The effort to bring Tri-Rail into downtown Miami, which would be the first major step in initiating the Tri-Rail Coastal Link project (of which we are a huge supporter), is at a critical juncture. This letter is supportive of funding the Tri-Rail extension into downtown Miami. Please copy and paste, or edit as desired, and send to your elected representatives. Primarily it needs to be sent to FDOT Secretary Jim Boxold. email@example.com
I am writing this letter to express my strong support for the Tri-Rail extension onto the Florida East Coast Railway corridor and the utilization of All Aboard Florida’s (AAF) downtown Miami station, MiamiCentral. This new commuter rail service will generate significant benefits to our cities, counties, and the entire region.
As you may know, AAF has started construction on its intercity, express passenger rail system and MiamiCentral station. It is vital that we act now and approve a funding source so Tri-Rail can implement its service and construct the necessary infrastructure needed to integrate in MiamiCentral. Failing to do so will result in missing an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect these two transit systems in our downtown and create a multi-modal hub that links with our existing Metrorail, Metromover and bus systems.
AAF is contributing significant value by providing access to its corridor, contributing land for the station and providing, at its expense, construction management services for the additional Tri-Rail improvements. The Tri-Rail extension will allow Tri-Rail to expand its service in conjunction with the delivery of AAF passenger service to MiamiCentral. If Tri-Rail, in the future, had to build its own downtown station it would cost significantly more to construct, would probably not have a seamless connection to all the other transportation systems, and land would be bought at a premium.
The Tri-Rail extension project leverages private investment in the Florida East Coast rail corridor and is the first step to reconnect the highly productive cities and towns that originally developed around the private rail investment made by Henry Flagler. It is estimated to bring 2,000 to 4,000 new passengers into downtown Miami every day and to serve as the first major step to getting Tri Rail Coastal Link running, which will provide enormous economic development benefits to the region.
Major infrastructure projects, like the Tri-Rail extension, require the cooperation and long-term vision of leaders like you, and I urge you to see the tremendous benefits and impacts this transformational project will realize.
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