Commissioner Levine Cava votes against using public funds for private rail
MIAMI-DADE – At a special Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners meeting on Friday, October 11, Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava voted against a proposal to use taxpayer dollars to expand for-profit rail into Aventura.
The proposal, which ultimately passed, will pay $76 million from the Miami-Dade County budget to for-profit company Brightline (now owned by Virgin) to build a rail station connected to Aventura Mall.
“The proposal before us today to purchase land and build a rail station in Aventura was hastily put together, and left us with more questions than answers on how this project will move residents from cars to a train,” said Commissioner Levine Cava. “More troubling is the high ticket price that leaves too many priced out from using this option – counter to the mission of connecting our residents to accessible transit.
We face a real affordability crisis in our community and we need to leverage our limited resources to achieve a win-win for residents. Unfortunately, the proposal before us today fell short of that. I was prepared to support the land purchase and put the County into a better position to negotiate lower fares for riders and a stronger deal for taxpayers. I will continue the fight for accessible transit and affordable rail mobility for all residents because we need real solutions now.”