Dear Gabriel:Per Larry Lebowitz's insightful article about the latest "only in Miami" controversy, around the North corridor of the extension of the Metrorail, something the Herald neglected to mention when discussing the issue of the U-M's move to Chez Huizenga, and your good take on the situation which I read just a few minutes ago, http://www.transitmiami.com/2007/11/could-north-corridor-be-threatened-by.html"MIA got luggage carts when?" is going to be my new generic response to how things can be the way they are in South Florida.For instance, the Herald suddenly discovering that there are no general interest bookstores within the City of Miami city limits.Luggage carts at MIA? That happened like, what, just 4-5 years ago???When I was still living the Beltway Life up in Arlington, I could get a luggage cart at the Reagan National Airport Metro exit just seconds after going thru the farecard taker.Don't quote me on this, but I think they had luggage carts at Le Bourget Airport in Paris when Lindbergh landed in 1927Come on, you know how long it takes for all the good ideas to finally make their way to Miami!
1. Considering the amount of public back-slapping Broward County engaged in after they finally decided to create the #1 Breeze, an idea that should've been done 10-20 years ago, how is it that less than one week before the service actually began, there were still NOT any printed schedules for the Breeze service available on existing #1 buses, the natural constituency of a new line?Could you possibly sabotage your own efforts any worse?Actually you could, since there were no easily visible symbols of some sort on US-1 in advance, indicating where the small number of stops would be.That was the icing on the Breeze cake for me.As it happens, I spent quite some time investigating this, not only on the phone talking to customer service folks with Broward Transit, but also employing old-fashioned shoe leather, actually walking US-1. You know, the route involved.Trust me, Comm. Gunzburger, whatever you are told by Broward Transit on this matter needs to be completely disregarded, because it could hardly have been more self-evident they didn't know what they were doing.How botched was it?Well, customer service people I spoke to at Broward Transit, just days before the service began, couldn't tell me with any degree of certainty where the stop(s) in Hallandale Beach were to be located.Or, as it turned out, where the ONE stop in Hallandale Beach was.