Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez wants to increase transit fares. The working poor is subsidizing the fare for the tens of thousands who ride for free everyday.
Miami-Dade Transit was the first system in the the United States to give totally free fare to seniors. That was even before residents approved the half-penny tax. Those over 65 were promised free Golden Passports, and the county should continue to honor that promise. However, as a bus operator for 27 years, I can say that many passengers under 65 have a Golden Passport and dependents of those with a Golden Passport also ride for free, regardless of their age and health. That was not what the public voted for.
Federal regulation only requires a 50 percent discount for seniors, the disabled and grade school students. Fare increases will mostly fall on the shoulders of the working poor who are already struggling financially.
Floreal de la Garza, Miami
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