Friday, February 20, 2009

Mass Transit in South Florida?

I thought we already had mass transit here... You know Tri-Rail, BCT, and the Palm Beach and Miami Dade bus systems.

Wait, that's right Tri-rail is only readily accessible by a small fraction of the population in South Florida.

I wish I was in county planning back when this brilliant idea was brought, to, you know only have one rail line setup and have it run down only the east side of the counties. Excellent move, almost has brilliant as allowing a small group of people to dictate the Sawgrass Expressway not going through to I-95. But, that is a different discussion for a different day.

Anyone who doesn't live in Ft Lauderdale doesn't understand what I am talking about. So, all I can say is government has done and is doing what government does best. The wrong thing.

Now, I have no problems paying extra taxes for a true mass transit system. But, let's do it properly and build it right. Let's tell the taxpayers exactly what is going to be done and how it is going to be done. Its amazing how sometimes being open and forth right makes things so much easier.

If we want a true system. Let's put north/south lines along the Turnpike and 75/Sawgrass in addition to the existing line along 95. Let's put in some east/west routes and not just a token one or two per county. This is something that needs to be accesible if it will truly be Mass Transit. Put in major lines along the east/west highways in Broward and Dade. Build terminals at the major cross sections meaning in Broward alone you would six main terminals. You would have many more then that in Dade county.

If needed raise costs a bit more to cover it. Let's face it if I pay $7.50 to $10 a day to ride the system then I am still paying less then a car payment and that's before gas and insurance.

Just my opinion... Like that's worth anything.

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