Jack Stephens: Dreams of Tri-Rail service to Homestead and Aventura
Though the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority runs Tri-Rail, Jack Stephens isn’t out to compete with local transportation systems and does everything he can to support mobility in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Mr. Stephens’ personal mission of public service aligns with that of the authority. Just as he is driven to public service and integrity, the authority “will support anything that will take cars off the road, reduce congestion and create mobility for all our citizens,” he said.
When negotiating with partners, the biggest challenge is not communication but money, Mr. Stephens said. Though the authority has gotten close, it hasn’t secured dedicated funding for the system but relies on state, federal and county money in addition to ticket revenues.
Miami-Dade transit is in dire need of transportation solutions, Mr. Stephens said, but he’s not worried about rails becoming irrelevant as new technology makes waves. “There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, but it all has to come together to make a system that works for the public,”he said.
Miami Today reporter Gabi Maspons interviewed Mr. Stephens last week.
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