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Federal Aid Highway Act of 1962
This Act created the federal requirements for urban transportation planning.


Transportation Planning Process
All 224 existing urbanized areas had an urban transportation planning process underway.

1977 Creation of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
The Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) was created on March 2, 1977.

Construction commencement of Miami-Dade County Metrorail System.

Miami Intermodal Center (MIC)
The Miami International Airport Transportation study is completed, which later became known as the MIC.


Seaport Access
The Board adopted a plan recommended by the Port of Miami Access Task Force, which included a tunnel alternative.


First Metrorail car arrived at the Palmetto Yard.

Citizens' Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) was created

Bikes on Train Program
The program started as a demonstration project with limited hours on weekends only.

1984  Metrorail
Began service on May 20, 1984.
1985 Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) was created
1989 Creation of Tri-Rail
The Miami-Dade MPO Director was the first Interim Director to start-up the system until its first permanent Director was hired.
1993 Transportation Aesthetic Review Committee (TARC) was created
1994 Creation of the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX)
  • As a result of a MPO study, MPO Resolution #3-94, urged the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) to support legislation enabling the creation of such Authority.
  • MPO Resolution #30-95, provided in-kind staffing services to the Dade County Expressway Authority.
  • MPO Resolution #31-95, endorsed a request from the Authority to FDOT to establish start-up funds from existing revenues.
  • MPO Resolution #32-95, directed the MPO and FDOT to provide planning funds to assist the Authority with start-up operations.
1998 Creation of the South Florida Vanpool Program (SFVP)
Tri-County program with 249 vans to date.
2003 Southeast Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) was created

Freight Transportation Advisory Committee (FTAC) was created

South East Florida Transportation Council (SEFTC) was created

2006 Creation of the Bus on Shoulders Program 
2007 M-Path Master Plan was created
This is a 9 mile, 8 foot wide multi-use path that connects Downtown Miami to SW 67th Avenue (Ludlam Road) in South Miami.
2015 SEFTC adopted:
  • The first Regional Freight Plan for 2040 was adopted by SEFTC.
  • The 2040 Southeast Florida Regional Transportation Plan.

Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Technology

  • The MPO held its first CAV Exhibition.
  • A CAV working group was created.

Adopted policy to set transit as the "highest priority" for the County

Adoption of the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Plan

Approval of the Project Development and Environmental (PD&E) Phases for the SMART corridors

Approval of $7.18M in federal funds to support the SMART Plan

Creation of three permanent Governing Board Committees:
1. Executive Policy Committee (EPC)
2. Fiscal Priorities Committee (FPC)
3. Transportation and Mobility Committee (TMC)


From MPO to TPO
Under Resolution #08-17, dated February 8, 2017, the MPO changed its name to the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) and a new logo was adopted.




Citizens Advisory Committees

  • Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)
  • Citizens' Transportation Advisory Committees (CTAC)
  • Freight Transportation Advisory Committee (FTAC)
  • Transportation Aesthetic review Committee (TARC)

Technical Committees

  • Transportation Planning Council (TPC):
    a. Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Development Committee
    b. Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Development Committee
    c. Transportation Planning Technical Advisory Committee (TPTAC)
    d. Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Development Committee

Changes from 1977 to 2017

Population Growth 
Downtown Growth 

Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

1977 UPWP cover  UPWP table  2017 UPWP cover 

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

1978 TIP cover  2017 TIP cover 
TIP tables 

Major Projects:

  • Metrorail
  • Palmetto Metrorail Station Extension
  • Metrorail Airport Extension
  • Improvements along the county expressway network
  • South Miami Dade Busway
  • Miami International Center (MIC)
  • SR-826 / SR-836 Interchange
  • Golden Glades Interchange
  • I-395
  • Miami-Dade County Traffic Control Center
  • PortMiami Tunnel
  • Managed Lanes Network
  • Transit Alternatives Analysis for all premium transit corridors
LRTP Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)
  LRTP comparison 
  MPO Governing Board
1977 Governing Board 
Governing Board members from 1977 to present 

2017 Governing Board 

Miami-Dade TPO Directors:

  1. David J. Reynolds
  2. William Ockert
  3. Jose Luis Mesa
  4. Irma San Roman
  5. Aileen Bouclé 


  A History in Pictures
  Metro Rail then and now


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