Meetings tonight and tomorrow will give the public our first view of an effort to create a toll road along the South Dade Busway. The project is called the U.S. 1 Express Lanes, and it’s being described by the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority as a study of “potential enhancements to the Busway that could improve transit service and safety.” Here are the meeting times and places:
Wednesday, Sept. 7
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Coral Reef Branch Library, auditorium
9211 SW 152nd St.
Thursday, Sept. 8
6 p.m.-8 p.m
South Dade Regional Library, 1st floor meeting room
10750 SW 211th St.
The obvious aim of the project is to increase capacity for north-south motor traffic. It turns out that this has been under study since 2008, even while the county was rejecting an extension of the popular Metrorail service beyond its Kendall terminus at Dadeland, and Miami-Dade Transit was acquiring park-and-ride lots near the Busway. A slide show prepared in April 2011 includes conceptual drawings of a large concrete guideway carrying cars and buses above and between the present busway and U.S. 1.
Here’s the MDX announcement. All walkers and bicyclists who use the South Dade Trail, and all regular users of the buses between Florida City and Dadeland, should try to attend these and subsequent meetings, learn all we can about it, and make sure that we don’t get left in the dust.