Florida Governor Charlie Crist for MASS TRANSIT CZAR!
We really like his take charge attitude and think it should be used to get stalled mass transit programs fast tracked. The two that come to mind are:
- Opening a commuter rail between Palm Beach and downtown Miami via the FEC corridor.
- Putting BayLink, our favorite project, on the front burner.
Negotiations are ongoing regarding using the FEC corridor. We think Charlie should step in and and make it happen sooner rather than later. Although voters want some form of a mass transit connection between Miami and Miami Beach (we advocate a monorail), ex-Miami Beach Mayor David Dermer put up such a fight against it, that the plan has been pushed "back to the future," i.e, probably not in our lifetimes. This is wrong. Very wrong. Thanks to Dermer, who forced a second election on the matter, the people had to vote for it twice. We need it now, not tomorrow. Hopefully our "Get 'r done" Governor will turn his attention to both transportation issues and make them a reality before he leaves office. This could be his version of Kennedy getting a man on the moon. It should be a lot easier, right?