According to the latest report presented by the developer, American Dream Miami would generate over 70,000 trips per day, and around 5,330 of those during afternoon rush hour.
The Developer's Transportation Impact Analysis (TIA) does not adequately account for transportation impacts:
- The TIA relies on Mall of America in Minneapolis to claim that 30% of project traffic will be non-regional (more correctly, “extra-regional,” meaning traffic with an origin/destination outside of Miami-Dade County) in nature. This claim assumes the retail and theme park environment in Florida is the same as Minnesota.
- When considering the substantial differences between the Minnesota markets and the Florida markets, the “extra-regional” traffic should be reduced from 30% to 10%.
- The Applications distributed nearly 50% of the extra-regional traffic to the south –- meaning Monroe County, which is inappropriate. The actual extra-regional to the south should be no more than 2% of the overall extra-regional traffic.
- The Applications therefore claim that the proposed NW 170th Street/I-75 interchange will be the primary entry point for ADM. However, since approximately 98% of the extra-regional traffic will come from the north, it is unreasonable to expect all of that extra-regional traffic to bypass the expanded NW 186 Street / I-75 interchange and travel 3.5 miles along the HEFT and surface streets to access ADM.
- The TIA relies on enhanced transit service, but neither Application has committed to providing such improvements.
- Despite recommendations form the Florida Department of Transportation (LINK TO LETTER ATTACHED) and experts in Miami-Dade County, the developers have stated that because many of the roads near the proposed project are failing in handling current traffic, they would only be responsible for the roadways that would fail because of the project.