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8 things we learned from you about that public transit grind

We followed Miami Beach City Commissioner Kristen Rosen-Gonzalez on #PublicTransitDay from her home on Alton Road to Gov. Rick Scott’s press briefing at The Betsy Hotel.

A few standout moments: our bus broke down, Commissioner Gonzalez had to make an outfit change, and there was a lot of running and sweating. And it’s safe to say she learned a thing or two about that public transit grind.

You all also had a lot to share with us after seeing the video. Here’s what we learned by tuning in. What else should we know?

First off, the buses break down. A lot.

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We used to have a pretty ballin’ transportation system way back when. These days, there are some things being done to improve the countywide bus system like introducing Bus Rapid Transit and adding a fleet of 43 new busses. But if you’re anti-bus altogether, trolleys are an alternate option as Commissioner Rosen Gonzalez discovered.

There were a few challenges for elected officials to ride mass transit more.

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It might even give them a few ideas, like Ralph Rosado found when he did the 30 day public transit challenge. 

And more than a few revelations about who ACTUALLY uses transit.

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You stressed that the only way to gather real insight about the public transit system is by experiencing it.

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It’s what L.A.’s transportation director, Seleta Reynolds found out, too.

Also some terrifying thought experiments.

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How about some shade? At least the busses, trains, and trolleys have A/C.

Overall, seems like you all want to see people doing more than just TALKING about reforming our mass transit system and actually doing something about it.

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And some leaders are. The SMART plan means Miami’s about to get six new lines of rail.  In terms of traffic, MDT and Waze partnered up to make our signals a bit smarter. Maybe soon we’ll finally get more of those bike lanes we’ve been longing for!

And you love happy endings (she made it to the meeting in time)

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