Re the May 12 article, Metrorail at 30 — The long haul: Metrorail is still a failure based on any reasonable economic measure. My projection of a 50,000 ridership in 1978, as chairman of STOP, based on 20.5 miles of track was on the money. The overpaid consultants disingenuously projected the inflated figure of 200,000 to get federal dollars and votes at the ballot box.
In the late 1980's, the ridership of Metrorail was inflated by forcing bus riders into the trains in the downtown area. Meanwhile, bus ridership is at least three times the Metrorail ridership, but is treated as the stepchild of Miami-Dade's mass transit system.
In 1999, a one-half cent sales tax was passed with the promise to extend the Metrorail line north to the county line.
This never happened and will never happen because that money is needed to keep the existing trains running on an abbreviated transit system.
Richard N. Friedman, Miami