railcar_demontration_web.jpgMIAMI-DADE — Officials and residents from around Miami-Dade hopped onboard a Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) railcar on Wednesday, July 18, experiencing what Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Joe A. Martinez hopes will be a new public transit option in South Florida.

Martinez organized a demonstration ride along the Florida East Corridor (FEC) from Downtown Miami to North Miami so riders could test the railcars.

The DMU project seeks to utilize existing freight railroad lines to provide commuter rail service to different areas of the county and alleviate roadway congestion.

Since 2002 Martinez has pushed for the county to upgrade its existing rail system by providing a link from Florida City to Miami’s airports. He has proposed a line that would run from the Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, passing through high traffic areas around Zoo Miami, the Snapper Creek rest area of the Florida Turnpike, and Miami-Dade College’s Kendall campus, all the way to Tri-Rail's Miami Airport station.

For more information contact Commissioner Martinez’s office at 305-375-5511.