Will Taxpayers Foot The Bill For Downtown Traffic Jams Cause By Whole Foods?

Whole Foods Market has attracted crowds of shoppers since opening at MDM Development’s Met 3 project in January, but the project has also led to serious traffic problems in the area, which may require traffic officers to be regularly posted in the area.

Police Commander Lazaro Ferro told Miami Today earlier this month that there is a ‘big flaw’ in the design of the parking garage. Police have tried ticketing a few drivers for disobeying posted signs, but there isn’t even any room for cars to stop while drivers are being ticketed.

Stakeholders have held a meeting  to identify solutions, which could include adding barriers and redirecting some lanes of traffic.

According to Ferro, 10 or 11 posts have been identified that could be staffed with officers to get traffic moving. Ferro said that traffic lights alone ‘aren’t going to do it.’

This isn’t the first time that an MDM project has led to traffic woes. Traffic lanes around Met 2, including an I-95 off ramp, had to be reconfigured after the project opened.

 

(photos: philip pessar/flickr)

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Anonymous
5 years ago

They could at least post a traffic light at the I-95 on-ramp on SE 2nd Ave., for starters. It is a deathtrap for pedestrians.

Anonymous
5 years ago

The traffic jams are caused by the closed South Miami Ave bridge. Once it reopens traffic will ease up significantly.

Martim
5 years ago

Surprise…another one of these developments get built, and no one is held accountable for traffic issues, site designs, or general traffic accountability.

Obviously
5 years ago

You ain’t seen nothing yet, watch what happens when they take more lanes away from Biscayne blvd.

Anonymous
5 years ago

But DDA says that’s supposed to reduce traffic, and why would they lie?!

Ski
5 years ago

Its a easy solution, if you don’t like traffic do not go downtown or take mass transit. The only way to stop people from driving is to make the traffic so bad that they realize that they should not drive there. The result will be that the people who do drive assume the risk of dealing with the traffic. There are plenty of other whole foods in Miami with easier parking and less traffic.

Marc305
5 years ago

Well said Ski! I take the metromover from Brickell and bring my little cart with wheels. It’s a nice short walk and ride, both quite enjoyable I might add.

BinBrickell
5 years ago

if BAYLINK were to be implemented, the number of people willing to give up their cars would multiply…and the number of metrorail riders would double (at least!) if there was an easy connection between the two.

anon
5 years ago

i drove to wf to check it out one time from sobe during middle of weekday – traffic was a nightmare. After circling around a couple times to figure it out and be able to merge into building parking, got to parking, and they wanted 10 bucks for over 10 min. Granted, i usually spend 500 on groceries a trip, but was furious at parking costs and probably for wasting so much time in downtown traffic… so left. Still haven’t been and probably won’t go back to check it out.

Obviously
5 years ago

Hey anon, stop complaining, it’s not Miami’s fault you came too early from SoBe, you’re supposed to be waiting for Baylink.

anon
5 years ago

If you validate at whole foods, the parking is free