Here is a video of MDX’s tier 2 presentation about the US 1 Express Lanes project on South Dade Busway held on August 14, 2013 at the Coral Reef library. The presenter, Mr. Alan Brick-Turin speaks about the history of the project, MDX’s role and the proposed goals of the project if ultimately approved by the MPO (Metropolitan Planing Organization) and the Miami-Dade commission.
MDX keeps stressing that this is a “proposed” project and that there are no present plans to actually proceed with the project. It is the PD&E phase (Project Development and Environmental study). The cost of this “study” is $6.5 million dollars and still has close to two years left before it’s final results are presented to the public, MPO and the Miami-Dade commission.
The term Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is used extensively by MDX in association with this “proposed” project. True BRT would have easy, safe, dedicated and plentiful access so that passengers could get on and off the buses. From what we have seen this is sorely lacking, even non-existent in the design. Leading us to call this initiative “Candy Coated Transit”.
Here is a rendering of one of the “proposed” overpasses on the US 1 Express Lanes project that would be built at the over 20 major cross street intersections.
This project would be funded with tolls in a similar fashion to how the I-95 Express Lane presently collects tolls. Rates would adjust up or down depending on the demand. Note the presenter states that congestion pricing for a one way toll could be as high at $10.00!! At that rate some might not call it a Lexus Lane, but rather a Lamborghini Lane.
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