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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Is there enough public transportation in the Grove?

A view from the trolley

The City's Department of Resilience & Public Works has a trolley survey. You can take it here.

It's not much of a survey and doesn't address major concerns, they ask things like whether the drivers are polite or if the trolleys are clean.

One major issue is that the routes have changed and the Brickell Trolley now comes into the Grove, which sort of is inconvenient for North Grove riders because now they have to take two trolleys to get to Center Grove and beyond.

In the past, there was the route from Mercy Hospital, where you would get on and be taken to all points Grove. Now that route drops you off at City Hall, so whereas you had to wait for one trolley, now you have to wait for two, which does take a bit of time.

Then there is Freebee, but even they are not run to my liking.

I know, I know, beggars can't be choosers. I'm complaining about free services. But I do take Uber more often and have basically given up on the trolley and Freebee. I think with Freebee, the problem is that there aren't enough cars. In the Grove the BID pays for the service, so we only get what they can afford. But I think it is incumbent upon Freebee to provide a proper service and not half-assed as it is run now.

If the Grove has 30,000 residents and maybe 10,000 visitors in a particular day, how can they expect three or four Freebees to service all these people?

I also noticed that the Freebee drivers hog rides. What I mean is that if you summon a Freebee and a driver responds, they could be 35 minutes away. Another driver could be one minute away, but the driver that is hogging the rides grabs the ride anyway and makes you wait.

I've witnessed it many times. While I'm waiting for my ride, which is 35 minutes way, two or three Freebees pass me by.

I guess we are a private car society and will always be until mass transportation can figure it out.  It's either your own car or Uber. One thing new with Uber are driverless cars. The Florida Legislature just legalized them


Maybe I'll just start taking a scooter around town.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree on your assessment of Freebee. It’s an interesting idea but pretty much worthless as a means of normal transportation. I’ve tried a few times to hail one from Center Grove and haven’t had much luck. It seems more of a novelty than a mode of transport.

May 11, 2019 8:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree anon 8:32 "normal transportation". The fact is there's to many people on our spaceship earth. This freebee trans is but a knee jerk response by BID to those who bemoan the old Grove and empty store fronts and do not contribute to local business like some millionaire & his wife who'll wait in line for two hours to get a free $14.00 turkey. Every train, airplane, car, truck, boat, motorcycle, lawn mower, weed eater & leaf blower is a heater helping to melt the ice caps. Humans will go extinct before they abandon all their fossil burning heaters. The fact is our Grove is a pleasant place to be. Fresh air directly off a clean, clear Atlantic Ocean, tree lined streets, fire dept/medical/ambulance/hospitals, wild peacocks, a ton of young married couples pushing baby carriages, people walking dogs, Biscayne Bay/sunrise/sunsets, marinas, shopping, eateries, tennis courts, and Hank & his wonderful wife slowing traffic down. Hold the freebees, I'll walk. Jobie Steppe

May 11, 2019 11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHAT DID THEY EXPECT TO HAPPEN WHEN THEY OVERBUILT THE GROVE?????
WE NEED FAR MORE SERVICES AND SOON OR THIS PLACE WILL GRIND TO A HALT WITH TRAFFIC!!!!

May 12, 2019 2:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You got that right anon 2:03 AM, with spades (whatever the hell that means). It took two years of $158.00, per ticket, for all drivers who blocked U.S. # 1, moving North in the AM & South in the P.M., at 17th, 22'd, 27th, 32'd 37th Avenues learned not to. AND in spite of the fact they gained nothing, no forward movement. Presently, and I'm not referring to rude drivers, traffic is backed up on the same avenues referenced above leading to U.S. # 1. Although it does seem logical to allow condo development every where along U.S. # 1, and all through fares leading to U.S. # 1, it does seem short sighted, BUT!? It's very difficult to coordinate a community such as Miami, Dade County, Florida U.S.A.. I sure wouldn't want to do it. Some how, and I don't know how, I simply willed myself to have patience with all the short comings to avoid the stress.

May 12, 2019 11:53 AM  

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