Let’s just give up on rail altogether and stop dangling it like a carrot to voters. Face it reader: Everybody else is not going to take the train and leave the road clear for you! In today’s Miami Herald ( Tri-Rail budget would cut daily runs, end service in 2011) they talk about the county reducing its share to tri-rail by about 3 million dollars. This would put us in jeopardy with the feds. Yvette Taylor, of the FTA said if there are Tri-Rail service cuts they may demand a return of $256 million for double tracking. In the same article it says OUR crappy Miami Dade Transit, with Broward, will launch the first full-fledged regional bus service between Miami and Broward. So we are cutting funding to rail and launching a NEW bus program?
We are so sprawled out that we don’t have enough density to get matching funds for rail according to County Manager Burgess. So why don’t we take rail off our plate once and for all? A half ass rail system that doesn’t run regularly and goes nowhere is not going to be used. In New York I take the Long Island Railroad everywhere and the subway. Here, I have been on a bus once when I got stranded and have never taken the train, ever. Buses get caught in traffic, what is the point of taking buses?