To Miami Lakes and North Dade Residents,
As many of you already know, traffic around Miami Lakes and Northwest Dade is a real problem during the morning and evening rush hours. Since being elected to the town council, I’ve made it a priority to find some solutions and relief from this traffic congestion. These traffic and transportation issues have been discussed for years by our elected officials in Miami Dade. Now is the time to think outside the box and make some real changes countywide.
This past Friday, Councilman Tony Lama along with the Miami Lakes Town Council hosted the first ever Miami Lakes Traffic Summit. Although the summit was for the traffic experts to get together, we welcome your input. This meeting brought together all the agencies that could positively impact traffic in the Town of Miami Lakes and the surrounding areas. For the past eight months, Councilman Lama and I have individually met with state, county and local officials on traffic issues concerning our town.
As a member of the Miami Dade League of Cities Transportation Committee, I have also met with elected officials from Doral, Miami Springs and Pinecrest. All similar-sized cities that have major traffic problems. Miami Dade County Commissioner Steve Bovo, chairman of the County Transportation and Mobility committee has also been engaged in solving the traffic issues countywide as well as in Miami Lakes. His plan of using the existing railroad tracks throughout the county may be the answer to these traffic nightmares. Although my generation is pretty much stuck in our cars, we need to make changes for future generations such as our children and grandchildren. Imagine that your kids could catch a light-rail train to FIU, UM or Miami Dade College using the existing train tracks.
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I encourage you to contact Miami Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez and all of our county commissioners asking them to think beyond the current public transportation options we have now.
Councilman Nelson Rodriguez, Miami Lakes
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