TRENDING TOPIC FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 25TH: Improving transportation remains a priority for Miami-Dade County leaders. We leave you with an interesting perspective from someone who took advantage of public transportation for 30 days to move around Miami-Dade County.
COUNTY UPDATE: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez gave Jose Alfonso Almora a county update, on “A esta hora con Almora” on WQBA 1140AM.
Almora initially focused on job growth in Miami-Dade, asking Mayor Gimenez about recent statistics. The mayor explained the county’s effort to generate more jobs in Miami-Dade. “Since 2011 we have added more than 150,000 jobs. We have led when it comes to job creation in the State of Florida, and the state is either number one or two when it comes to job creation in the private sector. We are always focused on finding ways of generating work opportunities, which is how we were able to lower the unemployment rate from almost 12 percent to under six percent during the last four years. We are moving in a positive direction.” Gimenez explained there are “certain areas in Miami-Dade where there is poverty. We are addressing this important issue with different community-oriented programs. One of them is Employ Miami-Dade, which focuses on connecting employers with potential workers, providing training for our residents to enter the workforce and making sure our residents are considered first for local jobs.” Gimenez also mentioned partnerships to diversify the County’s economy, and bringing more technology and start-up companies to Miami-Dade. Almora highlighted the fact that there are people moving to the county from all over the country and Latin America. Gimenez commented, “we had a big wave of new residents coming here and injecting money into our economy. Many come to live here and open up new businesses. We are focused on bringing private investments that will help our residents by creating employment opportunities.” Mayor Gimenez also took calls from listeners and answered their questions and concerns.
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30 DAYS OF TRANSIT IN MIAMI: Yoly Cuello spoke with community leader Ralph Rosado about his “30 Days of Transit Challenge” on her show, “Noticias del Mediodia” on Caracol 1260AM.
Rosado explained that his challenge consisted of him using public transportation to move around Miami for the month of April. “It went really well. I spent the month of April riding the bus, trolley, walking or riding my bike. Basically using any transportation method rather than driving my car. I realized that there are many aspects that function a lot better than I expected, but there are many things that can be improved.” He discussed some of his observations. “The most basic need is getting to the actual mean of public transportation. One of the main problems I saw was getting to the stop where you can take mass transit, and issues with the waiting area for the buses or trolleys. We also need to improve our sidewalks. There are some areas that still don’t have sidewalks, and we see people in wheelchairs or using walking sticks trying to cross the street in parts of Miami where there is high traffic.” Cuello mentioned the difficulty in getting from one area to another, and the need to have new means of mass transportation. Rosado focused on his conclusions, including how “although public transportation took a longer time to get to his destination than taking his car, there is a huge economic advantage. It is much cheaper than using a car everyday and paying for gas and auto insurance. Another positive I saw is that most of these buses or trolleys have WiFi. You can work on your phone or tablet, and you don’t have to waste time driving. In most cases it would leave me close to the location where I wanted to go and there is no need to worry about spending money on parking in different buildings.” Rosado concluded, “if more people used public transportation, there would be less cars on the highways and less traffic, so we can get to work and home faster to spend more time with family and also save money.”