From the Sun Sentinel:

On Sunday, eight Florida state senators, including SunRail foe Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, sent a letter to Senate President Jeff Atwater, R- North Palm Beach, Speaker Larry Cretul, R- Ocala, and Gov. Charlie Crist, urging them to redirect $30 million to Tri-Rail for the next budget year. The seven senators wrote that state intervention is the only possible solution for Tri-Rail, and the Legislature’s failure to fund Tri-Rail “has led to a crisis that threatens thousands of jobs and the futures of families who depend on Tri-Rail on a daily basis.” The letter was signed by Dockery, Sen. Dave Aronberg, D- Greenacres, Sen. Ted Deutch, D- Boca Raton, Sen. Dan Gelber, D- Miami Beach, Sen. Nan Rich, D-Sunrise, Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, Sen. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, and Sen. Fredericka Wilson, D-Miami.
“We intend to work together to establish a dedicated funding source for Tri-Rail’s future. But to achieve that future, we must assure that Tri-Rail can sustain its operations into the next legislative session,” the senators said. If funding for Tri-Rail isn’t approved, Tri-Rail will slash the number of weekday trains from 50 to 30 on Oct. 5, the start of the next budget year. All weekend and holiday service will be eliminated.

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2 Responses to Tri-Rail Still On Life Support

  1. Polo-Go says:

    I think it is unfathomable to witness the stewardship excreted by the politicians upon the constituents of this state. These senators axed thousands of jobs for the sake of rancorous petty revenge (e.g., the axing of a spouse’s ill-conceived project), and now they want to show ‘concern’ about the chain reaction of consequences they have created!

    For Miamians, the one to be concerned with is Sen. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami- one who sold out Tri-Rail for the exchange of political favors up north. It is too bad that the people’s hardships are imposed via the conveniences of the entrusted few.


  2. Polo-Go says:

    Oops- I meant to write ‘exerted’, not the other word! I guess my spell-checker understood what I was really thinking when I wrote the above! Apologies; you may correct the word above if deemed offensive.


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