Time to hammer the nails in that coffin!
By Buddy Nevins
@SFBJRealEstate @FixMetroMDT @transitmiami @SEFTAlt— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) May 8, 2018
MT @Buddynevins #FortLauderdale Mayor #DeanTrantalis Takes Fight Against "The Wave" #Streetcar to #BrowardCounty https://t.co/TzRZVXE48G #SoFL #Broward #transit #transportation
Low bidder for Wave streetcar says city’s vote to withdraw from the rail project was premature and invalid, urges county to wait to hear the contract price. pic.twitter.com/osxiU3JMmL— Brittany Wallman (@BrittanyWallman) May 7, 2018
Will today be the end for Fort Lauderdale's streetcars? https://t.co/8RcGYADb0p— Brittany Wallman (@BrittanyWallman) May 8, 2018
I'll be writing something about these articles and what it represents over the next few days, while also finishing up my big long-promised 2018 blog post re Broward County and its longstanding, myriad transportation problems, something that I've been writing off-and-on for many months, while trying NOT to repeat what I've written in any of the DOZENS of fact-filled blog posts I've penned the past ten years about public transportation.
It wouldn’t be the first time Miamians fell victim to a transit bait-and-switch. Miami-Dade voters in 2002 approved a half-penny transit sales tax that was supposed to pay for a massive Metrorail expansion — one new line would jut out west to Florida International University, while another would connect to the Miami Dolphins’ Sun Life Stadium.
As it turned out, county politicians had promised far more than they could ever deliver in order to win voter support. Making matters worse: a 2008 Miami Herald investigation revealed that the county frittered away much of the sales tax money on raises for the politically powerful Transport Workers Union. A wasteful hiring spree, meanwhile, awarded transit jobs to aides or relatives of at least nine local elected officials.above from: Miami Herald
All aboard! Imaginary Purple Line created to generate interest in mass transit for Miami
By Michael Vasquez
March 08, 2013 07:50 PM
Updated March 08, 2013 09:26 PM
See also http://www.urbanimpactlab.com/purple-line/
Which, of course, explains a lot.
The evidence of their collective failure is all around us in Broward
Their failure to take other groups, agencies and elected officials to task publicly and highlight policies and methods that are counter-productive.
Instead, the Broward MPO is known largely by a sub-niche of people within the political power structure, and as I've tweeted about a few times over the years, is often NOT mentioned in the Miami Herald or the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for years at a time. YEARS.
Despite their stranglehold on policies and seemingly endless resources.
Where's the media oversight and accountability? MIA.
Though I could be wrong, I'm pretty sure I'm the only one of you reading this today to be criticized
But I also believe that Buddy is 100% right about what he writes here, especially about SE Broward taxpayers' collective disinterest in ponying up money for a bad idea that's the wrong plan in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Didn't know until Monday that Broward County would have been responsible for the secretive Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority's share of possible Wave cost over-runs over DDA's agreed-upon share of $3 Million. Why was that? Whose great idea was this?
I will likely be at that Broward County Comm. meeting today at 2 PM, since it could be must-see viewing in-person, as the transit and transportation industry's contractors and lobbyists have so much "riding on" The Wave, and will be happy to break the bank to turn their people out en masse and try to triangulate every county commissioner, however they can.
@SFBJRealEstate @FixMetroMDT @transitmiami @SEFTAlt @shcalvert13 @CGreenbarg #Broward's top electeds wave adios to The Wave #streetcar project in #FTL as @browardinfo votes UNANIMOUSLY vs plan that came to be seen as more #development than #transportation in words of @beamfurr 😊— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) May 8, 2018