Traffic and schools

One hour and 10 minutes to travel 11 miles: That’s the current time of my commute. It’s a beautiful route I started many years ago, from Cutler Bay to Coral Gables, through Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest.

Up until about two years ago, the usual commute was about 45 to50 minutes. Sundays it took 17 minutes. During the summers, it took 17 to 25 minutes. What does that tell you?

Schools are part of the problem, a huge issue that needs to be examined and could be a key factor in alleviating some traffic gridlock.

For example, I looked at all the start times of the schools that I drive by so I can avoid them. Yet I still see gridlock around the schools and, worst of all, there are school-zone lights still flashing when there are no students walking around the school.

There are 345,000 students and 40,000 employees in Miami-Dade public schools, all trying to get to the same places at the same time. We need to address and better plan for school arrival, drop-off and slow-down zones.

Judith M. Briggs,