Bus ridership is down 2.2% from 2014 according to Miami Today. Who wants to wait for those buses? I guess only people that have to. But that is not Transits real problem.
It is going before the commission next week on St. Patrick's Day: A Transit Settlement Agreement has to be voted on. Apparently Miami Dade County LIED to the Feds to get transit money and got caught by a whistleblower (who was fired). She is getting $2 Million Dollars. The fine is $10 Million Dollar total. So Miami Dade County has to pay $10 Million Dollars they don't have. We all know the Transit Department is flush with money -- Where are they going to get it? It better not be from the Bond. The county says they are going to get it from "Operational Savings". Are they out of their minds? They also say Insurance? Can you get insurance as protection for committing a crime? Yes submitting false papers is a crime. Who is going to jail? Well, it is a SELF insurance fund so I guess anything goes. The County is a blood sucking, stinking monster. All the insiders working there for years and the nepotism that abounds, well it is costing us. People that are unqualified are hired but because they know someone -- that counts. Maybe they have a little larceny in their veins, but they are a cousin so they get the job.
First page from County Agenda, Outlining the Issue.
excerpt - charges.