Tax the Tourists for Transit

Florida Lawmakers are coming up with a great plan to have tourists subsidize mass transportation projects in south Florida by a new $2 per day tax on all rental vehicles. We believe this is a great idea, which will in the end help us all, including the tourist sector. The measure would have to be approved by Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach voters in next November’s elections. Approximately $42 million can be raised annually and will be used to gain further federal funding for the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA, which manages Tri-Rail.) Future plans could include a rail link between the three airports, commuter rail along the FEC corridor, or some Light Rail Transit Opportunities.
This is a win-win for all residents. Any of the options listed above would spur vast economic growth along the rail lines. We would see more Transit Oriented Development occur where we need it most and would see a greater amount of our residents relying on public transportation. This sentiment isn’t shared by all however, some Broward NIMBY’s (not in my backyard) are already challenging measures to bring commuter trains to the FEC corridor. With gas at $3 per gallon, I don’t know too many people who would like to sit idling on I-95 for hours everyday, why not consider alternatives people!
The next SFRTA meeting is set for Wednesday night at the Gwen Margolis Community Center in North Miami…

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