Comments on: Get on track to battle Miami-Dade’s Economic Enemy #1 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/04/30/get-track-battle-miami-dades-economic-enemy-1/ The Newspaper for the Future of Miami Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:10:41 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 By: Darrell http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/04/30/get-track-battle-miami-dades-economic-enemy-1/#comment-3355 Sun, 04 May 2014 14:18:48 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=21933#comment-3355 I agree. Traffic is the biggest issue facing Miami. I often feel that our local government has limited vision in handling this. Every time there is a money grab from the federal government, the solution is to widen the highway. That is not a long term solution.

Great cities have traffic, but they have solutions for that traffic. What makes those cities great (NYC, London, etc) is that their public transportation connects all their communities. It’s near impossible to get from south or southwest Dade to downtown Miami area with public transportation. You must take hours of bus connections just to make it, and that is not feasible for the everyday employee. They need rail extensions that connect all the communities. Whether it be metrorail, or something else. They can begin by following the highways, then extending to some main streets. This would connect Miami to all its communities. Then it would be a truly great city. One where people are easily connected to all of the arenas, art centers, and businesses.

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By: DC Copeland http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/04/30/get-track-battle-miami-dades-economic-enemy-1/#comment-3318 Fri, 02 May 2014 00:11:31 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=21933#comment-3318 Mr. Lewis, I feel for you getting trapped in that traffic jam near the AAA. It’s no fun. However, your suggestion that streetcars might help isn’t the answer. Anything on the grid gets stopped if the traffic jams– especially for light rail if traffic is stopped on the tracks. The only real salvation is to bury or raise the transit solution. Subways are most effective in the largest most congested cities but at today’s construction costs and considering our high water table, that becomes problematic and not in the budget. That’s why MetroRail and MetroMover are above the street. May I suggest that our mayors drop their idea that light rail is the answer (for BayLink) and consider any solution that mitigates traffic gridlock by putting it above the madding crowd below. For me, that’s a Disney-style monorail which has more than proven its effectiveness for over 40 years in Florida. A visionary public/private venture could make that a reality.

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By: Holger http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/04/30/get-track-battle-miami-dades-economic-enemy-1/#comment-3313 Thu, 01 May 2014 15:20:36 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=21933#comment-3313 I agree with Mr. Levin, one thing I may add is to make the City more pedestrian friendly and create more bike lanes and invest in parks and recreation.
Its called sustained development. All the highrises are fine and good, would be nice to sit down in a (shady) park to have a (business) lunch or simply enjoy an evening stroll and perhaps listen to a (Jazz) band. Great cities do have a well thought out transportation infrastructure, I lived or visited in some of them, so look at Munich, London, New York and others.

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By: Fernando Cabrera http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/04/30/get-track-battle-miami-dades-economic-enemy-1/#comment-3300 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:44:19 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=21933#comment-3300 I often read Mr. Lewis’ opion column. Half the time I find myself shaking my head and the other half the time I completely disagree. However I keep coming back because A) Mr. Lewis is a great writter and B) he defends his strong opinions with well constructed arguments. In this column I neither shake my head nor disagree we need to expand the rail ssytem both south and west in the county (initially). Make more of the county accessible through a larger rail system and we will all benefit.

Kudos for a well argued column.

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