- This project could turn into another "Big Dig"
- Charging shippers tolls to pay for the $1.2 billion tunnel could drive them out of the Port of Miami and into the open arms of its chief rival, Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale
- Consider using the existing but under utilized train tracks in the wee hours of the morning to get the shipping containers out of the port.
The main argument for not using the existing rail line at the port is that only about 11% of it heads north-- "not enough to make a rail option economically feasible," according to port spokesperson Andria Muniz-Amador.
We say: Hogwash!
Whatever it costs, using the rail line as proposed will be way cheaper than building a $1.2 BILLION tunnel. To even consider such a plan reeks of madness!UpDate (12/13/08): Christmas comes early with the announcement that the tunnel project succumbs to a well-deserved death when the state and Bouygues Travaux Publics can't agree on terms. Hurray!