CEOs suggest ways to ease South Florida’s traffic problems

Morning traffic congestion heading eastbound on the 836 bottles up near NW 57th Ave.
Morning traffic congestion heading eastbound on the 836 bottles up near NW 57th Ave. EL NUEVO HERALD

As Miami continues to grow as a global city, new construction projects are significantly impacting traffic in and around the Brickell Financial District. To help our clients make sound office leasing decisions, we produce commuting time calculations for locations on Brickell, downtown Miami and Coral Gables — the region’s largest office markets. Fortunately, many millennial workers prefer an urban, walk-to-work lifestyle, which is being woven into the fabric of the community. Enhanced public transit is also vital for the long-term health of our urban core.

Carol Brooks, president and co-founder, CREC (Continental Real Estate Companies)


I grew up in the New York metropolitan area so I understand congestion. Many of our students are commuters, and rush hour also impacts our graduate students tremendously. Fixing our traffic problem involves offering sufficient mass transit options that will make getting on a bus or train more efficient than getting in a car.

Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale, president, St. Thomas University


In Broward County, both Commercial Boulevard and Andrews Avenue are trouble spots for our workers and deliveries.

Nabil El Sanadi, CEO/president, Broward Health


The I-95 exit into downtown and Biscayne Boulevard is a bottleneck, thanks in large part to its proximity to the Brickell Avenue Bridge. This causes total gridlock during peak hours, which has a direct effect on our colleagues and guests. The public and private sector should incentivize the use of public transit while long-term solutions, such as creating more access points in and out of downtown, are addressed.

Robert Hill, general manager, InterContinental Miami


The traffic in South Florida is not the best, but in my travels I contend that it is certainly not the worst. I think sometimes we focus on the inconvenience of poor traffic and forget about the benefits that come with having a well-performing transportation system that helps to keep jobs and allows businesses to expand. I am most challenged by local traffic issues more so than highway. In South Florida, like many other U.S. cities, we have not kept pace with needed road and bridge work that prepares us with a modern transportation network. I see the current investment in I-95 and believe that is a plausible direction and can accept the delays I face in light of the intention to improve our roadways. In terms of city driving, the traffic that extends to the Coral Gables area, which essentially ends I-95 south and turns into Biscayne is a nightmare. We need to create flyovers to re-route some of the traffic. We also need to widen the road, if we expect to increase our opportunities for future growth.

Kevin Johnson, president/CEO, Johnson Management Group


This could be because it delays workers, customers or deliveries, causes long commutes, etc. And what could be done to fix it? The Palmetto and 836 continue to provide the biggest challenges for Marquis Bank. The constant construction and congestion create delays for employees and customers. Miami needs a well thought-out massive transit system, if it plans to continue its growth.

Miriam Lopez, president/chief lending officer, Marquis Bank