TRENDING TOPIC FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19TH: The last presidential debate is behind us and we are fast approaching Election Day. We leave you with tweets about the debate and a Miami-Dade transportation update.
TRENDING #TUITS – THE FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
TRANSPORTATION UPDATE: Humberto Cortina spoke with Miami-Dades Director of the Department of Transportation and Public WorksAlice Bravo about county transit projects, on his show “Al Ritmo de Miami” on Radio Mambi 710 AM.
Cortina started by asking if the county has made progress with the synchronization of traffic lights, Bravo said, “yes, the fastest thing we did was start with main roads, and during the peak hours we used computers to recalculate the timers for red lights and green lights. With that, we were able to synchronize main streets, and we will continue to do so until we get them all. For example, on US 1 in the mornings, from 152nd street to Downtown, we have reduced the time for that trip by at least 15 minutes.” She continued, “that is a huge roadway, it usually sees 100,000 cars per day. The other aspect that we measure is peak hours. In the morning, we have been able to reduce congestion. We have seen improvements and the time span has gone down from four and a half hours to three hours and forty-five minutes. So there is less time of congestion in our streets. We have been able to get people off the roads faster. We also measured how much money we are saving residents by getting them to their intended destinations quicker. We have calculated that with the extra time, we are saving people on US 1 alone, up to $6 million dollars in economic impact.” Bravo also talked about how there is a new center, which manages real-time traffic. She stated, “they can monitor the busiest roadways from this center. They have a wall of screens and stations for traffic engineers. Each engineer has a zone that he or she is assigned to. They can see the flow of traffic, and with the computers, they get information on whether there is an accident and if cars are taking another route. Now, they can change the timers for the traffic lights to direct them to other ways so there is no congestion in busy areas.” Bravo focused on how Miami-Dade has used technology to ease congestion including “partnering with a company called Waze that collaborates with us and gives us information as to where there are accidents or construction, which is reported by drivers in the county.” Bravo explained further, “the intelligent system is going to basically have eyes on the streets. We are going to have detectors in the pavement that will tell us when the cars are going in one direction or the other. And the roads will also have a sensor for velocity to see how slow the cars are going as they pass. The system will focus on two things, maximizing the efficiency of that traffic light, while also communicating with other traffic lights to maximize their efficiency as well.” Bravo concluded highlighting how this system is going to be highly beneficial for people that are traveling across the county during peak hours.