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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Managed lanes: Broward MPO & FHA up to patronizing mischief on Thursday that'll cost you $$$ to drive on primary roads -the ones YOU already paid for

My answer to the Broward MPO's outlandish proposal to consider charging me and other Broward taxpayers and visitors to use roads that taxpayers have already paid for, is to call their bluff and to instruct them to make the first experimental pay roads in the area, Andrews Avenue and Las Olas Blvd. in downtown Fort Lauderdale, roads with businesses where elected officials, lobbyists and mouthpieces congregate, even while tourists stay away in droves.

To quote Matt Damon as Will in Goodwill Hunting,
"How do you like those apples?

February 10th Broward MPO agenda at:

http://www.browardmpo.org/mpo/tpi01507.pdf

***TIME CERTAIN – 11:00AM – MPO MANAGED LANES REGIONAL BRIEFING***

I guess they put that in red on the website so that members of South Florida's news media, esp. those with a penchant for showing-up late, will know what's going down and when.
(Unlike the Hallandale Beach City Commission meetings where time certain items rarely come up on time and the meetings just go on forever and ever...)


Later that same day,
the Broward MPO and the Federal Highway Administration are hosting a workshop on expanding toll lanes to Broward County’s arterial roads.
You know, the roads that you use most?

Since space is limited, of course, you need to RSVP to attend the workshop, which is scheduled to go from 1:30-5 p.m. at the Broward MPO Board Room, Trade Centre South, 100 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 850, Fort Lauderdale.

This is right next to the Cypress Creek Tri-Rail station.

Christopher Ryan of Broward MPO is the contact person: (954) 876-0036 or ryanc@browardmpo.org


Look at this video produced for the Broward MPO's on the 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan. http://www.youtube.com/user/jacobsproductions1


Their homepage is at
http://www.browardmpo.org/mpo/2035lrtp/index.html

Do you see any 2009 PUBLIC meetings scheduled in Hollywood or Hallandale Beach?
No, there weren't ANY in all of southeast Broward County.

Check for yourself on the website above and you'll see that I'm right:
Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Pompano Beach.
Satisfied?

Really, no meetings in southeast Broward County, nothing east of I-95 and south of the
airport, that's your idea of community outreach?

Richard Blattner, a Hollywood City Commissioner, is the current Vice Chair of the Broward MPO. You might want to ask him how it came to be that IF he were doing such a great bang-up job, there not only wasn't a meeting in Hollywood, one of the five biggest cities in the county, but not a single one in SE Broward.

That's NOT exactly my idea of vision, leadership or a solid performance on the MPO.

Seems more like he's sleepwalking.

Blattner's
city commission info:
Telephone: (954) 921-3321
Email: rblattner@hollywoodfl.org

http://www.hollywoodfl.org/city_commission/district4.htm

And while you're talking to Blattner, whose transportation expertise and prowess seems to me to be more media-generated than genuine, you might want to ask him whether or not he will actually be around when the City of Hollywood finally has covered bus shelters for riders at Young Circle, instead of slabs, since it's the busiest stop in all of SE Broward.

Looking north on East Young Circle/U.S.-1 in Hollywood, FL, just east of the ArtsPark, at the bus stop at the strip mall owned by Equity One, featuring Publix and Walgreen's. February 5, 2011 photo by South Beach Hoosier.

The ArtsPark at Young Circle was finished four years ago, so what's the big hold-up on getting the appropriate sized shelters that bring in revenue thru advertising and keep mass transit riders out of the rain and sunshine?
That's a reasonable question he and his colleagues should've been asked and forced to answer in public a long time ago!


Looking west on Tyler Street in Hollywood, FL, just northeast of the ArtsPark, at the bus stop north of the strip mall owned by Equity One, featuring Publix and Walgreen's. That's The Radius condo in middle of photo, which has a Starbucks on ground floor.
February 5, 2011 photo by South Beach Hoosier.


Actually, I did ask that question aloud at the County's transportation meeting a few years ago at the Convention Center, the meeting where Broward Commissioner Lois Wexler refererred to me as "the young man in the back" when I got off a litany of self-evident butlargely- ignored transportation problems in Broward, not all of which were the responsibility of BCT.
(Another current transportation problem in SE Broward that is being completely ignored is coming to the blog within the next week to ten days, complete with embarrassing photos.)


This, famously, was the same transportation summit I've written about previously on the blog where Hallandale Beach mayor Joy Cooper came up to me after and started making excuses for why well over 90% of all the bus shelters in Hallandale Beach on the city's three main streets had lights that been out at night for YEARS, as I had told everyone assembled.

Her first response was how much she hated Clear Channel, the advertising company that the city had a contract with that generated revenue for them.

Fix the problem!


It took YEARS, and there are now dozens of them on main roads like U.S.-1 that have been out for 6-9 months, in front of the Steak & Shake restaurant opposite Gulfstream Park, for instance, near the cityline with Aventura.

Where's the public oversight Cooper and her Rubber Stamp Crew are responsible for?

Missing in action!

Well, they've been MIA for so long they are presumed brain dead.


As I said, Blattner is the Vice Chair, but some woman I've never heard of named
Rae Carole Armstrong, the mayor of Plantation, is the MPO Chair.
I don't know her from Eve, but if she has any common sense, she will wise-up in the coming days and realize that this absurd anti-democratic, top-down policy proposal going forward will be a political noose around any and all elected officials on the MPO who vote to approve this.
I will personally work to ensure that.


And Armstrong, personally, better be prepared to answer some tough questions from citizens about costs and why if this group of her's is SO professional, a very big if, why there are barely more than a handful of people in ALL of South Florida who even know about these two Thursday meetings.

A case could be made that the Broward MPO is the single most dysfunctional public policy group in all of South Florida, given their paltry results and public awareness versus their salary costs.


For instance, look at how many people have seen the county's MPO's video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps8U2RuM98c


Really, 156 views in almost 20 months, two of them, me?

That's pathetic and epic failure.
Elsewhere, that's the sort of piss-poor response rate that gets people fired from their jobs.

Nice going geniuses.


I'd love to know how much it costs taxpayers to put this together, since it really gives you some insight into how totally
screwed-up transportation policy is here!

And look at the pathetic In the News section of the 2035 homepage, where you'd expect to find accounts of news stories.
http://www.browardmpo.org/mpo/2035lrtp/inthenews.html

The most recent thing there is from January 23rd, 2009.
That's right, the most recent thing is from over TWO YEARS ago, which means that none of the so-called public meetings ever so much as made a dent in the Miami Herald or Sun-Sentinel news coverage, or local TV stations, because you know that they would have it there if it had seen the light of day in print.
Smells like failure to me.


The MPO has a so-called blog on their web page
http://www.browardmpo.org/mpo/2035lrtp/comments.html Here's what it says:

Post your comments on the Broward MPO 2035 LRTP Blog

The discussion is open to the public and people are able to respond to others comments.
Some topics of discussion include overall Broward County Transportation Issues and innovative transportation solutions.

*Comments posted here are visible to the public.

Guess what happens when you go there to look at the public's questions and comments?
There Are NO Questions or Comments.
What does THAT tell you about what sort of job they're doing?


Here's the list of MPO members along with contact information.
http://publicforum.broward2035lrtp.com/mpo/boardmembers.htm and here's the staffers info, http://publicforum.broward2035lrtp.com/mpo/mpostaff.htm

You might want to consider adding MPO head honcho Greg Stuart as a cc in any of your queries. For more on Greg Stuart and what's been going on with him in charge, see this post of mine from May of 2010, http://hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/brittany-wallman-is-on-top-of-broward.html and this Broward Bulldog piece from September of 2010, one of a series on very curious doings at the Broward MPO,
http://www.browardbulldog.org/2010/09/whistleblower-probes-expose-bad-blood-behind-county-mpo-split/

I will be at the meetings Thursday and you can pretty much guess what I'm going to be talking about.
By the way -
surprise!- there has not been a single mention in the Herald or Sun-Sentinel about Thursday's two meetings.
Or anything on local TV newscasts.


I just double-checked.
As IF I really needed to!

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See also: http://browardnetonline.com/2011/02/fha-to-discu-expre-lane-expansion-on-all-roads-warning/

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the link to my article. I am getting back in the groove of posting, so drop a line with article ideas if you'd like. I agree that Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel have a hard time with real news, especially SS.

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