A recent Miami-Dade Transit report says 70% of the agency’s buses have reached their useful life expectancy: 12 years and/or 500,000 miles. Last week The Miami Herald reported that “mechanical problems cause most bus problems, not a lack of staffing.” In the first two months of the budget year, “mechanical issues caused about 95% of the late buses,” The Herald reported, citing the county’s own data.

Miami-Dade Transit workers are furious

We safely move more than 7 million MetroBus, Metrorail and Metromover riders every month. It can be a stressful, unhealthy and dangerous job. Traffic is a nightmare. Service schedules are unrealistic. A percentage of passengers are unhinged, abusive and violent. Making matters worse, Mayor Gimenez seems more interested in denigrating transit workers than coming up with comprehensive solutions to the problems plaguing the system.

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Amazingly, Gimenez also thinks he should get a personal raise of $170,000 – even though blue-collar transit workers have gone more than three years without even a cost-of-living increase.

Enough is enough.

The mayor should stop spouting the ridiculous notion that worker absenteeism is the reason riders are experiencing long waits, delayed trips and unreliable service. In reality, there are not enough railcars or buses, and the equipment we do have regularly breaks down because it’s so damn old. Metrorail’s trains started picking up riders more than 33 years ago – when Ronald Regan was in president.

A recent Miami-Dade Transit report says 70% of the agency’s buses have reached their useful life expectancy: 12 years and/or 500,000 miles. Last week The Miami Herald reported that “mechanical problems cause most bus problems, not a lack of staffing.” In the first two months of the budget year, “mechanical issues caused about 95% of the late buses,” The Herald reported, citing the county’s own data.

If the mayor hopes to avoid a legacy of mass transit misery and worsening traffic, he has a lot to do, including speeding the delivery of new trains and buses. That process has fallen behind schedule. He also has to figure out a way to properly fund the system so he can increase service, instead of imposing more service cuts. He shouldn’t waste time trying to blame workers for the failures of management.

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