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Monday, July 25, 2016

First World problems

Sent in by a reader:

I think the Grove trolley is a great addition to the Grove. On these scalding hot summer days, it takes me practically straight home from 24 hr fitness to my home about a mile away in the Grove. For free too! Awesome AC, never crowded, super clean, and not bumpy like many of the Gables and Brickell trolleys! 

However, my issue with the Grove trolley is its signs. Instead of having normal signs on a pole like Miami Metrobus stops, Brickell trolley stops, and Gables trolley stops, the grove trolley stops are indicated by only a small painted circle on the sidewalk. You literally have to be walking with your head down staring at the sidewalk to find them. And they are nearly impossible to see when it's dark out. This is perhaps the dumbest type of sign I've ever seen. What gives? Why can't we get normal, visible signs on a pole?

I went and checked and did see a sign out on Douglas, near Virginia. It is not a colorful sign like the Coral Gables trolley has, but I don't think the signs are that important because I believe the trolley will stop like a taxi, by you just putting your arm out. I've done this and they have stopped for me, so while there are trolley stops, you can wave them down whenever you would like. I've done it with the City of Miami trolley in the Grove and the City of Miami trolley in Wynwood. 

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a fundamental problem with bus stops across Miami. We have very hot seasons and very rainy seasons as well and bus shelters are not adequate or lacking any comfort and safety features. Bus shelters need to be cooled and safe from lightning strikes in order to attract more commuters. Free Wifi, charging station and security cameras would also be great additions. How about proposing that for District 2 as a start?

July 25, 2016 5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! security cameras, wi-fi, and a charging station in air conditioned bus shelters? Maybe we can add free coffee and magazines too.

July 25, 2016 5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For you unlimited free Cafecito and Espresso to get you jump start to 21st century. Magazine is not necessary in when Wifi is available and a touchscreen interactive information booth would suffice. Anything and everything should be done to increase and expand use of public transportation in our clogged up city.

July 25, 2016 6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's normal human nature to enjoy the ease and comfort of your private vehicles - - - and not consider the consequences of 3/4 billion vehicles, buses, boats, aircraft, AC's and the heat produced by all.

July 25, 2016 8:47 PM  

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