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Transit and Parking
Coconut Grove is served by several types of public transportation. A rail station is located along Dixie Highway near 27th Avenue. Bus lines #22 and 48 connect the Grove to the surrounding areas, and a circulator trolley connects passengers between the rail stop, the waterfront, Center Grove, and West Grove.

There is an abundance of parking options, in The Center Grove and along the waterfront. Coconut Grove contains almost 6,700 parking spaces in approximately 35 facilities ranging from surface lots to structured parking garages. Parking is concentrated along South Bayshore Drive (2,500 spaces) and in the Center Grove on Grand Avenue (1,850 spaces).

Street Network and Traffic Analysis
McFarlane Road and South Bayshore Drive form a portion of an overall traffic route connecting southern
Miami-Dade County and downtown Miami, and are the main access routes to the Coconut Grove waterfront. The total route, which is to some extent a local alternative to the heavily traveled South Dixie Highway Corridor, includes Old Cutler Road, LeJeune Road, Ingram Highway, Main Highway, McFarlane Road, South Bayshore Drive and South Miami Avenue.

In March 2006, a traffic count was conducted for the Miami-Dade County Public Works Department, which indicated that the average daily traffic (ADT) on South Bayshore Drive at Darwin Street was 28,657 vehicles per day (vpd). A more detailed look at this recent count data indicates that the AM peak hour traffic occurs in the northbound direction, while the PM peak hour traffic occurs in the southbound direction. The data appears to indicate that traffic on the section of roadway in our study area has changed little over the past six years.

McFarlane Road (Figure 17) is a four lane divided roadway which connects the intersection of Main Highway and Grand Avenue to South Bayshore Drive. It is approximately 1,000 feet in length. Traffic on McFarlane Road is controlled by traffic signals at: Grand Avenue/Main Highway and McFarlane Road, SW 2800 Block.

The cross-section includes parallel parking on both sides of the street and bus pull-offs on the south side of the street. The intersection of McFarlane Road/Grand Avenue and Main Highway consists of four approaches, and operates on four phases. In the AM peak hour, the signal operates on a 95 second cycle length with 20 seconds of green time allotted to southbound/westbound McFarlane Road. In the PM peak hour, the signal operates on a 120 second cycle length with 44 seconds of green time allotted to southbound/westbound) McFarlane Road.

In the traffic analysis, the southbound queue created at the intersection of McFarlane Road and Grand Avenue/Main Highway was observed during the PM peak hours. Typically the queue grew from an initial length of approximately 250 feet around 4 PM, to approximately 550 feet around 5:15 PM. When stopped by the traffic signal at the 2800 block the queue typically reached approximately 220 feet to the corner of McFarlane Road and South Bayshore Drive. From then on the queue tended to recede until it was typically approximately 250 feet at 6:00 PM. The observed queue typically dissipated within one cycle of the traffic signal.

South Bayshore Drive has two configurations within the project study area. It is a four lane divided roadway between McFarlane Road on the south and Aviation Avenue on the north, a distance of approximately 3,100 feet. From Aviation Avenue north to SW 17th Avenue, South Bayshore Drive is a two lane roadway.

Traffic on South Bayshore Drive (Figure 18 and 19) is controlled by traffic signals at several locations. The intersection of South Bayshore Drive and SW 27th Avenue is located approximately 1,188 feet north of the curve where South Bayshore Drive joins McFarlane Road and 2,191 feet from the intersection of McFarlane Road/Grand Avenue and Main Highway. The intersection is configured with the four approaches.

The intersection of South Bayshore Drive and SW 27th Avenue is configured with the four approaches and operates on two phases. Current signal timing information obtained from the Miami-Dade County traffic control center indicates that, in the AM peak hour, the signal operates on a 95 second cycle length with 57 seconds of green time allotted to South Bayshore Drive. In the PM peak hour, the signal operates on a 120 second cycle length with 82 seconds of green time allotted to South Bayshore Drive.

The intersection of South Bayshore Drive and Aviation Avenue, located approximately 1,910 feet north of the intersection of South Bayshore Drive and SW 27th Avenue, consists of four approaches and operates on two phases. Current signal timing information obtained from the Miami-Dade County traffic control center indicates that, in the AM peak hour, the signal operates on a 95 second cycle length with 71 seconds of green time allotted to South Bayshore Drive. In the PM peak hour, the signal operates on a 120 second cycle length with 98 seconds of green time allotted to South Bayshore Drive.

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