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SFRTA/South Florida Regional Transportation Authority Meeting

01 Apr 2015 5:10 PM | Stephen Sayles (Administrator)

Michael Smith was able to attend a SFRTA meeting on March 27th so I wanted to post some of his comments:

Mr. Bruno Barriero of Miami-Dade Commission District Five, was late. Others on the SFTRA board that oversees Tri-Rail kidded him about it, asking if he was late due to the festivals.  He answered yes, that the celebrations upon the 100th anniversary of Miami Beach were concluded late into the previous evening, but denied that he had attended the Ultra party, which included blocking downtown Miami streets.

There was discussion regarding the future Tri-Rail Coastal Link on FEC tracks. 

Boca Raton officials also made a presentation detailing their existing and future shuttle system. It was stated that the Yamato Road Boca Station has the highest  passenger volume on the Tri-Rail line due to their shuttles to destinations in Boca and FAU - Florida Atlantic University.

Some items on the SFTRA agenda included:

#R2,$2.4 million for design engineering of MIC capacity improvements (This may cover Tri-Rail entry to the MIC at Miami Airport; not sure about Amtrak.).

#R6, design changes so the WAVE streetcar coaches are able to couple automatically.

By vote the board approved the design changes. However, if money is not forthcoming from the state or Feds, the plan changes will go to the trash (Extra cash bonus time for the design engineers?).

Finally, it was made known that a ribbon-cutting would take place on April9, 2015 at the MIC - Miami Intermodal Center. All the major transport  politicos are invited to be there. It is South Florida's response to the national "Stand Up for Transportation Day", sponsored by APTA - American Public Transit Association. This is a push for Congress to fully fund transportation projects (Unfortunately, it throws much more money to tollways than to passenger rail.).  

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