Keep Tri-Rail on track all the way to downtown Miami

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A transportation link crucial to easing South Florida’s gridlock is in danger of being derailed if the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority — the powerful, but little-known entity that runs Tri-Rail — fails to approve important agreements and give the project its final green light. Needless to say, too stall such an important project would be shortsighted.

In jeopardy is the highly anticipated public/private $48.5 million project to extend the southern route of Tri-Rail’s commuter trains from their final stop in Hialeah to a platform in downtown Miami. They would glide into All Aboard Florida’s Miami Central Station, where commuters could connect with trains and travel, car-free, between Jupiter and downtown Miami.

County officials told the Editorial Board that the project — brought to life two years ago by an impressive coalition of elected officials, among them Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, transportation honchos and community leaders responding to public outcry…

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