Traffic overdrive: We want to help

Vehicles come to a standstill on I-95 northbound between the Northwest 135rd Street and 151st Street exits during rush hour.
Vehicles come to a standstill on I-95 northbound between the Northwest 135rd Street and 151st Street exits during rush hour. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

There are few issues Miami-Dade residents agree upon, but here’s one: Traffic gridlock and frustrated drivers are killing us. Figuratively and, yes, literally.

We all must deal with this new reality: Weekday rush hour in South Florida in the good ol’ days extended from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and then again from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. But these days, almost every hour is rush hour.

The Editorial Board receives scores of letters every week from local residents who struggle to get from Point A to Point B — be it in a car, on a bus or a bike, on foot, or on rail.

We want to be part of the solution. We are asking our readers to use our page to tell community leaders where the problems exist and what ideas they have to solve them. We’re calling the Editorial Board’s traffic initiative, H*ll on Wheels. Join us, we’ll post your complaints.

After all, who better than readers know the most dangerous intersection to cross on foot?

Or where a street light is out of sync, clogging traffic flow? Or bus routes where it takes three transfers to get there?

What are some routes to avoid bumper-to-bumper traffic on Interstate 95 or the Palmetto Expressway?

We are now the third most populous state in the country, with 19 million residents and 16 million registered vehicles. Enough said.

Traffic congestion is making timely mobility in our community nearly impossible and is negatively affecting too many lives. The issue deserves as much attention as any other in our community.

▪ Bicyclists and pedestrians are being struck and killed by vehicles at an alarming rate. This must stop.

▪ A shocking number of drivers who hit pedestrians flee the scene, even when they’re not to blame. Where’s the sense of personal responsibility?

▪ Our to-and-from-work commutes are eating up our time and damaging our quality of life. This is simply unfair.

▪ Expressway tolls are eating into our wallets, but offer little tangible relief.

▪  Despite new tentacles, Metrorail still doesn’t go where many of us need to go.

And don’t get us started on the speeders, lane weavers and tailgaters.

To his credit, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez realizes we have a serious traffic problem, but how to fund projects for the fixes is a big obstacle, he said at the recent Citizens’ Independent Transportation Summit, where pamphlets addressing the problems flew like confetti.

The Board will hold local, state and federal officials accountable. And we’ll find it who’s tracking down the worst of the drivers.

What else? You tell us. HeraldEd@MiamiHerald.com.

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