A Message from the Executive Director
As we enter the new year, it is timely to reflect on the one that has just passed and look to what’s ahead in the one that has just arrived. A new headquarters, a devastating storm, and progress on providing direct service into downtown Miami, are just a few of the milestones defining 2017.
In February of 2017, the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) finally moved into its new Operations Center adjacent to the Pompano Beach Station. The move has enabled SFRTA to consolidate virtually all of its functions, including operations, dispatching, maintenance and administration into one facility. This has significantly enhanced interdepartmental communications and has enabled the SFRTA to more effectively and efficiently serve its passengers. As part of this project, I am happy to report that the garage adjacent to the station is open for passenger use and we will be having a grand opening for the LEED certified station in March.
Mobilization began in March 2017 to implement a new contract which bundled together the operations, equipment maintenance, station maintenance and dispatch functions. The approximately $500 million dollar contract was awarded through the competitive Request For Proposal (RFP) process to Herzog Transit Services, Inc. By bundling the contract, the SFRTA hopes to achieve greater accountability and efficiencies from its contractor.
The SFRTA survived the effects of Hurricane Irma in September, albeit with significant damage. Although the course of the storm changed and South Florida did not experience the full brunt of its power, the corridor did sustain significant enough damage to cause a one-week service suspension. Fortunately, after removing trees that covered miles of the tracks and the successful restoration of power, Tri-Rail resumed operation to serve the thousands of riders who depend on the system to get them where they need to be every day.
The most exciting development on the horizon is a partnership with All Aboard Florida (AAF) that will provide a one-seat ride into downtown Miami. AAF is helping to defray the cost of Tri-Rail’s part for the new MiamiCentral by generously donating land for the station, as well as amortizing construction costs to the SFRTA’s benefit. Service into Miami is expected to begin sometime within 2018.
With the South Florida economic climate continuing to show improvement, we are continuing to see ridership in excess of 4 million passengers annually. More than 1 million passengers availed themselves of our free connecting shuttle bus service during the past fiscal year. SFRTA continues to operate 50 trains each weekday and 30 trains on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays.
We would like to thank SFRTA’s Governing Board for its direction and support. We also extend our thanks and appreciation to SFRTA’s management and staff for their continued dedication in achieving the Authority’s Goals and Objectives.
I close by wishing you, your family and friends a happy, healthy, and peaceful new year.
Jack L. Stephens
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SFRTA Procurement Department Recipient of Acheievement in Excellence Award
The National Purchasing Institute presented the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority with the 2017 “Achievement in Excellence in Procurement” Award. The award recognizes excellence in procurement and is achieved by those organizations obtaining a high score on a rating of standardized criteria. The criteria are designed to measure innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement, and leadership attributes of the procurement organization.
The award was presented to the SFRTA at the 2017 National Procurement Institute’s Annual Conference.
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