Letters to the Editor

Downtown and Tri-Rail

Just when you thought getting into downtown Miami couldn’t get any worse, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announces the most significant I-95 project in Miami-Dade since the installation of toll express lanes.

FDOT plans to replace pavement and make other upgrades between Northwest Eighth and 79th streets starting in 2017.

The project will take five years, snarling traffic into and out of downtown Miami until the year 2022.

South Floridians deserve better — and one solution stands right in front of us: Bring Tri-Rail into downtown Miami at All Aboard Florida’s new MiamiCentral Station in 2016.

The opportunity to provide 26 direct trains each weekday from all points north on the existing Tri-Rail system into downtown Miami could alleviate this nightmare, and it’s critical to the future development of public transit in Miami-Dade, as well.

This is a smart investment in Miami’s transportation and economic future.

It would not only realize Tri-Rail service to downtown Miami, but also integrate that service with All Aboard Florida, Metrorail, MetroMover and the Miami-Dade bus system.

This might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to propel our public transit system into the 21st century.

Terrell N. Fritz, Miami