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Emergency vehicles & More

I believe the main focus when fixing the traffic problem in Miami-Dade is emergency vehicles.

Photo of Giovanna Gonzalez
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Aside from the standard ways of fixing traffic, such as, more public transportation, bike lanes, and more roads, I think something that could really make a difference for everyone is for Emergency vehicles to have their own designated lanes. I have seen plenty of times where an ambulance has to go through rush hour traffic to get to their destination and it not only creates more traffic but it delays them as well. When rush hour traffic is at its max, there's 3-4 lanes on any street, and every car is at a stop, i've seen emergency vehicles trying to push through with very little progress. The cars then try to move to the side or to the other lane which then causes a ripple effect of more traffic. Emergency vehicles should have their own lanes to drive on, not just on the highway, but on the local roads to. Another big contributor to traffic is the blocking of intersections. Sometimes drivers don't realize that by blocking an intersection, when the light changes and they are stuck in the middle, the cars on the other side are now stuck as well. Thus, creating gridlock for everyone around them. The signs on the intersection lights saying its a $500 fine are small & most people probably don't see them. Overall, more access to public transportation and other small changes should help with the overall congestion.

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Photo of Aly Stone

Hi Giovanna, thanks for your post! These observations are very helpful! Would you suggest simply increasing the size of the signs at the intersections, or increasing the amount of signs? Interesting thought on adding emergency lanes, as well. Which specific roads do you think would benefit the most from the addition of an emergency lane?
-Aly, community facilitator