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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2018 7:12 pm

I would suggest to run rail any farther southward past 152 Street would be a

economic disaster as the South Dade county's populous is more there, than along the corridor southward.

Our county mayor states our recommendation for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) would be ideal for the South Corridor, but why not extend the rail to 152 St at a much less cost than a 20 mile rail to Fla City. Are we being fair to other "more populated" areas of the county that would like rail to their ommunities?

I don't think so! The BRT could function well from 152 Street southward as a

terminal could be constructed on county owned property ---part of the golf course.

On the funding issue of such a costly project, we must realize the current Federal Transit Administration's Capital Investment Grant Program is a highly competitive program that receives five times more funding requests than available dollars annually. Only projects with the best ridership projections, cost effectiveness and future development potential succeed in obtaining federal funding. We must register for this funding which is due in September. Leaders--Don't Delay!

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