Tuesday, December 15, 2009

South Florida Transit

So in my journey to my new job, I have to drive north everyday. Now, I could pay homage to the Florida Turnpike, and the fact that it's TOTALLY worth paying the tolls to avoid traffic. I could preach that until the cows come in. Because ultimately, I abhor 95. I especially hate the cones. If you live in South Florida, you know what I am talking about. The cones divide the interstate for people who don't want to pay the tolls, and instead sit in horrendous traffic, and the people who either carpool, drive a hybrid, or deal with paying a toll that fluctuates based on traffic.

In addition to the fact that I have a real problem with the addition of tolls to 95, which has always been a freeway, I have a problem with the actual cones. Maybe it's because I wear glasses, maybe it's because I'm not used to them, but today I had to take 95 southbound, and driving at night next to the cones makes me really dizzy. It's actually really quite scary, because the light reflects off of them and it distracts me from driving.

Now for my soapbox rant that many have heard over the last few years. In my opinion, we would have been much better off putting the money towards constructing those lanes into making the metro rail a viable option to more people in Miami. If they would build a stop in Doral, North Miami, Miami Beach, West Kendall and Kendall, I think that would be a much better use of taxpayer money, more people would utilize public transportation and it would create jobs. If they went one step ahead and actually connected the Metrorail to the airport where you could connect to the Tri-rail, that would be even more phenomenal. Because one thing I have realized is that many people commute between the tricounty area for work. So why not invest into better public transit. This wouldn't even be as complex as someplace like New York. In actuality it would be very similar to a city like Atlanta. And if people regularly ride the MAARTA, (which I have been on, and it's not bad) they would do the same down here.


Melissa Marie said...

I with you on expanding the metrorail and I hate what they have done with the I-95!!! Drive Safely!!! =)

Christina said...

I'm glad I'm not alone. It's a total waste of money what they are doing!

You drive safely as well! As for me, sticking to the turnpike for now

Jordan said...

Christina, I agree. Connecting at least MIA to the MetroRail system would make sense. Otherwise, it does very little besides connect people who live near Dadeland with downtown.