Why We Need Tri-Rail into Downtown Miami in 2016
[copied from Friends of Tri-Rail Coastal Link]
The new TriRail Connection at All Aboard Florida’s MiamiCentral would open just in time for drivers to avoid the looming five-year nightmare on I-95 south of Golden Glades.
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 NW 8th and NW 79th streets starting in 2017. The project will take five years, snarling traffic into and out of Downtown Miami until the year 2022.
See: Miami Herald “Rough road ahead: Major I-95 redo project to take 5 years” – 3/16/2015 at http://goo.gl/HhPnDV
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 for Tri-Rail to provide 26 direct trains per 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, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. 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 All Aboard Florida, Metrorail, MetroMover, the Miami-Dade County bus system and Tri-Rail into an intermodal transit center with connections to all parts of Miami-Dade County, South Florida and even the Orlando/Central Florida area.
This project would mark the beginning of Tri-Rail Coastal Link, which would provide commuter rail from Jupiter all the way south to Miami, along the FEC railway tracks. It would be impossible to overstate the importance of Tri-Rail Coastal Link to our region’s future prosperity and mobility.
This may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to propel our public transit system into the 21st Century.
Let’s make this connection!
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
On Thursday, March 26th, the City of Miami City Commission is scheduled to vote on a proposal to negotiate a “financial assistance package” to connect and build a Tri-Rail terminus at All Aboard Florida’s new MiamiCentral Station scheduled to open in 2016.
According to the Miami Herald, Mayor Tomás Regalado says he will “veto any attempt to pay for the project with city money”. Regardless of how you feel on specific funding proposals, it’s important to let the Mayor and Commissioners know how vital this Tri-Rail Connection is.
Send the message that: I support the Tri-Rail Connection to Downtown Miami at the new All Aboard Florida MiamiCentral Station!
Mayor Tomas P. Regalado – email@example.com
Commissioner Wifredo (Willy) Gort (Chairman) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Marc Sarnoff – email@example.com
Commissioner Frank Carollo – firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Francis Suarez – email@example.com
Commissioner Keon Hardemon (Vice Chairman) – KHardemon@miamigov.com
City Manager Daniel J.Alfonso – firstname.lastname@example.org
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