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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Let's get the trolley into Coconut Grove

Someone said something in a comment regarding the trolley service, or lack of it and it dawned on me that lip service isn't going to get us a trolley. Legal action might, but I started a petition instead.
We as City of Miami taxpayers deserve the same city services as other business and arts districts receive in the city. I have been given all sorts of B.S. as to why the Grove doesn't have the trolly. I've been told we have the Circulator, we don't need the trolley. I've been told we don't need a trolley to get from one end of the Grove to the other (the stupidest one since that's not what we want it for), I've been told it will add 8 minutes to the route, that that is too long; I've been told that routes are being tested and those that have little or no riders will be swapped out for other routes. I've been told everything as an excuse.

Businesses and residents in Coconut Grove suffer by being left out of the trolley route.  It's a quality of life issue. It's here in the city already. It is not on tracks or run by electric current above and can be easily rerouted into the village.

Here is what the petition says below. You can go to the actual petition here and sign it.
This petition is to demand free trolley service for the Village of Coconut Grove, the same trolley service that serves the rest of the City of Miami. All business and entertainment districts in the City of Miami benefit by use of the free trolley program. Coconut Grove does not.
We, the undersigned demand that the Village of Coconut Grove receive the same services as the rest of the city. Coconut Grove businesses and residents pay more than their fair share of taxes to the City of Miami and in return, Coconut Grove should receive the same services. Lack of trolley service contributes to lack of business in Coconut Grove. We believe that a free trolley would be a big benefit to the Village.
The trolley now stops at Mercy Hospital, the same Brickell route should be extended from Mercy Hospital, south on S. Bayshore Drive, into Coconut Grove's Central Business District via Mary Street, making stops along the way. The trolley should go up Grand Avenue and possibly turn onto SW 37nd Avenue going toward Coral Gables, where it can and should end up at one or both Coconut Grove Metrorail stations. The trolley should link with the Coral Gables trolley at some point, allowing back and forth traffic between the two towns.
The trolley is a quality of life issue that our taxes pay for. We in Coconut Grove demand the same services as the rest of the City of Miami.

Right now the goal is 1500 signatures, but hopefully we'll get much more. I'll present the petition to the City (the mayor, transportation dept. Commissioner, etc.) after it's end date, April 30, 2014.


You may sign the petition here.

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is great, I hope very one will sign it. I also encourage everyone to sign this petition:

https://www.change.org/petitions/miami-dade-commissioners-vote-for-21st-century-transportation

It's time to bring Miami's taxi industry into the 21st century.

February 25, 2014 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fully agree! Let's also push to get bike lanes and pedestrian sidewalks throughout the Grove. One area that has been woefully neglected is the section of South Bayshore Drive from Hiawatha to Fair Isle. It's like walking the gauntlet! This blog is a great platform to push the City to push the State in addressing this hazard to the public safety.

February 25, 2014 2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think all of us want trollys, Tom. Isn't the real issue that Commissioner Sarnoff has strong opinions of who should enjoy our Nearby Republic, and what, when and how long they should stay?

February 25, 2014 5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why can't the trolley go into the west grove as well? why stop at 32ave? don't those people have rights too? maybe they want to go to village like everybody else.

February 25, 2014 9:42 PM  
Anonymous Ryan S said...

If you want the trolley to connect to the Coral Gables Trolley AND stop at a metro rail station, why not continue down Grand Ave to Douglas Rd. This would also include the folks in the West Grove that have to deal with the consequences of having the Coral Gables trolley garage forced on them. If the garage is to stay, the residents of the West Grove surely deserve access to the service, more than anyone else.

Cheers

February 26, 2014 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1st All readers, please, simply stated, stop beating the dead horse when invoking M. Sarnoff's name as that boat has already left the dock. 2'd who/what better venue than the Grape to coordinate positive projects for our Grove citizens/commnity!?

February 26, 2014 9:49 PM  
Blogger PJ said...

The continued debacle is based on gentrification,continued racist elitist millionaires care little for those most in need.
Poison the people , continue to promote inequality and poverty is unacceptable.

February 27, 2014 2:41 PM  
Anonymous Alexis Maer Taylor said...

I've sent your link to all my Miami/Grove contacts on FB... so far 20 of 200 people have signed it! I'll keep pushing!

February 27, 2014 5:48 PM  

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