Here we go again folks. The special interest groups of Kendall are working hard to make sure the area never builds any reasonable transit options to deal with their congestion. You may recall my previous open letter to the EKHO and Edward Levinson. We’ll I began writing them (and the Herald) a new letter today in response to this article and found myself repeating much of my previous sentiments…

Here’s the quote by Ed which really inspired me to write to them again:

”This is the worst thing I’ve ever seen. It’s total insanity,” said Kendall Community Council member Edward Levinson of what he believes will become a traffic nightmare at the intersection of Kendall Drive and 97th Avenue.

That’s right folks…We’re going to scrap the cheaper LRT on existing tracks and ROW, because of possible traffic tie-ups along Ed’s commute.

You wouldn’t trust a gambling chimpanzee with your life savings, so why would you allow special interest groups and homeowners associations to plan a transit system around their vehicular needs? Sound foolish? I hope so. But that’s precisely what’s happening at the Citizen’s Transportation Advisory Committee’s Subcommittee meetings in Kendall where plans are underway to design new public transit for area residents.

Various homeowners associations, backed by Kendall Community Council member Edward Levinson, are working to garner public opposition to a plan that would make the Kendall community more accessible to area residents by using the existing CSX rail corridor.

The group opposes the proposed light rail transit because of possible congestion the at-grade crossings could create for vehicular commuters such as themselves. Not to mention, many of them believe that their homes (built along the previously existing rail corridor) will decrease in value due to added rail transit; this belief has been disproved statistically nationwide (Source: APTA.)

The Kendall community is at a crossroads. The inability to embrace alternative forms of effective transit is disconcerting, particularly in a region currently choking on the congestion induced by its own unchecked growth and sprawl. It is typical of the mentality fostered in this particular region and has been cultivated by our addiction to the automobile.

It is of paramount importance that our citizens educate themselves on the benefits of proper public infrastructure and urban planning before they take up such a bold position against reasonable measures which would help steer the future growth of our community.

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12 Responses to West Kendall Residents Remain Misinformed about Transit

  1. Anonymous says:

    the county shouldn’t do anything to the kendall area. they should let them suffer. The residents in that area don’t aappreciate the kind of help or ideas the county is giving them. If they want to sit in traffic because of the lightrail that they suppose to ride will stop traffic, let them. they should build all types of transit stations around the whole county and let them watch.and wish they had the same thing.

  2. Steven says:

    As someone who has attended several of the meetings on the Kendall-link project, I can say that the residents of the Kendall area are mostly an indecisive lot who really don’t know what they want. Everyone at the meetings talked about how they wanted transit solutions to their traffic woes, but didn’twant any of the solutions. Some of the common statements made were as follows:

    “I don’t want a metrorail extention down Kendall because it would obstruct my view. When I purchased my house, I didn’t pay to see a metrorail line every time I look out the window”

    “Running any transit line down the CSX corridor would be detrimental to the entire area. Property values will go down and the noise would keep us awake at all hours of the night. They should make that corridor a nice and quiet busway and build CSX a set of tracks out west of Krome Avenue.”

    “Nobody ever rides Metrofail. We don’t need another completely empty train running through our community. Look what it has done to the Dadeland Area; do we want that sort of thing near our neighborhoods?”

    Each one of those comments made me want to smack my forehead harder and harder each time they were made (and they were made ad nauseum). They all want a solution, but nothing that might (in)convenience them.

  3. Ryan says:

    I think one question we should be asking here, is whether a Kendall transit line should be prioritized ahead of transit in Miami’s urban core (Miami-Miami Beach)?

    Regardless of how West Kendall NIMBYs feel, I don’t think we should be burning finite funding resources on suburban transportation solutions when our urban core transit remains severely underdeveloped. Plus, I’d be willing to bet that NIMBYs would be much more willing to accept transit into their neighborhoods once they see how successful new lines are in the urban core (which are much more likely to succeed due to physical, social, and economic factors, among others).

    Again, Miami-Dade’s transit priorities are completely backward. And the sickening thing is, West Kendall practically won the lotto here with a great transit opportunity that most communities who aren’t completely out-of-touch would kill for. However, they don’t even want the prize.

    This is Miami in a nutshell.

  4. Duran says:

    I think we should built a Kendall Wall similar to the Berlin Wall around the suburb and let them figure out for themselves. If the county was smart, they should just move the money elsewhere. When the rest of the county gets a wonderful public transportation system, Kendall will be choking itself while waiting in traffic jams. Yea, no one rides the Metrorail, that’s why at rush hour I am squeezed by imaginary people on to the car.

  5. KidBass says:

    This is the Miami mentality that I can’t stand. Usually everything takes double or tripple the amount of time to get built in Miami. I highly doubt that I will live here long enough to see any major improvements in the public transportation.

  6. Dave says:

    The CSX Route wouldn’t really be all that useful. It sticks solely to sparse single family areas and industrial zones. A line running down Kendall all the way to at least 147th Ave would be far more used. A line that only went to 97th ave would basically be a total waste as the area between the palmetto and 97th ave is the least populated area of Kendall. A decent lrt line running down Kendall could have stops at Dadeland, Baptist (87th Ave), 107th Ave (huge retail center), 117th/122nd Ave (huge retail centers on each side of the turnpike), 137th Ave (huge retail center) and then maybe a termination around 147 or 152nd or so.

  7. Anonymous says:

    “Nobody ever rides Metrofail. We don’t need another completely empty train running through our community. Look what it has done to the Dadeland Area; do we want that sort of thing near our neighborhoods?”

    This has to be the funniest thing I have seen written in a long time. Lets look INDEED at what Metrorail has done for Dadeland. Caused it’s property values to skyrocket and have its core redeveloped. Meanwhile Kendhell wonders why it stagnates and no one trendy wants to move in and rejuvenate it.

  8. Anonymous says:

    There are so many places that need real transit solutions, and while I lived in the Kendall area for several years and definitely hated sitting in traffic. I like the Kendall drive approach going out to 147th Ave because it would allow an option to the people in this entire area.
    I would also like to see lines going out through Little Havana.

  9. Michael Calderin says:

    The moral of the story is that South Florida needs a comprehensive transportation plan.

    The Kendall area in particular suffers horrible congestion, but without a comprehensive plan that incorporates both roadways and mass transit. We can’t deny the driving culture of our community, nor can we ignore the benefits transit will offer our future.

  10. The suburban dream may be dead but many just dont know it yet says:

    Listen don’t be so harsh on the people of Kendall, they were sold something that we can no longer afford. Their cars are too big, their house too inefficient, they eat too much, work too much, pay too much for health care, have no social amenities, no sense of community, don’t exercise, barley have time to play with their kids before they must go to bed and get up tomorrow, they live to work and watch stupid TV. The world is changing. Oil is 80 USD a barrow, China and India need our oil, soon no one will want those inefficient Kendall dream homes. The CSX line is not about mass transit it is about growth outside of the UDB. Fine, all great cities are the products of corruption, greed but these people are just pawns in the larger game of poor planning and development. They may not know what is good for them, and they may not know why traffic is so bad but they need to their resentment is the result of being sold an “American Dream” that no one in the world can afford to live anymore. What we need to do is focus on education efforts, when it becomes clear that using a bike or mass transit is actually faster than driving a car then people will see things differently.

  11. Robert says:

    As a resident of Kendall, I can say that some of the comments trashing Kendall are a bit over the top. Congested? Sure, but name one part of Miami that ISN’T? Schools are better than most of the rest of the county, too. That’s a big reason so many people choose to live there.

    Focusing on transportation and the KCC, it’s a minority of Kendall residents (Ed Levinson and his well-heeled friends) that are hijacking the whole initiative. Sadly, Kendall is no different from the rest of South Florida in that respect.

    Ironically, I’m not a big fan of the CSX proposal as it’s not as cost effective as the other plans. The ideal proposal in my view is the Metrorail expansion. More expensive, yes, but you’ll get many more riders than with the CSX light rail.

    The dedicated bus lanes I think would work as well. I remember how the Miami NIMBY types trashed the US 1 Busway years back, but ridership continues to increase and an expansion southward has been completed. I also can’t help but notice the buses along Killian Drive packed with riders both in the morning and evenings. The 104 route is probably the best bus route in Kendall, it takes you right to the Dadeland North Metrorail station.

    Give Kendall better mass transit, and they will use it. Guaranteed.

  12. Steven says:

    The problem with giving them better mass transit is there is such a large NIMBY force against it.

    At one of the meetings discussing the Kendall Link project, the options presented included a busway down the center or Kendall Drive or a Metrorail extention down Kendall drive. The busway concept was flawed in that it was right in the center of the roadway as the best alternative and would eliminate left turns except for at major intersections. The residents were not all that pleased with that concept, especially when they heard of the potential delays caused by the elimination of a majority of the left turn lanes as well as the elimination of the median and at least one lane of traffic in each direction.

    The proposal to build a metrorail line was met negatively because of aesthetic reasons primarilly, followed by possible noise, and then by the potential effect to property values.

    Ultimately, none of the reasons for the metrorail line to not be built are valid in my opinion. While the cost is significantly more, the ridership is rediculously higher.

    The final solution ended up being a reversable bus lane down the center of Kendall that would run Eastbound in the morning and Westbound at night with the busses moving in the opposite direction maintaining their place in standard traffic. The stations would all still be located in the median.

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