Letters to the Editor

Alleviating traffic congestion in Miami Beach

It is our priority to improve mobility by reducing traffic congestion throughout our city streets.

As a result, the city of Miami Beach implemented changes to the parking system in an effort to make improvements.

There are also various projects under way, each at varying levels of progress and estimated funding needs.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, cars that circle streets looking for parking cause 30 percent of traffic jams.

It takes at least eight minutes to find a parking space on the street.

Daily we have roughly 30,000 users of our parking spaces. We intend to modify driver behavior and alleviate traffic in congested areas of our city. Businesses will also benefit by having street parking available for customers when those meters are not used as long-term parking.

There are cost effective and time-saving alternatives to street parking in Miami Beach.

With more than 12,487 parking spaces in lots and garages available and only 3,888 spaces on our streets citywide, our new parking program encourages vehicles to park at city lots and garages where one can save up to 75 percent in fees.

Additionally, the lower rates for Miami Beach residents using the ParkMobile app have not changed.

The funds generated by these changes will be dedicated to future transportation programs, such as additional free trolley services throughout our city, dedicated transit connectivity to Miami and additional parking garages.

Visit the city’s website miamibeachparking.com for a list of parking programs and frequently asked questions, .

For additional questions or assistance, contact our Parking Hotline at 305.673.7505 or tweet us at @MiamiBeachNews using #DontCircleTheBlock

Jimmy L. Morales, city manager, Miami Beach