Among the more notable and praiseworthy highlights of this past Saturdayâ€™s Transportation Summit Community Forum was the commentary made by Mr. Adam Old.
A councilperson for the small Miami-Dade County municipality of the Village of El Portal, and an active member of the recently formed Transit Action Committee (TrAC), Mr. Old was perhaps the only municipal representative at the forum.
He was also one of only a handful of people who sought to redirect the focus of the meeting away from the relatively minor gripes of the transit-riding population regarding issues like rude bus drivers and poorly maintained bus interiors toward the more systemic issues plaguing our poorly coordinated mobility networks.
Some highlights from Mr. Oldâ€™s comments:
“[What the public] is measuring [the Transportation Trustâ€™s] performance on is more mass transit lines. So, I applaud you on the airport link, but weÂ have not seen nearly enough progress on rail. . . . Heavy rail, light rail. . . . Get it going. Get it going. Where are our commissioners? If thereâ€™s not money in the plan, pull it from the municipalities.”
[. . .]
“There should be a line to the beach 10 years ago. There should be a line to the beach 20 years ago.”
[. . .]
“Nobodyâ€™s saying ‘Hey! Transit in Miami sucks! And we need it to be better!â€™ Thatâ€™s what we want. We want more money, and we want you guys [the Transportation Trust] to hold our commissionersâ€™ feet to the fire for that [half-penny sales] tax. If you have to pull it from road widening projects, then pull it. Thatâ€™s what we want.”
Well said, Mr. Old.
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