companies. Amtrak trains are planned to eventually use the facility, which is connected to the airport terminal by an enclosed, climate-controlled 1.25-mile corridor with a people-mover system. TransitScreen’s study analyzed the 20 busiest US airports in passenger traffic and their access to mass transit and taxis, in addition to ride-sharing, bike-sharing and car-sharing options.“This national study is encouraging news for our residents and for visitors to our community,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez. “MIA continues to earn accolades for its passenger and cargo operations, concessions, customer service, and now, for its ground transportation options.”