- Florida is trying to qualify for high-speed rail stimulus money, although success may depend on the fate of Sunrail.
- Tri-Rail service has been saved by taking a page out of the MDT playbook: borrow from maintenance to fund operations. We all know how that ends up.
- EPA to Miami-Dade Rock miners: No thanks. “…the rock pits would destroy wildlife habitat, drain water from adjacent Everglades marshes and potentially degrade water quality in a swath of Northwest Miami-Dade that the industry has dubbed the Lake Belt.”
- MDT is offering transit alerts to Tri-Rail users.
- MDT opened a new Park and Ride facility along the busway in Cutler Bay.
“Effective Sunday, June 14, 2009, more than 60 bus routes will be adjusted” (Miami-Dade transit)
- Lee County is trying to spend its stimulus money as fast as possible. In what seems to be a pattern across the country, transit is losing out to roads mostly because of faulty federal funding rules.
- Congress has agreed to allow transit agencies to use up to 10% of their stimulus funds on operations.
- For those who think turning the busway into a highway is a good idea: New rail lines can spur investment and economic growth. Duh.
- The Herald has a new ‘blog aggregator’ that features local bloggers. Check it out.
- Local Country Club residents protest park and ride lot: “…the lot will cause a dangerous amount of traffic, and resident Alan Rigerman. ”If this is built, there will be deaths.” Lol. So much for community participation.
- Track City of Miami Stimulus spending!
In my post last week regarding the absurd comments on the parking situation in downtown, I somehow skimmed over the rest of the article (likely due to the nausea induced by the aforementioned quotes) and missed even more (I’m going to go ahead and make up my own word to really put this into context) Ridiculaiety… If bad planning and stupid ideas make you ill, you may want to stop reading now:
To expand downtown parking, authority officials are getting creative, exploring the idea of building a park-and-ride garage in Brickell as a joint venture on privately owned land, Mr. Noriega said.
Can’t say I didn’t warn you but let’s analyze, shall we? “…getting creative…” is an obvious disguise for being oblivious to standard urban planning principles, hence why the revolutionary idea has never been considered before; point blank its just plain stupid. Park-and-ride…In Brickell? To serve exactly who? The People who inched on US-1 alongside Metrorail? It certainly can’t serve Brickell residents, no; they have easy access to Metromover already. And forget the Roads and Grove Nimbys; their against everything. Are we building it for the folks who drive from Pinecrest, a town which by the way recently rejected their own Park-and-Ride service which would have more effectively served residents with service to the Busway and Metrorail. No. It’s a “joint venture,” or in laymen’s terms an opportunity for yet another developer to hoodwink the public and for another corrupt official to receive a gratuitous kickback. Nobody, in any right mind, would jump at the opportunity to build a parking lot/garage in Brickell which would serve primarily as a Park-and-Ride lot- Its just not happening…
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