Letters to the Editor

Take public transit, at least for a single day

Airport passengers and commuters board the MIA Metrorail at the airport, the end of a 2.4-mile extension that is the lone expansion of the rail system since Miami-Dade voters agreed to a special transit sales tax in 2002.
Airport passengers and commuters board the MIA Metrorail at the airport, the end of a 2.4-mile extension that is the lone expansion of the rail system since Miami-Dade voters agreed to a special transit sales tax in 2002. cmguerrero@elnuevoherald.com

Alleviating congestion for Miami-Dade County residents continues to top the list of priorities for county commissioners and Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

And how could it not?

A 2015 Miami Herald article put the cost of traffic congestion at almost $100 million per year, not to mention the other impacts on equity, opportunity, and resilience.

Elected leaders and transportation planners have been put to task and they are stepping up.

Recently, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez and CITT Director Charles Scurr held a “sunshine” meeting to discuss financing options that could make TriRail Coastal Link a reality while the SMART Plan continues to progress as one of the county’s highest priorities.

The truth is, real progress is costly, loud, and makes things worse before it gets better.

We all say we want better transit, but if we want substantial improvements, our leaders need to invest seriously.

And they need to feel the wind of the community on their backs to sustain the leadership necessary to make big change.

That’s the impetus behind Public Transit Day, our region’s first day of action where locals and leaders are asked to ride public transit together on Dec. 9.

Join the 40 elected leaders, including Mayor Gimenez, and several hundred locals who have taken the pledge to participate, engage with our system, understand its strengths and needs and demonstrate a commitment to a stronger Miami for all.

Ride public transit on Dec. 9 (and every day, if you can).

Participate in the community dialogue using #publictransitday and encourage local leaders to keep prioritizing transit.

Marta Viciedo,

founding partner,

Urban Impact Lab,

Miami

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey,

CEO of Radical Partners,

Miami

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