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  2016
August 26, 2016

SFRTA UNVEILS NEW TRI-RAIL COMMUTER CONNECTOR

At today’s meeting of the Governing Board, the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) unveiled the first of its new Tri-Rail Commuter Connectors. The fleet of 28 new vehicles and 2 refurbished vehicles will replace the existing Tri-Rail shuttle buses. The fleet will consist of 4 heavy-duty 35 foot and 26 medium-duty 35 foot buses and can accommodate up to 50 passengers each. All connectors will be wrapped in Tri-Rail’s iconic color scheme to make them easily identifiable to passengers. They are free for the use of Tri-Rail passengers.

The new vehicles aim to solve the quandary many commuters face of navigating the first and last mile of their ride. According to C. Mikel Oglesby, SFRTA Deputy Executive Director, the new commuter connectors, “will significantly enhance the customers’ experience and are equipped with amenities to ensure that the focus remains on the customer’s safety and comfort.”

Specifically to address safety issues, each connector has a seven-camera system of interior and exterior units providing for the capability of audio and visual recording. The cameras will be able to monitor the activities of passengers and the driver on the bus, as well as any external conditions that might impact the commute. There is real-time tracking built into the Tri-Rail App (Q1 2017) and Wi-Fi will be installed in vehicles in the future.

The new vehicles are designed to provide fixed-route service 365 days a year and offer increased capacity. Airport connectors will have enhanced seating, standing room and luggage capacity. An ADA ramp can be lowered and raised at the push of a button by the driver, allowing for easier wheelchair access or for rolling luggage on-board. The airport connectors were designed to improve passenger flow. There are dual entry and exit doors and a push button system to open and close them. They each contain a 108-inch luggage rack for additional storage space.

Fixed-route connectors will also have increased capacity for passengers. All connectors will be able to accommodate 2 wheelchairs and will have a three-space bike rack. ADA enhancements will make the new connectors more accommodating for persons with disabilities. The operator can remain inside the connector to activate the ADA ramp through push-button automation. The ramp will provide a low floor entry free of curbside steps.

The first new connector will go into service at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Station Labor Day weekend. The entire new fleet will be in service by January 2017. Tri-Rail Connector service is being operated by Keolis under a five year contract with two one-year options which went into effect March 1, 2016. The value of the contract is $39.8 million.


The first new connector will go into service at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Station Labor Day weekend. The entire new fleet will be in service by January 2017. Tri-Rail Connector service is being operated by Keolis under a five year contract with two one-year options which went into effect March 1, 2016. The value of the contract is $39.8 million.






June 24, 2016

SFRTA GOVERNING BOARD ELECTS NEW CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR


Tim Ryan

Broward County Commissioner Tim Ryan was elected chair and Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven L. Abrams was elected vice chair at the June 24 meeting of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority Governing Board.

Commissioner Ryan, a lifelong resident of Broward County, was elected to the Broward County Commission in November 2012 and was elected mayor of the county in November 2014. He represents District 7, which includes the cities of Dania Beach, Lazy Lake, and Wilton Manors, as well as parts of Davie, Fort Lauderdale, and Hollywood, and the Broadview Park neighborhood.

Before his election to the Broward County Commission, he served for eight years in the Florida House of Representatives from 1998-2006 before leaving office due to term limits. During his time in the legislature, Ryan focused on legislative initiatives to protect consumers, improve public education, enhance accountability, and ethical standards for elected officials, and protect our state’s environment and natural resources. Commissioner Ryan follows in a long family tradition of public service to the people of Broward County.


Steven Abrams

Steven L. Abrams has been a member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners since 2009, winning reelection twice. He has the distinction of serving as the first mayor of Palm Beach County in 2013.

Commissioner Abrams has a lengthy record of public service. He is the former mayor of Boca Raton, having been elected in 2001 and reelected in 2003 without opposition. In the 2005 election, he received the most votes in the city’s history and was later named mayor emeritus when he stepped down in 2008 due to term limits. He also served five terms as a Boca Raton council member from 1989 to 1999 and was a member of the city’s Planning and Zoning Board from 1987 to 1989. As mayor of Boca Raton, he came to national attention for his handling of the anthrax attack on the AMI Building, receiving the Distinguished Service Medal from the Israeli National Police in recognition of his leadership during the ordeal.







June 3, 2016

SOUTH FLORIDA REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY DECLARES JUNE 5-11 TRAIN SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) has declared Sunday, June 5 through Saturday, June 11 2015 as Train Safety Awareness Week (TSAW). During that week, volunteers from the railroad industry, as well as law enforcement personnel and emergency responders, will stage an information blitz to educate the public about the laws and rules governing activity around train tracks and grade crossings.

The statistics are grim and chilling. Florida holds the dubious distinction of ranking 3rd in the nation in trespass fatalities. In 2015, the total number of casualties was 53, with 35 of those being fatalities and 18 being injuries. Approximately every three hours, either a vehicle, pedestrian trespasser, or some form of debris is struck by a train in the United States.

During TSAW, law enforcement will be posted at grade crossings, where they will be issuing warnings and citations to drivers and pedestrians who do not adhere to the laws relating to trains and tracks. An additional effort this year will be focused on trespasser prevention, especially in areas along the corridor where trespassing has become a serious safety issue.

Partners on the TSAW project include the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, CSXT, Amtrak, Transdev, Bombardier, G4S Secure Solutions, Operation Lifesaver, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Florida Department of Transportation, law enforcement officials and first responders from throughout the tri-county area.

For more information, call 1-800-TRI-RAIL (874-7245) or log onto www.tri-rail.com.







May 3, 2016

SFRTA LAUNCHES NEW TRAIN TRACKING APP

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) has launched a new train tracking app that will allow passengers to know precisely where their train is and when it will arrive at their station. Using GPS technology, a map will show exactly where all active Tri-Rail trains are located during all hours of operation.

“The ease and availability of the technology was not available a few years ago. We will continue to monitor and advance customer service to new levels,” said C. Mikel Oglesby, SFRTA Deputy Executive Director. “We believe that, if we take modern technology and couple it with good old-fashioned face-to-face customer service we will be providing what the riders have been asking for. They spoke and we listened.”

The Tracker lists the trains that will arrive at the next station, their direction north or south, and the track on which they will be arriving. Customers can also get alerts regarding activity on the system that could possibly impact their commutes. The system is very straightforward and user-friendly. It superimposes the corridor map on top of a Google map, which shows the precise location of the train.

Train tracking information is readily available on the Tri-Rail website, the Tri-Rail app and on the developer’s app, ETA SPOT. This new innovation will enhance the SFRTA’s ability to more effectively communicate with passengers and the general public. For more information, call Customer Service at 1-800-TRI-RAIL (874-7245) or log onto www.tri-rail.com.







April 20, 2016

TRAIN DELAYS POSSIBLE DUE TO CROSSING WORK AT 79TH STREET METRORAIL TRANSFER STATION

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) reports that Tri-Rail trains may experience minor delays beginning Tuesday, April 19 due to preparatory work for the 79th Street crossing rehabilitation. The delays will be especially prevalent during the midday and late evening. The construction will continue through Tuesday, April 26.

On Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, it is possible that only one track will be in use at the Metrorail Transfer Station. Passengers should be aware of track boarding changes and follow boarding directions.

The SFRTA will be closing 79th Street to vehicular traffic from Friday, April 22 at 9:00 p.m. through Tuesday morning, April 26. The closure is necessary to complete the railroad crossing rehabilitation. During that time, pedestrians can cross tracks using the overhead pedestrian bridge at the station. Vehicular traffic will be detoured.

Minor train delays should be anticipated during this phase of work, as well. For additional information, please call Customer Service at 1-800-TRI-RAIL (874-7245) or log onto www.tri-rail.com.







March 14, 2016

TRI-RAIL EXTENDS TRAIN SERVICE HOURS FOR ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL

Tri-Rail has announced that it will offer extended train service every night during Ultra Music Festival, March 18-20 at Bayfront Park in Miami. Attendees for the internationally acclaimed electronic music extravaganza can save money on gas and parking by riding Tri-Rail to and from the event.

“Tri-Rail recognizes the increasing demand for expanded public transportation options among residents and visitors, particularly millennials,” said Bonnie Arnold, public information officer of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA)/Tri-Rail. “Our extended train service for Ultra Music Festival signifies our growing commitment as a safe, convenient way for people to enjoy the best of South Florida.”

Passengers attending Ultra can ride Tri-Rail to the Metrorail Transfer Station and transfer to Metrorail to reach the Government Center Station, then take the free Metromover to the College/Bayside Station. Passengers returning to Tri-Rail from the event can take Metrorail back to the Metrorail Transfer or the Miami Airport Station. The special northbound Tri-Rail train is tentatively scheduled to depart at 1:35 a.m. from the Miami Airport Station after the arrival of the last scheduled Metrorail train.

Event-goers can board a train at any of Tri-Rail’s train stations from West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami with easy connections to get to and from Bayfront Park. The special Tri-Rail train will be available on all three nights of the festival. Friday regular fares are between $2.50 and $11.55 and weekend fares are just $5 all day. To save time and avoid lines, passengers can pre-load their EASY Cards with appropriate stored value to cover their transfers with Metrorail.

To plan your trip to Ultra Music Festival, visit www.tri-rail.com. For more information about Ultra Music Festival, visit www.ultramusicfestival.com.







February 2, 2016

RAIL FUN DAY GENERATES RECORD RIDERSHIP ON TRI-RAIL

More passengers rode Tri-Rail on Saturday, January 30, 2016 than on any other weekend day in the 27-year history of the system. The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA), which operates Tri-Rail, reported that the train carried 8,795 riders on Saturday, many of whom were responding to the annual Rail Fun Day. Now in its 8th year, Rail Fun Day is set aside for families to enjoy fun, food, and festivities. The passenger count represents a 35 percent increase over the average Saturday ridership of 6,498.

“Rail Fun Day continues to be one of the SFRTA’s most eagerly anticipated signature events. It combines the excitement of a train ride with a myriad of activities for families to enjoy together. Every year it just keeps getting bigger and better and of course it helped that Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous winter day,” said Jack Stephens, SFRTA Executive Director.

Tri-Rail, South Florida’s premiere commuter rail system, serves Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties with 18 conveniently located train stations, bus and Metrorail connections, and service 365 days a year. It serves three of the region’s international airports, major employment centers, and institutions of higher education near the rail corridor. For more information about Tri-Rail, log onto www.tri-rail.com or call customer service at 1-800-TRI-RAIL (874-7245.)








  2015
September 10, 2015

BROWARD COUNTY COMMISSION APPOINTS BETH TALABISCO TO SFRTA GOVERNING BOARD

The Broward County Board of County Commissioners has appointed Beth Talabisco to the Governing Board of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) as the County’s business representative. Her term is effective immediately.


Beth Talabisco

Mrs. Talabisco brings more than a decade of public and community service to her responsibilities with the SFRTA. She was mayor of the City of Tamarac from 2006-2014, vice mayor from 2005-2006, and a City Commissioner from 2003-2006.

She has served in leadership capacities with the Broward League of Cities, as Chair of the Broward League of Cities Community Investment/Reinvestment Committee, a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a member of the Florida League of Mayors, and a member of both the national and statewide branches of Women in Municipal Government.

Her professional experience is primarily in personnel and professional staffing. She was the Chief Operating Officer at Beth Norton and Company, Inc., and Vice President of Absolutely Professional Staffing. She was a member of the National Association of Personnel Consultants and was on the Board of Directors for the Association of Personnel Consultants of New York.

A graduate of Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, NY, she also attended the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York, NY and participated in a program sponsored in conjunction with the New School of the Arts.







July 17, 2015

F. MARTIN PERRY AND GERRY O’REILLY RE-APPOINTED TO SFRTA GOVERNING BOARD

F. Martin Perry and Gerry O’Reilly were named to the Governing Board of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA), with their terms beginning July 1, 2015. Mr. Perry was appointed as the business representative to represent Palm Beach County by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Mr. O’Reilly has been named to represent the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) by FDOT Secretary Jim Boxold.


F. Martin Perry

F. Martin Perry previously served on the SFRTA Governing Board beginning in 2008 and continuing until 2012, serving as Governor Scott’s appointee. He is an attorney with Perry & Taylor, P.A. and has extensive experience in commercial litigation, with an emphasis on mechanic’s lien and construction litigation. He also has extensive experience in major real estate transactions and land development, as well as planning, zoning and land-use law. For two years, he served as zoning counsel to Palm Beach County.

Mr. Perry is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Bar Association and the Palm Beach County Bar Association, of which he served as president of the Young Lawyers Section from 1973-1974. He has served on the Palm Beach County Impact Fee Review Committee from 1993-2003, Palm Beach County Convention Center Advisory Committee from 1994-1995 and the Palm Beach County Land Use Advisory Board Policy Development Task Force from 1997-1998.

Active in the community, Mr. Perry serves on the Economic Council of Palm Beach County and is also a “Director for Life” of the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County, Inc., of which he served as president from 1988-1991. Additionally, Mr. Perry is a director of the Law Enforcement Assistance Foundation, as well as of the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania and attended Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. In 1966, he was awarded a Juris Doctor from the School of Law at the University of Miami.


Gerry O'Reilly

Gerry O’Reilly has worked for the FDOT since 1988. He started out in the District Four Design Department rising through the ranks from entry level engineer to District Design Engineer, and on to Director of Transportation Development in 2001. He was instrumental in advancing the $1.8 billion I-595 P3 project which is now open to traffic. On March 2, 2015, Mr. O’Reilly was appointed District Secretary in District Four.

Mr. O’Reilly graduated from University College in Dublin, Ireland with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in 1984 and a Master’s in Engineering Science Degree in 1986. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida and a Chartered Engineer in Ireland. Mr. O’Reilly previously served on the SFRTA Governing Board from February to June of 2008.







March 25, 2015

NEW TRI-RAIL MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT STATION TO OPEN ON APRIL 5

Tri-Rail’s new Miami Airport Station (MIA) will open on Sunday, April 5, 2015, as part of the Miami Central Station at the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC).

With this anticipated historic opening, Tri-Rail passengers will enjoy a seamless and immediate connection to the airport via a short ride on the MIA Mover. Many riders have been anxiously awaiting this announcement as the station had been closed for nearly four years during construction.

Tri-Rail’s schedule will be slightly adjusted to include the additional stop, which will return to being the southernmost station on the 72-mile rail corridor. However, arrival times for the remaining stations will remain the same as in the current Tri-Rail schedule. The only affected times will be noticed at the beginning of the northbound run for trains leaving the Miami Airport Station.

“This is another significant milestone, which is symbolic of our vital role to connect South Florida to the world,” said Commissioner Bruno Barreiro, Chair of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority/Tri-Rail. “Our loyal passengers, plus the thousands of new riders that we anticipate to travel in and out of Miami International Airport, will greatly enjoy this state-of-the art facility that we expect will become an international transit hub of which we can all be proud.”

The MIC’s Miami Central Station is an intermodal facility designed to accommodate several transportation connections. Tri-Rail will join Miami-Dade Transit’s Metrorail and Metrobus service which already have access to the facility, along with the Rental Car Center and taxi service. Anticipated future service includes Amtrak, Greyhound and bicycle lockers.

Click here to view a copy of the new schedule. For additional information, log onto www.tri-rail.com or call 1-800-TRI-RAIL (874-7245).




March 25, 2015

TRI-RAIL TO TEMPORARILY SUSPEND SERVICE SATURDAY EVENING, MARCH 28TH INTO SUNDAY MORNING MARCH 29TH

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) will temporarily suspend Tri-Rail service following the last train of the evening on Saturday, March 28, and will resume service with P666 and P667 as the first trains on Sunday morning, March 29. The suspension is necessary to facilitate the transition of the maintenance and dispatch operations from CSX Transportation (CSXT) to the SFRTA.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our passengers, but the benefits will far outweigh whatever impact this may have on our riders on this one day,” said Executive Director Jack Stephens. “This transition has literally been more than a decade in the making and we are grateful to CSXT and the Florida Department of Transportation for making this vision a reality,” he concluded.

The agreement transfers the responsibility for the South Florida Rail Corridor (SFRC) from CSXT to SFRTA. Responsibilities include dispatching the entire SFRC, maintaining track, stations, layover facilities and maintenance yards. Having control of the movement of Tri-Rail, CSXT and Amtrak trains, will give the agency the ability to resolve incidents while reducing the impact on commuter rail service.

For additional information, please contact Tri-Rail Customer Service at 1-800-TRI-RAIL (874-7245) or log onto www.tri-rail.com.







  2014
August 11, 2014

SFRTA MAKES TRI-RAIL FREE FOR DISABLED VETERANS

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) will allow veterans with disabilities to ride Tri-Rail free of charge starting August 25, 2014. The “Tri-Rail Service Connected Pass” is open to all veterans who present a Service Connected ID card or qualifying documents issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, identifying them as disabled.

Veterans with disabilities who wish to avail themselves of this opportunity must obtain an EASY Card with their photo affixed to it. Veterans may get the card at the West Palm Beach, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport at Dania Beach or Metrorail Transfer stations. Veterans can also request the pass online at www.tri-rail.com.

The SFRTA Governing Board authorized the free pass at a meeting earlier this year, after discussions with the Disabled American Veterans Gold Coast Chapter #133, based in Deerfield Beach. In addressing the Board, Commander Don Carney spoke of how the ability to use the train without charge would especially be of benefit to veterans with disabilities who ride Tri-Rail to access the VA Hospitals in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties. Veterans who are 100 percent disabled and permanent residents of Miami-Dade County can currently ride Miami-Dade Transit for free with the appropriate credentials.




July 1, 2014

SFRTA NAMES RICHARD CHESS DIRECTOR OF FINANCE


Richard Chess

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) has named Richard Chess to the position of Director of Finance, effective July 21, 2014. He brings to the position extensive governmental accounting and management experience. Prior to joining the SFRTA senior management team, Chess served as the Director of Finance and Accounting for the City of College Park, GA, having management responsibility of the Department of Finance and Accounting, Budgeting, Property Tax Division, Purchasing Department and Customer Service Division.

Chess was the Accounting and Tax Audit Director for Scottsdale, AZ, Accounting Manager for Reno, NV and Daytona Beach, FL. Other positions included Auditor for the State of Florida-Office of the Auditor General and Florida Department of Education, Orlando, Florida. In addition, He was also the Accounting Supervisor for the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority.

His experience includes nearly 10 years on Wall Street with regional, national and multinational public accounting firms, among them Samuel, Klein and Company, Newark, NJ; Deloitte and Touche, New York, NY; and Mitchell, Titus and Company, New York, NY. His client base consisted of governmental, nonprofit, quasi private/public companies. He has performed audits on such entities as the Metropolitan Transit Authority, City of New York, Essex County, New Jersey, New York City Traffic Violations Bureau, Hudson County Court System, New Jersey, and American Express Pension Fund.

A Jersey City, NJ native, he is a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans, LA, and holds a Masters Degree from the University of Phoenix (Orlando, FL). He is married and has a daughter.




June 30, 2014

SFRTA ELECTS COMMISSIONER BARREIRO CHAIR AND JAMES CUMMINGS VICE CHAIR

The Governing Board of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) unanimously elected Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro as chair and Broward County businessman, James A. “Jim” Cummings as vice chair at the SFRTA Governing Board Meeting on Friday, June 27, 2014.


Bruno Barreiro

Commissioner Barreiro was originally elected as chair at the SFRTA Governing Board Meeting in December 2006 and was re-elected chair in June 2007 and June 2010. Commissioner Barreiro served on the Tri-County Commuter Rail Authority Board of Directors from November 2000 to July 2003 as vice chair from July 2001 to July 2002 and chair from July 2002 to July 2003. He was elected to the Miami-Dade County Commission, representing District 5, in June 1998 and was reelected in August 2004. Commissioner Barreiro’s district includes portions of Miami and Miami Beach, as well as the communities of Little Havana, South Beach and Downtown Miami.

Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1992, Commissioner Barreiro represented District 107 until his election to the Miami-Dade County Commission. While serving in the House, Commissioner Barreiro chaired the Tourism Committee and served on the General Government Appropriations and Long-Term Care committees.

Commissioner Barreiro served as chair of the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners and Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization, and is a member of the Miami River Commission. Commissioner Barreiro has served as chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Environment Committee, Miami-Dade County General Obligation Bond Committee and the Office of Public Transportation Management Subcommittee, as well as chair and vice-chair of the Internal Management and Fiscal Responsibility Committee.

Commissioner Barreiro is an active community participant and has received numerous awards for his service and dedication to the city, county, region and his constituents. Professionally, Commissioner Barreiro is the President of BABJ Investment Corporation in Miami, Florida.


James A. Cummings

Jim Cummings joined the Governing Board in 1997, served as vice-chair from July 2000 to June 2001, and as chair from July 2001 to June 2002. After graduating from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Building Construction, he spent the next 16 years as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of a national construction company. He and his partners started James A. Cummings, Inc. in 1981 with the philosophy of building quality projects on time, within budget, and without litigation.

Prior to his retirement, Cummings became one of the largest and most respected general contracting firms in Florida because of his in-depth knowledge and dedication to this mission.,

As Chair of the SFRTA Construction Oversight Committee, Cummings spearheaded the Segment 5 Project, for which he was honored at the recent 25th Anniversary Tri-Rail Luncheon along with former FDOT District Secretary Rick Chesser, and is currently overseeing the construction of a new operations center for the SFRTA.

He has also been honored for his community involvement with organizations such as the United Way of Broward, Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County, the University of Florida President’s Council Florida Atlantic University, Florida Commission on Minority Economic and Business Development, and the Florida Council in Small and Minority Business Development.




June 17, 2014

TRI-RAIL CELEBRATES NINTH ANNUAL NATIONAL DUMP THE PUMP DAY ON JUNE 19

Commuters who ride Tri-Rail can win a family 4-pack and backstage tour of Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy

With the return of high gas prices, Tri-Rail will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the ninth annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 19.

As part of this effort, commuters who ride Tri-Rail on this special day will automatically be entered to win a family 4-pack to Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy on July 22, 2014 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, plus a backstage tour of the popular show proclaimed “the grandest circus spectacle east of Vegas.” Registered EASY Card holders who tap their card at any Tri-Rail station on June 19 will automatically be registered to win. Non-registered EASY Card holders and paper ticket users can register by visiting www.tri-rail.com on June 19 or 20 to enter their card or ticket number used on Dump the Pump Day.

“Dump the Pump Day is a good opportunity for commuters to try public transportation and recognize its value in saving money and time,” said Bonnie Arnold, public information officer of SFRTA/Tri-Rail. “Tri-Rail is definitely the way to travel throughout South Florida and we hope commuters will get onboard and experience all that we have to offer.”

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2014 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation and save money, instead of driving a car. Started in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a great travel option that also helps people save money. According to the April APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $10,174 annually by downsizing to one car.

Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban, and rural communities. In fact, a public transportation helps to make a community economically prosperous and competitive. Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization.




March 28, 2014

SFRTA HONORS TRANSIT HEROES WITH FIRST-EVER “DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD”

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) presented the first ever “Distinguished Service Awards” to two G4S officers and one train conductor at today’s meeting of the Authority’s Governing Board. The award was inspired by the actions of three transit heroes who went above and beyond the call of duty to protect and aid Tri-Rail passengers. The first recipients of the award are G4S Custom Protection Officers (CPO) James Errante and Lester Anderson and Conductor Thomas Baker.

In presenting the awards, SFRTA Chair Commissioner Steven L. Abrams praised the men, saying, “These three heroes are indicative of the quality and caliber of the men and women who serve our Tri-Rail passengers every day. We are honored to have them as part of the SFRTA team.”

On February 6, CPO Errante was working at the Golden Glades Station when he met a northbound train in response to a witness’ report of a suspicious male with a possible firearm. Upon arrival, he and CPO Lester Anderson removed the suspect from the train. In the ensuing struggle, CPO Errante received 2 gunshot wounds. CPO Errante has been with G4S for more than a decade. A native New Yorker, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1971 and retired as a First Sergeant in 1992 with 21 years of honorable service.

During his attempt to assist CPO Errante, the suspect severely bit CPO Anderson, almost severing his thumb. In spite of this, CPO Anderson was able to shoot the suspect when he turned around and pointed a gun at him while attempting to flee. CPO Anderson’s actions enabled the police to capture the suspect. CPO Anderson has been with G4S for a little more than 3 years. Because of his law enforcement background, he was assigned to Tri-Rail. He is a native of Jamaica, where he served with the Constabulary Police. Both CPOs were severely injured. Their quick actions resulted in no harm or loss of life to any passengers.

On February 15, Conductor Baker was working at the Metrorail Transfer Station when he saw a 65-year old woman collapse on the east platform. When he reached her, he found she had no pulse and was not breathing. He revived her by performing CPR until EMS arrived. He truly saved her life. He joined Veolia Transportation in 2010 as an Operations Supervisor. He was promoted to conductor two years later. Conductor Baker served in the U.S. Air Force as a law enforcement apprentice for almost 5 years. Prior to joining Veolia, he worked in the law enforcement field in South Florida for more than 15 years.




March 11, 2014

ANDREW FREY APPOINTED TO SFRTA GOVERNING BOARD


Andrew Frey

Florida Governor Rick Scott has appointed Andrew Frey to fill the vacancy on the Governing Board of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. His appointment began March 4, 2014, and will continue until August 1, 2015.

Frey, 34, of Miami, is a development manager for CC Residential. He currently serves as a board member of the American Planning Association Gold Coast Section and previously served as the Miami chair of the Urban Land Institute. Frey received his bachelor’s degree from Boston College and his law degree from the University of Michigan.








February 28, 2014

JACK STEPHENS NAMED SFRTA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

At the February meeting of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) Governing Board, Jack Stephens was named Executive Director. He replaces Joseph “Joe” Giulietti, who left the Authority at the end of January to become President of Metro-North in New York City. Stephens has served as the SFRTA’s Deputy Executive Director since May 2003, and last month was named Interim Executive Director. The Board awarded Stephens a one-year contract.

As Deputy Executive Director, Stephens was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Authority, with responsibilities for operations, human resources, administration, procurement, marketing, customer service, finance and information technology, engineering and construction, and planning and capital development. He was also responsible for negotiating with outside agencies’ developers and contractors at the direction of the Governing Board or Executive Director.

“The organization and staff need the stability provided by a leader they have been working with for more than a decade as we face the myriad challenges ahead of us. The right candidate was already in-house and well-known to us,” said Governing Board Chair, Commissioner Steven L. Abrams. “The seamless transition to Jack’s leadership has already begun.”

Prior to joining the SFRTA, Mr. Stephens spent a dozen years associated with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) in a succession of increasingly responsible managerial positions. Among the titles he held were Deputy General Manager for Administration, Interim General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice President, Customer Development Division, Assistant to the General Manager, Office of Federal and State Relations and Legislative Coordinator. Prior to coming into the transit industry, he was associated with the Orleans Parish Public Schools and the Georgia Department of Offender Rehabilitation. In addition, he served as legislative staff for the State of Georgia Senate and House of Representatives.

He has a B.A. degree from the University of the South and a Master’s degree from the University of Georgia. He also studied toward a PhD in Public Administration/Political Science at Georgia State University. He resides in Pompano Beach, Florida.




January 28, 2014

JACK STEPHENS NAMED SFRTA INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


Jack Stephens

At the January 24th meeting of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) Governing Board, Jack Stephens was named Interim Executive Director. He replaces Joseph “Joe” Giulietti, who is leaving the Authority at the end of January to become President of Metro- North in New York City. Stephens has served as the SFRTA’s Deputy Executive Director since May 2003.

As Deputy Executive Director, Stephens was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Authority, with responsibilities for operations, human resources, administration, procurement, marketing, customer service, finance and information technology, engineering and construction, and planning and capital development. He was also responsible for negotiating with outside agencies’ developers and contractors at the direction of the Governing Board or Executive Director.

“As sad as we are to see Joe Giulietti leave for the Presidency of Metro-North, we are fortunate to have a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience in the transportation industry, step in. With ten of those years spent at the SFRTA, Jack already understands all facets of the Authority,” said Governing Board Chair, Commissioner Steven L. Abrams. “I expect the transition under Jack Stephens will be a seamless one.”

Prior to joining the SFRTA, Mr. Stephens spent a dozen years associated with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) in a succession of increasingly responsible managerial positions. Among the titles he held were Deputy General Manager for Administration, Interim General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice President, Customer Development Division, Assistant to the General Manager, Office of Federal and State Relations and Legislative Coordinator. Prior to coming into the transit industry, he was associated with the Orleans Parish Public Schools and the Georgia Department of Offender Rehabilitation. In addition, he served as legislative staff for the State of Georgia Senate and House of Representatives.

He has a B.A. degree from the University of the South and a Master’s degree from the University of Georgia. He also studied toward a PhD in Public Administration/Political Science at Georgia State University. He resides in Pompano Beach, Florida.




January 23, 2014

SOUTH FLORIDA REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY CELEBRATES TRI-RAIL’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY

More than 250 past and present members of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA)/Tri-Rail’s Governing Board, business and community leaders and elected officials, recently gathered to celebrate Tri-Rail’s 25th anniversary. The commuter rail system was placed into service on January 9, 1989.

The keynote speaker was the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Therese McMillan. The emcee was Jen Herrera, WPLG Local News 10 Anchor. The luncheon turned out to be a bittersweet occasion for many in attendance because it was announced last week that after 15 years with the agency, Executive Director Joseph “Joe” Giulietti was leaving the agency to become the President of Metro North.

The SFRTA luncheon honored a number of visionaries and agencies that brought about the Authority’s success. Among those recognized were funding partners including the FTA, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. The longest Board Member Service Award was presented to Marie Horenburger, who has been a member of the Governing Board since 1994. The Regional Business Leadership Award was given to Ralph Marrinson, one of the key proponents of the formation of the SFRTA. Rick Chesser and Jim Cummings were awarded Tri-Rail’s Segment 5 Completion Recognition Award, acknowledging their efforts to spearhead the Double Track Corridor Improvement Program.

Conceived as a five-year traffic mitigation program while I-95 was undergoing construction, Tri-Rail now serves as the permanent spine of South Florida’s public transportation system. The SFRTA, which operates Tri-Rail, runs 50 trains and day on weekdays and 30 trains a day on weekends and holidays. The system operates 365 days a year.

Since its inception, Tri-Rail has carried more than 70 million passengers and now averages more than 15,000 riders a day. Ridership increased more than seven (7) percent in 2013, a figure well above the national average for commuter rail systems.




January 9, 2014

JOE GIULIETTI DEPARTS SFRTA TO LEAD METRO-NORTH

Joseph “Joe” Giulietti, Executive Director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA), is leaving the agency to assume the position of President of Metro-North, New York’s commuter rail system. The date of his departure will be determined at the meeting of the SFRTA Governing Board on January 24, 2014.

“Joe has done a great job for us – won accolades and awards for the agency – and we’re sad to lose him,” said Commissioner Steven L. Abrams, Chair of the SFRTA. He praised Mr. Giulietti for double tracking the entire system on time and on budget and for making its rapid growth in ridership possible. “His experience has been critical to our ability to navigate a lot of difficult issues connected to our expansion.”

Mr. Giulietti brings more than 40 years of railroad experience to his new position, rising from being a brakeman with the Penn Central Railroad to being the head of Florida’s only commuter rail system. He relocated from Connecticut in 1998 to become Deputy Executive Director of Tri-Rail and was named Executive Director in 2000.

Under his leadership, the Tri-County Commuter Rail System was transitioned into the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. The Double Track Corridor Improvement Program, completed in 2006, enabled Tri-Rail to expand service to the operation of 50 trains a day on weekdays and 30 trains a day on weekends. Ridership increased by double digits. In 2006, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) named Tri-Rail the fastest growing commuter rail system in the nation. In 2013, Tri-Rail experienced the highest ridership in its 25-year history, 4,350,782 passengers.

He began his railroad career in 1971 as a brakeman/assistant conductor for Penn Central Railroad. In 1978, he assumed his first management position, road foreman for Con Rail. He joined Metro-North Commuter Railroad in 1983 and held a series of increasingly responsible management and senior management positions, culminating with his appointment as the Director of Organizational Staffing Review Projects in 1993.

Mr. Giulietti holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Connecticut State University. He was president of the 44th Urban Mass Transportation Seminar and was a trained facilitator at Rummler Brache Performance Management. In 2007, he was named the recipient of the Thomas G. Neusom Award, the highest honor given by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO). He serves on the Executive Committee of the APTA.




January 7, 2014

TRI-RAIL RECORDS HIGHEST ANNUAL RIDERSHIP IN ITS 25-YEAR HISTORY

Tri-Rail carried more passengers in 2013 than during any other year in its 25-year history of operation. According to records, 4,350,782 trips were taken on the commuter rail line in 2013, up from approximately 4,300,000 in 2008 when gas prices were at their highest. The increased ridership is attributed to the recovering economy and employment numbers as well as increased service on weekends.

"As we prepare to celebrate our 25th anniversary this month, we are gratified to see how many people continue to embrace this system as their economical, reliable transportation alternative," said Joseph Giulietti, Executive Director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, which operates Tri-Rail.

Tri-Rail began service on January 9, 1989 as a temporary 5-year traffic mitigation project while I-95 was under construction. Twenty-five years later, it serves as the permanent north-south spine of South Florida's regional public transportation network. Tri-Rail has carried approximately 70 million passengers since it began operations.




  2013
December 4, 2013

SFRTA BOARD HOSTS RECOGNITION LUNCHEON TO CELEBRATE TRI-RAIL’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY

FTA Administrator, the Honorable Peter M. Rogoff, to be Special Guest

The Governing Board of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority is hosting a luncheon on Friday, January 17, 2014 to celebrate Tri-Rail’s 25th anniversary. “Transportation Today and Tomorrow”, a recognition luncheon, will pay tribute to those people who have helped to establish Tri-Rail as the spine of South Florida’s evolving public transportation network. The special guest will be the Honorable Peter M. Rogoff, Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration.

The 25th anniversary celebration luncheon will be held at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Hotel, 400 Corporate Drive, Fort Lauderdale, beginning at Noon. Tickets are $45 per person and may be obtained by calling 954-703-7935 no later than Monday, January 13, 2014.

Mr. Rogoff was confirmed to the Federal Transit Administrator position by the U.S. Senate in May, 2009. He has led the agency through a period of historic change, record-setting accomplishments and agency-wide process improvements to meet the American public’s growing need for public transportation services.

Most recently, Administrator Rogoff ensured that the FTA played an active and effective role in the response, recovery and restoration of transit agencies affected by the worst transit disaster in U.S. history as a result of Hurricane Sandy, especially in the metro New York and New Jersey region.

Jen Herrera, WPLG Local News 10 Anchor, will be the Special Guest Host. Sponsors at the Conductor Level include Gannett Fleming, Inc., HDR Engineering, Inc., and Veolia Transportation Service. Sponsors at the Engineer Level include Bitner Goodman, Inc., Bombardier Transportation, CH2M HILL, Inc., FTI Consulting LLC, Government Affairs, Herzog, and PB America, Inc.

In 1983, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) began planning regional commuter rail service. Tri-Rail began operations on January 9, 1989, conceived as a temporary, 5-year traffic mitigation project while I-95 was undergoing construction. Twenty-five years later, now operated by the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA), Tri-Rail is a major component of South Florida’s ever-changing public transportation network. The completion of the Double Track Corridor Improvement Program in 2006 and New River Bridge in 2007, has enabled Tri-Rail to operate 50 trains a day on weekdays and 30 trains a day on weekends and holidays. Since its inception, Tri-Rail has carried more than 70 million passengers.




October 4, 2013

JIM SCOTT APPOINTED TO SFRTA GOVERNING BOARD BY GOVERNOR SCOTT


Jim Scott

Governor Rick Scott has appointed the Honorable Jim Scott to the Governing Board of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, effective immediately. Scott was first appointed to the SFRTA Board in January 2005 and became the Authority's Chair in July 2006.

In 2000, Scott was appointed to the Broward County Commission by then-Florida Governor Jeb Bush to fill a vacancy in District 4. He was subsequently elected in November 2002 and served until November 2006.

A Broward County resident since 1965, Scott is a practicing attorney and is chairman and a founding director of Tripp, Scott Law Firm in Fort Lauderdale. He has more than three decades of experience as a lawyer in Florida and has an accomplished tenure as a legislator. He focuses his practice on government relations, commercial and civil litigation, real estate and health care law.

In 1976, Scott was elected to the Florida Senate, where he served for more than 24 years. His distinguished career in the Florida Legislature led to the presidency of the Senate in 1994. As Broward County Commissioner, he served on the South Florida Regional Planning Council from 2002 – 2004.

Scott previously served as the Broward County representative on the Metropolitan Planning Organization. Scott also served as lieutenant commander and legal officer of the U.S. Coast Guard. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Legal Aid Service of Broward County and is active in the Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton chambers of commerce.

Scott has received numerous awards and recognitions for his charitable and community contributions including Preservation 2000 Future Generation Award, Children's Home Society, and the B'nai B'rith Torch of Liberty Award. In addition, Florida Atlantic University, Davie Campus, named it Education and Science Building the "Senator James A. Scott Education and Science Building" in his honor. Scott holds a law degree and bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky.




October 4, 2013

SFRTA ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATIONS DEPARTMENTS RECEIVE FDOT AWARD

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority's (SFRTA) Engineering & Construction and Operations departments have been awarded the Davis Productivity Team Award of Distinction by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The award recognizes their efforts to reduce the construction time at the Miami Central Station.

"This project has been a collaboration of many SFRTA departments to ensure that our passengers can safely and efficiently get to Miami International Airport, while cutting down construction time at the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) and enabling a multi-million dollar savings for FDOT," according to Joseph Giulietti, SFRTA Executive Director.

The award winning team includes Brad Barkman, Director of Operations; Dan Mazza, Director of Engineering and Construction; Project Manager Mike Lulo and Project Manager Lauran Mehalik. The team also included representatives from CSX, MDT, and FDOT.

The new Miami International Airport Tri-Rail Station at the MIC is scheduled to open in April of 2014.




June 25, 2013

MIAMI HEAT PARADE GENERATES HIGHEST PAID DAILY RIDERSHIP IN TRI-RAIL HISTORY

Total Surpasses Heat Parades of 2006 and 2012

The Miami Heat scored big numbers for the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA/Tri-Rail) on Monday, June 24, 2013. Passenger counts show that 19,060 people rode Tri-Rail on the 24th, most of them headed for the Miami Heat Victory Parade. This passenger count totaled the highest paid ridership in the 24-year history of the commuter rail system.

Most trains operated at or near capacity. Special 4-car sets were operated to accommodate the anticipated overflow crowd. Security officers at the stations and on the trains reported that the celebrants were happy and orderly, with veteran riders being especially helpful to first-time passengers. In spite of the extremely high ridership, no complaints were logged in at the Call Center regarding the standing room only conditions on some trains.

Previous Miami Heat Victory Parades have also scored some of the highest ridership counts in Tri-Rail's history. On June 23, 2006, Tri-Rail carried 18, 613 passengers. Last year, on June 25, 2012, 18,355 passengers rode Tri-Rail, most of them to join the celebration of the Heat's national championship.

The Heat Victory Parade numbers were surpassed only by Dump the Pump Day on June 16, 2011, when the commuter rail system carried 19,731 passengers without charge in support of the American Public Transportation Association's national effort to promote the benefits of riding mass transit.




June 21, 2013

TAKE THE TRAIN TO THE HEAT PARADE

With hundreds of thousands of fans expected to converge on Biscayne Boulevard Monday, June 24 for the Miami Heat Parade, traffic and parking are sure to be a nightmare. Tri-Rail is the economical, stress-free alternative for fans who want to beat the downtown congestion and high cost of gas.

Tri-Rail will be operating 4-car trains in the morning and on the return from the parade to increase train capacity. Tri-Rail will operate an additional southbound train in the morning, which will leave the Fort Lauderdale Station at approximately 10:15 a.m. Passengers are encouraged to take southbound trains P611 or P613 to ensure arrival prior to the start of the parade.

Passengers should take Tri-Rail to the Metrorail Transfer Station, located on 79th Street, and then transfer onto Metrorail to the Government Center or Brickell Avenue stations. There, they can board the Metromover and take the “Omni Loop” and get off at either the Bayfront Park, First Street, College/Bayside, or Freedom Tower stops.

There is a $2 fee to transfer from Tri-Rail to Metrorail and passengers who do not possess an EASY Card must pay that fee in cash with $2 exact change. Staff members from MDT will be available at the Metrorail Transfer Station to facilitate the connection between Tri-Rail and Metrorail.

To save time and avoid long lines, passengers can pre-load their EASY Cards with the appropriate stored value over the weekend. Passengers can go on www.tri-rail.com or call customer service at 1-800-TRI-RAIL (874-7245) to calculate their fare. Passengers should remember to tap their card on the validator prior to boarding the train and tap off on the validator when exiting the train. Each passenger 5 years old or older must have their own EASY Card. EASY Cards may be purchased for $2.

Parking is anticipated to be at a premium at some stations. Passengers are encouraged to park at the Mangonia Park, Boynton Beach, Cypress Creek, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale Airport, or Sheridan Street stations, where there is more capacity for cars.

Passengers will need to allow approximately one half hour to 45 minutes to get back from the parade to Tri-Rail’s Metrorail Transfer Station.




April 30, 2013

GOVERNOR SCOTT DECLARES MAY 5 THROUGH 11 TRAIN SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK

Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared the first week in May "Train Safety Awareness Week (TSAW)." Set for May 5 through 11, volunteers from the railroad industry, as well as law enforcement personnel and emergency responders, will stage an information blitz to educate the public about the laws and rules governing activity around train tracks and grade crossings. This year, TSAW was scheduled to coincide with the 4th annual International Level Crossing Awareness Day on May 7, 2013.

The statistics are grim and chilling. In 2012, there were 57 highway/rail grade crossing incidents in Florida, resulting in 13 fatalities. In addition, there were 43 trespass incidents, with 27 fatalities. Florida ranks 4th in the nation in trespass fatalities. Approximately every three hours, either a vehicle, pedestrian, trespasser, or some form of debris is struck by a train in the United States.

During the week, law enforcement will be posted at grade crossings, where they will be issuing warnings and citations to drivers and pedestrians who do not adhere to the laws relating to trains and tracks. An additional effort this year will be focused on trespasser prevention, especially along the corridor between the West Palm Beach and Mangonia Park stations, an area where trespasser fatalities have been numerous.

Partners on the TSAW project include the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, CSXT, Amtrak, Veolia, Bombardier, G4S Secure Solutions, Operation Lifesaver, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Florida Department of Transportation, law enforcement officials and first responders from throughout the tri-county area.




April 17, 2013

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY COMMISSION NAMES APPOINTEE TO SFRTA GOVERNING BOARD


Nick Inamdar

The Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners has named Nick Inamdar as their business representative on the Governing Board of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. His term of office began with the March 2013 Board Meeting.

Mr. Inamdar is the Vice President of the Gatehouse Companies, a national industry leader in the acquisition and development of multifamily communities. He is responsible for the development, underwriting, and financing of multifamily communities throughout Florida. The Gatehouse Companies have developed, own and manage in excess of 6,300 multifamily housing units with a coast basis of $750,000,000 and employs a staff of 210.

He has led the company's efforts to develop nearly 1,000 new apartments in Florida. He currently serves as a board member for the statewide industry organization, the Coalition of Affordable Housing Providers (CAHP), in which he also chairs the legislative committee. He previously served as a gubernatorial appointed board member for the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX).

Mr. Inamdar is a member of Leadership Florida Class 30 and was honored as a finalist by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce in their 2012 R.E.A.L. (Real Estate Achievers and Leaders) Award. In 2012, he also received the Recent Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Business at the Florida State University.





March 29, 2013

SFRTA SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT FOR 10-YEAR TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT PLAN

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) is seeking feedback from the public to help update its 10-year Transit Development Plan (TDP). Dubbed SFRTA: Moving Our Region Forward or SFRTA Forward for short, the TDP is a strategic plan that lays out the vision of the Authority for the next decade (2014-2023). The TDP process presents an opportunity for SFRTA to reinvigorate its identity, reassess its mission, address regional mobility needs, and continue to build partnerships to advance transportation projects in South Florida.

To provide feedback for the TDP, log onto www.SFRTAForward.com to access a brief survey. People can also access more information, submit ideas, suggestions or comments and sign up for newsletters and notices about SFRTA Forward at this same site. Ideas can be submitted via e-mail at TDP@sfrta.fl.gov or by calling 1-888-GO-SFRTA. It is important that the Authority receives input from both users and non-users of public transportation.

The SFRTA is the public agency that operates Tri-Rail, South Florida's only commuter rail system, and its free connecting shuttle buses. It is also the agency responsible for the planning and construction of The Wave, the proposed streetcar system for downtown Fort Lauderdale. Since the last TDP update was completed five years ago, the SFRTA has taken a leadership role in facilitating regional transportation projects, among them plans to introduce Tri-Rail Coastal Link, which will be a commuter operation on the Florida East Coast (FEC) railroad tracks, which run through the heart of many of South Florida's coastal communities and cities.

For more information about the TDP, contact Natalie Yesbeck Pustizzi, Project Manager, at 954-788-7967.





January 28, 2013

SFRTA GOVERNING BOARD RATIFIES AGREEMENT TO ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR SFRC

The Governing Board of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) voted to accept the terms of the South Florida Operations and Management Agreement (SFOMA) at its monthly meeting on Friday, January 25. The agreement transfers the responsibility for the South Florida Rail Corridor (SFRC) from CSXT to the State. The Board also approved an operating agreement between the SFRTA and FDOT, which confirms that SFRTA, will provide the dispatch and maintain the SFRC, in place of CSXT. The implementation date is set for June 30, 2014, with a contingency for delays until December 31, 2014.

SFRTA Chair and Tri-Rail commuter, Mayor Steven L. Abrams, said that the agreement will have many improvements for the passengers. "SFOMA will provide a more reliable commute since SFRTA will have control not only of Tri-Rail's movement, but CSXT freight trains and Amtrak as well. We will have more flexibility to respond to incidents and will have the power to make service decisions when tropical storms or hurricanes threaten."

A key provision of SFOMA and the Operating Agreement, is that the SFRTA, on behalf of the State, will dispatch all trains that operate on the SFRC, which means that Tri-Rail trains will be consistently given priority during the day. SFOMA also addresses CSXT's payment to the State for use of the SFRC, nighttime corridor work, development of standards, Positive Train Control (PTC) cost-sharing and commencement dates.

The Operating Agreement between SFRTA and FDOT addresses the financial arrangement between the two parties, the responsibilities that SFRTA will be undertaking on behalf of the State, liability and claims handling and environmental issues. SFRTA will receive an additional $11.5 million annually of dedicated funding for assuming dispatch and maintenance of the SFRC. The current engineer's cost estimate for Maintenance of Way (MOW) is $14 million a year. SFRTA and FDOT agreed to a cost-sharing plan for MOW costs in excess of the $11.5 million in dedicated funding. SFRTA already has an in-house dispatch center, staffed by Amtrak (pursuant to its contract with SFRTA), which dispatches the New River Bridge. FDOT will be upgrading the SFRTA's dispatch desk so that it can dispatch the entire SFRC.

SFRTA responsibilities include dispatching the entire SFRC, maintaining track, stations, layover facilities and maintenance yards, as well as many of the functions currently being performed by CSXT and FDOT.





January 7, 2013

TRI-RAIL RIDERSHIP TOPS 4 MILLION IN 2012

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) announced today that Tri-Rail ridership exceeded more than 4 million passengers in 2012. With 4,072,549 riders, the total was exceeded only in 2008, when the rail system carried 4,303,509 commuters and leisure travelers.

Two key factors fueled the near record ridership. Employment in South Florida has begun to rebound according to reports from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; and gas prices, while not as high as they were during some months in 2012, continue to be a consideration for most commuters.

The SFRTA operates 50 trains per day, Monday through Friday, and 16 trains per day on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. The system operates on hourly headways during mid-day and on 20 and 30 minute headways during peak times. The SFRTA plans to begin offering hourly service on the weekends starting in March, up from the current weekend schedule of 2-hour headways. The system serves 17 stations in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.







  2012
November 27, 2012

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT APPOINTS FRANK FRIONE TO THE SOUTH FLORIDA REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY


Left to right: Governor Rick Scott with Frank Frione

Tallahassee, Florida – Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Frank Frione to the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority.

Mr. Frione is the Chief Executive Officer of GFA International, Inc., an engineering consulting firm founded in 1988. The company has locations throughout the State of Florida and currently supports full-service offices in Port St. Lucie, Fort Myers, Miami, and the corporate headquarters located in Delray Beach.

Mr. Frione is a member of Vistage Florida CEO Leadership and a board member of the Construction Association of South Florida. In addition, he is past president and current board member of The Construction Executives Association, as well as a Board of Trustees member at Everglades/Keiser University. Mr. Frione received the 2010 CEO of the Year Award from the South Florida Business Journal.

For over 24 years, Mr. Frione has been highly active with numerous charity organizations throughout Palm Beach and Broward counties including: The Broward Humane Society, Junior Achievement of South Florida, Habitat for Humanity, The Haven, The Boys & Girls Club, Covenant House and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.




October 10, 2012

FTA TRIENNIAL REVIEW FINDS NO DEFICIENCIES IN SFRTA PRACTICES

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) recently received notification from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) that no deficiencies were found in the FY 2012 Triennial Review.  This marks the second review in a row in which there were no findings, an accomplishment that is a rarity in the transportation industry.

"The outcome of this review is a validation of the high level of professionalism of the SFRTA staff. As chairman of SFRTA, many compliments come my way, but I know it is the staff who does the work day in and day out which has enabled us to pass the review with flying colors," said SFRTA Chair Steven L. Abrams. "The public should be equally pleased to know that our region's commuter rail system is being run as efficiently as possible."

The Triennial Review evaluates agencies receiving FTA funding in 24 specific areas, including legal, financial, technical, procurement, maintenance, Title VI, planning, public comment on fare and service changes, safety and security, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The Triennial Review is the FTA's assessment of an agency's compliance with federal requirements determined by the examination of grant management practices and program implementation.




July 26, 2012

MDT OPENS NEW ORANGE METRORAIL LINE TO MIA JULY 28

Passengers Transferring To Tri-Rail Must Use Green Line

As of Saturday, July 28, 2012, when MDT's new Orange Line opens, passengers wishing to transfer from Metrorail to Tri-Rail must use the Green Line. The new Orange Line will only go as far north as the Earlington Heights Station, where it will then be routed to the new Miami International Airport (MIA) Metrorail Station.

The MDT changes will affect Tri-Rail passengers, so here are a few tips to remember:

  • Passengers who board the northbound Orange Line must change to the northbound Green Line to make the Tri-Rail connection, or they will be transported to the MIA Metrorail Station.

  • Passengers who stay on the Orange Line would have to return to Metrorail to catch the northbound Green Line back to Tri-Rail, or take the MIA Mover to the airport where they can take the free shuttle to Tri-Rail.

  • Those traveling to or from the Miami International Airport should continue to access Tri-Rail through the Hialeah Market Station and the free connecting shuttle buses, saving additional MDT transfer fees.

  • The MDT Route 133, which operates as the Tri-Rail shuttle bus, will continue to pick up and drop off passengers at the ground level of Terminal E. MDT Route 133 will be the only MDT bus to go into the airport. All other buses will service the airport through the new bus facility on the ground level at the new MIA Metrorail Station.



Posted April 3, 2012

SFRTA TO OPERATE SPECIAL TRI-RAIL SERVICE FOR MARLINS HOME NIGHT GAMES

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) will run special Tri-Rail trains to serve Marlins weekday and weekend home night games, beginning with "Opening Day" on April 4th. A special northbound train will depart Metrorail Transfer Station approximately 1 hour following the conclusion of games, and a special southbound train will depart the Mangonia Park Station at 5:00 pm to facilitate getting to Saturday night games. The special trains are being funded by the Miami Marlins as part of a demonstration project.

"We know that based on numerous calls to our customer service representatives, there is a large contingent of Marlins fans who live in Broward and Palm Beach counties who would like to attend the games but are seeking an alternative to the high cost of driving and the scarcity of parking at the stadium. We hope that by providing this additional service, they will be able to enjoy going to the game and rooting for the home team in person," said SFRTA Executive Director Joseph Giulietti.

Regular Tri-Rail fares will apply, with zoned fares during the week and flat fares of $5 on the weekends. EASY Card-holders pay a transfer fee of $1 to board Metrorail, plus a 50-cent transfer to the Express Shuttle provided by Miami-Dade Transit to and from the Marlins Park via the Metrorail Culmer Station. For the return trip, the bus fare is $2 and a 50-cent transfer to Metrorail. Passengers who do not possess an EASY Card can purchase a 1-Day Pass for the Metrorail and Express Bus connections for $5.

Tri-Rail's customer service call center hours will be extended on the nights of weekend games until after the special train departs Tri-Rail's Metrorail Transfer Station. Ticket agent hours will also be extended at that station on home game nights.

For more information call 1-800-TRI-RAIL (874-7245.)




Posted February 9, 2012

MORE THAN 20 BUSINESSES ARE CONFIRMED FOR THE UPCOMING JOB FAIR PRESENTED BY SOUTH FLORIDA REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY ON THURSDAY, FEB. 16

South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA), committed to ensure a viable regional transportation system in South Florida, will present a Job Fair on Thurs., Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the International Game Fish Association in Dania Beach located at 300 Gulf Stream Way. This effort will be a great resource for job seekers, as well as South Florida businesses, including AT&T, McDonald's, New York Life, Lanier Parking Solutions and more.

"In hard economic times, finding a job is work in itself so that is why South Florida Regional Transportation Authority is proud to provide a community resource that can connect businesses to potential employees," said Joseph Giulietti, Executive Director, SFRTA/Tri-Rail. "This opportunity is parallel to our mission to engage government, private enterprise and citizens at large to coordinate a viable regional transportation system in South Florida that endeavors to meet the desires and needs for the movement of people, goods and services."

The SFRTA Job Fair will offer job seekers the opportunity to meet and greet with a variety of companies looking to build their workforce in the fields of automotive, aviation, insurance, marketing, retail and more. The participating business organizations in addition to those listed above include Colonial Life, 305-Kitchen.com, Education Dynamics, Prime Flight, Organo Gold, AOW Select, Primerica, How2 Inc., Atlantic Truck Center and Workforce One.

Job seekers will also be able to connect with representatives from Tri-Rail, a part of the SFRTA, as well as Broward County Transit and Miami-Dade Transit to receive information about public transportation options. This will be a good opportunity for those in attendance to learn about fares, schedules and how to utilize public transportation to get to and from work.

The first 300 attendees who register at the event will be eligible for a complimentary Tri-Rail One- Way Ticket. All attendees will also have the chance to enter to win two tickets to "Pop Goes the Rock" by Cirque Dreams at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL, March 29 through April 8, 2012.

As an added convenience, a free shuttle will connect people from the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Tri-Rail Station at Dania Beach to IGFA. For more information about the SFRTA Job Fair, call 888.GO.SFRTA or visit www.sfrta.fl.gov.






  2011
Posted December 16, 2011

SFRTA TO OFFER FREE BICYCLE LOCKERS AT STATIONS.

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) will begin offering free bicycle lockers to Tri-Rail passengers as of January 1, 2012. This decision was made to mitigate overcrowding on some trains. Passengers will only have to pay a $20 refundable security deposit per locker.

Anyone who currently has a lease for a locker with the SFRTA will receive a refund on the balance remaining. There are lockers at all stations except Pompano Beach, which is scheduled to undergo reconstruction beginning next summer.

“With the price of gas, not only is our ridership up, but also the number of bicycles on the trains has increased significantly. It is our hope that, by making the bicycle lockers free, it will encourage people to leave their bicycles at a station before they board the train,” said Joseph Giulietti, SFRTA Executive Director.

Bicycle lockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To obtain a bicycle locker, log onto www.tri-rail.com or call
1-800-TRI-RAIL (874-7245.)




Posted November 22, 2011

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY LAHOOD ANNOUNCES $5.7 MILLION GRANT FOR SFRTA.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) will receive $5.7 million through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) TIGGER III (Transit Investment in Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction) Grant Program. The funds will be used to construct Tri-Rail’s first green, LEED certified, sustainable station at Pompano Beach. The SFRTA project was one of 46 nationwide selected to receive grants.

“These grants will put thousands of Americans back to work building sustainable, energy efficient transit vehicles and facilities across the country,” said Secretary LaHood. “The Obama Administration is committed to investing in the cutting-edge transportation projects that will keep our economy moving forward.” The FTA reviewed 266 project applications representing more than $1 billion in funding requests from transit providers across the country. The awards to the projects selected totaled over $100 million.

“We are grateful to the FTA for providing the funds to go forward with this very important project. It is a win-win for South Florida. A win for the environment and a win for the economy due to the construction jobs it will create,” said SFRTA Chair, Commissioner Kristin Jacobs.

The rebuilt Pompano Beach Station will generate more than 100 percent of the station’s energy demand through solar panels. The project will send the excess energy to the power grid and store daytime energy for nighttime lighting of the station, parking area, and other parts of the facility.

Implementation of this demonstration project will result in a significant reduction in energy consumption, which is consistent with the FTA’s livability and environmental sustainability goals to support green building. Tri-Rail’s Pompano Beach Station will be the first transit station in the State of Florida and may be one of the first nationally to be 100 percent supported by solar energy, and will become SFRTA’s green station prototype for future improvements at all Tri-Rail stations.

Click here for Pompano Beach Station Site Plan




Posted October 20, 2011

SFRTA TAKES TOP HONORS IN FPTA MARKETING COMPETITION.

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) took top honors in the recent Florida Public Transportation Association’s (FPTA) Marketing Awards Competition at the FPTA conference held recently in Tampa, FL.

SFRTA took two first place awards, one in the print media category for its bike locker campaign and the other in the audio/visual/television category for their TV spot promoting National Dump the Pump Day. The spot featured real Tri-Rail passengers talking about why they loved taking the train and about how much money it saved them.

The agency also won an Honorable Mention for its signature initiative, “Tri-Rail’s Senior Idol,” which recognizes the incredible talents of people in our community ages 65 and older.

This competition is open to any transit system in the State of Florida who is a member of FPTA. All of the prize-winning entries were created by Bitner Goodman, the SFRTA’s agency of record for more than a decade.




Posted October 20, 2011

FTA AWARDS SFRTA $4.5 MILLION GRANT FOR BUS LIVABILITY PROGRAM.

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA)/Tri-Rail was awarded $4,556,000 in a United States Department of Transportation (DOT)/Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Bus Livability Grant on October 17, 2011. The amount of the grant is for the full funding requested. The FTA Bus Livability Program is awarded to public transportation providers to finance capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities. Through Bus Livability Program grants, FTA invests in projects that fulfill the six livability principles that serve as the foundation for the DOT–HUD–EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

These livability principles include providing more transportation choices, promoting equitable and affordable housing, enhancing economic competitiveness, supporting existing communities, coordinating policies and leveraging investment, and valuing communities and neighborhoods

The SFRTA/Tri-Rail project encompasses the procurement of five large and 15 small alternative fuel shuttle buses to replace the current contractor-owned fleet. The Tri-Rail free shuttle bus network links Tri-Rail with airports, hospitals, colleges and universities, and other major employment centers and destinations throughout the South Florida region. The grant will cover 80 percent of the project’s capital costs allowing SFRTA/Tri-Rail to realize significant annual operational cost savings, while providing an eco-friendly transportation alternative for Tri-Rail passengers.




Posted October 12, 2011

SFRTA TAKES GOLD STAR AT APTA ADWHEEL CEREMONY.


Left to right: Bill Millar, outgoing APTA President and CEO; Bonnie Arnold, SFRTA Director of Marketing; Joseph Giulietti, SFRTA Executive Director; Gary C. Thomas , APTA Chair; Michael P. Melaniphy, incoming APTA President and CEO-elect.

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) came out a big winner at the recent American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) AdWheel Awards Ceremony, held at the Annual Meeting and Expo in New Orleans. Out of more than 600 entries, the SFRTA was selected as one of a select group of transit agencies to receive the Grand Prize Gold Star. The Agency won for its signature initiative, “Tri-Rail’s Senior Idol,” which recognizes the incredible talents of people in our community age 65 and older.

Only 20 Grand Prize awards are given each year, to three different categories of transit systems based on ridership figures and one category for business members. The SFRTA won in the Group One Category.

The SFRTA also won a first place award for the poster created for the “Cleared for Take-Off” marketing campaign. SFRTA Director of Marketing and Customer Service, Bonnie Arnold, presided at the ceremony as the Immediate Past Chair of APTA’s Marketing and Communications Committee.

This competition is open to any transit system in the country who is a member of APTA. Both the Grand Prize and First Prize winning entries were created by Bitner Goodman, the SFRTA’s agency of record for more than a decade.



Posted September 23, 2011

JOSEPH GIULIETTI ELECTED TO APTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

Joseph Giulietti, Executive Director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA), has been elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Board of Directors. His term of office begins on October 1, 2011 and continues through October 2014.

Mr. Giulietti joined the SFRTA, then Tri-Rail, as Deputy Executive Director in 1998 and became Executive Director in 2000. Under his leadership, Tri-Rail completed the Double Track Corridor Improvement Program, which enabled the Authority to increase the number of trains operated per day, from 24 to 50. During the first half of 2011, Tri-Rail experienced double-digit ridership growth in every month except January. Tri-Rail currently carries approximately 14,000 passengers a day.

Mr. Giulietti began his railroad career in 1971 as a Brakeman/Assistant Conductor for Penn Central Railroad. In 1978, he assumed his first management post, Road Foreman for Conrail. He joined Metro North Commuter Railroad in 1983, and held a series of increasingly responsible management and senior management positions, culminating with his appointment as Director of Organizational Staffing Review Project in 1993.

He has served APTA in many capacities during his long career, including as Chair of the Commuter and Intercity Rail Committee, Co-Chair of the Procurement Committee, Co-Chair of the Sub-committee on Legislation, Chair of the Commuter Rail CEOs, and as a member of both the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. At APTA’s request, he has testified before Congress as an industry expert on Positive Train Control (PTC).

Mr. Giulietti resides in Coral Springs, FL with his wife, Becky.




Posted September 7, 2011

SFRTA and MDT Launch Regional Monthly Pass

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) and Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) today announced the launch of a new regional fare product, the Regional Monthly Pass, effective October 1, 2011. Loaded on an EASY Card, the Regional Monthly Pass will allow for a seamless transfer between Tri-Rail and Miami-Dade Transit’s Metrorail and Metrobus systems. There are no fares collected on Metromover.

The Regional Monthly Pass will cost $140 and will permit unlimited rides on both systems during a calendar month. Discounted rates are available for those enrolled in employee discount programs, and for those who qualify for discounted rates. The Regional Monthly Pass will be available for purchase on September 26, 2011.

“The implementation of the Tri-Rail/MDT Regional Monthly Pass is the first step toward a seamless, fully integrated transit system for the people of South Florida. I look forward to the day when passengers can travel between all three counties in our region using just one efficient, economical fare medium,” said SFRTA Chair, Commissioner Kristin Jacobs.

Regional Monthly Pass was made possible through the implementation of the EASY Card, which the SFRTA introduced in February 2011 and MDT introduced in October 2009.

“With the new EASY Card automated fare collection system, we now have the technology that gives our patrons an easier way to pay their fare, allowing for seamless travel between the two systems,” said Interim MDT Director Ysela Llort.

Passengers not wishing to purchase a Regional Monthly Pass can pay their transfer fees by loading cash value on their EASY Card. The cost to transfer from Tri-Rail to Metrorail will be $1, to Metrobus will be 50 cents, and to an Express Bus will be 85 cents. Passengers without the Regional Monthly Pass will pay regular fare when traveling on MDT’s system for their return trip. Passengers will continue to receive a discount off their return trip on Tri-Rail. These transfer fees also go into effect on October 1, 2011.

Studies are currently underway to determine how Broward County Transit and Palm Tran Buses can be integrated into the system to allow for a truly seamless regional transportation network.




Posted August 30, 2011

SFRTA Wins National Procurement and Marketing Awards

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) has once again won national recognition for its procurement and marketing initiatives. The Procurement Department was notified that it received the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Purchasing Institute. The Authority received two first place AdWheel Awards in the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) annual competition to recognize excellence in marketing efforts by transit systems across the nation.

“The Procurement and Marketing Departments, along with other departments at the Authority, continue to receive national recognition for their professionalism and the quality of the work. They take great pride in their work and it is gratifying to see that it is rewarded with prestigious honors such as these,” said Joe Giulietti, SFRTA Executive Director.

The achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award is designed to recognize organizational excellence in procurement. The award is achieved by those organizations who receive a high score on a rating of standardized criteria. The program is designed to measure innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership attributes of the procurement function.

The SFRTA is one of only 21 government agencies in Florida and one of only 26 special districts in the United States to receive the award. This is the fourth time that the SFRTA has received this honor.

Tri-Rail’s “Senior Idol” has become one of the Authority’s signature events and it took first place in APTA’s special event category this year, which honors marketing efforts specifically tailored to promote public awareness about transit. The event draws hundreds of seniors each year to compete for the title of best singer over the age of 65. The final phase of the competition consists of a performance by 12 finalists before a sold-out audience at Fort Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse.

The second AdWheel Award was in the print media category. The poster created for the “Cleared for Take-off” Campaign took first place. The campaign promoted Tri-Rail as the convenient, economical way to reach South Florida’s three international airports. Both winning entries were created by Bitner Goodman, which has been the Authority’s agency of record for more than a decade.




Posted June 17, 2011

Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs Elected Chair Of SFRTA’S Governing Board

Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams Elected Vice Chair


Kristin Jacobs

Commissioner Jacobs was elected to represent District 2 on the Broward County Commission in 1998. One of her top priorities involves being a top advocate for protecting the quality of life of the visitors and residents of Broward County; believing that the welfare of our community is dependent on a healthy environment. While “going green” is a popular practice now, it was several years ago that she championed the NatureScape Broward and Water Matters initiatives.

Her preservation efforts have earned her the James D. Webb Public Service Award from the Everglades Coalition, as well as recognition from the Florida Environmental Resource Agency, the Southeast Society of Environmental Engineers and the Broward County Audubon Society.

She has always been an ardent supporter of mass transit as a means of easing traffic congestion and pollution in Broward County. She spearheaded the Community Bus Transport Network, which connects neighborhoods to Broward County Transit in more than 20 cities. She was instrumental in obtaining Broward cities’ support through the dedication of gas funds to establish this service. In 2005, she presented a successful resolution to the Board of County Commissioners opposing the Florida Department of Transportation’s increase in HOV lane travel restrictions by four hours a day.


Steven Abrams

Commissioner Abrams has been serving on the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners representing District 4 since 2009 and was elected in 2010 without opposition to a full four-year term. He has a lengthy record of public service. A former Mayor of Boca Raton, he was elected in 2001, re-elected in 2003 without opposition, and again in 2005, this time with the most votes in city history. He was named Mayor Emeritus when he stepped down in 2008 due to term limits.

The Commissioner also served five terms as a City Council member in Boca Raton and was a member of the city’s Planning and Zoning Board. He is a past president of the League of Cities and a founding member of the Florida League of Mayors.

As mayor, Abrams gained national exposure and local respect during the first bioterrorist attack in American history when anthrax was discovered at the AMI building in Boca Raton in 2001. He received the Distinguished Service Medal from the Israel National Police for his leadership during the ordeal. Commissioner Abrams attended Harvard and received his law degree from George Washington University. Active in the community, he chairs the county’s Value Adjustment Board and the Broadband Committee. He serves as vice chair of the Solid Waste Authority and sits on the boards of the Children’s Services Council, Florida Association of Counties and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.



Posted June 17, 2011

Tri-Rail Breaks All Previous Ridership Records On Dump The Pump Day 2011

Tri-Rail carried more passengers yesterday, on National Dump the Pump Day 2011, than on any other day in its 22-year history. A record 19,731 trips were logged, breaking the previous record set on the day of the Miami Heat victory parade in 2006, by more than 1,000.

“The overwhelming turnout yesterday is a strong indicator that people are willing to explore new options for getting around the region,” said Bonnie Arnold, Director of Marketing and Customer Service for the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, which operates Tri-Rail. “It was especially encouraging to see so many young people on the trains, because the earlier in life that they discover there are alternatives to driving, the more likely they are to use them.”

Dump the Pump Day was created by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) six years ago as a means to encourage people to leave their vehicles at home for a day and use public transportation for their commute instead. As gas prices have climbed, it has become increasingly more successful each year. This year, more than 107 systems from across the country participated in the effort.




Posted May 09, 2011

Hearing for Bus Route Elimination/Service Modifications Beginning June 13, 2011

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT at the Board Meeting of May 13, 2011, the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) will hold a Public Hearing at 9:30 A.M. to receive public input on the SFRTA’s intent to eliminate/modify bus service routes. All interested individuals and/or groups are invited to attend this meeting and will have an opportunity to present their views and comments, or by responding in writing to the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority at 800 NW 33rd Street, Suite 100, Pompano Beach, FL 33064. The following is a description of the proposed service changes:

Description of Changes:

This following represents the proposed schedule changes:

• Elimination of bus routes DB1, CC1 and SS1
• Service schedule/alignment modification of bus route PB1

Those wishing to review or obtain a copy of any materials pertaining to this public hearing may contact the Customer Service Department at telephone (800) 874-7245; if hearing impaired, telephone (800) 273-7545 (TTY) for assistance. All written comments will be entered into the official records of the public hearing. Persons wishing to address the Board are requested to complete an “Appearance Card” and will be limited to three (3) minutes.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, must at least 48 hours prior to the meeting, provide a written request directed to the Executive Office at 800 NW 33rd Street, Suite 100, Pompano Beach, FL 33064, or telephone (954) 942-7245 for assistance; if hearing impaired, telephone (800) 273-7545 (TTY) for assistance.

Any person who decides to appeal any decision made by the Governing Board for the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing, will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

Unless amended, the proposed bus route eliminations/modifications will serve as final for the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority.






  2010
Posted September 15, 2010

FORT LAUDERDALE AIRPORT STATION PARKING GARAGE OPENS SEPTEMBER 21

The new parking garage at Tri-Rail's Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Station at Dania Beach is scheduled to open for use by Tri-Rail passengers on Tuesday, September 21, 2010. The first covered garage on the corridor, the new facility offers 402 parking spaces, considerably more than the 180 spaces that were previously available at the station.

The garage will be accessible 30 minutes before the first train of the day, until 30 minutes after the last train of the day. Cars cannot be parked in the garage for more than 24 consecutive hours. Violators will be towed at their own expense. Airport parking is strictly prohibited.

The three-level, pre-cast structure, provides for improved vehicular circulation, with separate bus, kiss-n-ride, and taxi lanes. It offers improved pedestrian safety and amenities. The garage features motorcycle and bicycle parking, energy efficient elevators, and LED lighting.

Construction of the parking garage was made possible through funding from the Florida Department of Transportation.




Posted September 15, 2010

Local Womam Addresses Members Of Congress About Need To Support Public Transportation

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has invited Broward County resident Deanna Droira-Garcia to speak to members of Congress about the importance of funding for public transportation. Ms. Droira-Garcia was the winner of the Florida Public Transportation Association's "Tell Our Story" contest, a statewide initiative supporting APTA's national "Telling Our Story" effort.

Due to a medical condition, Ms. Droira-Garcia was forced to give up driving. An account supervisor with Radio Disney, she had clients throughout the tri-county area. Using Tri-Rail, Broward County Transit, Miami-Dade Transit, and Palm Tran, she was not only able to make and keep appointments, but she became one of Radio Disney's top salespeople in the area.

APTA learned of her story and invited her to speak at a "Telling Our Story" rally in Washington, D.C. on September 22 at 11 a.m. Among the officials expected to attend are Representative Jim Oberstar, chair of the House's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The rally will be held at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Federal Center, SE Train Station.

APTA's year-long "Telling Our Story" effort was created to inform elected officials in Washington about the importance of passing a long-range bill to fund public transportation. In his Labor Day speech in Milwaukee, President Obama spoke about the importance of funding transportation infrastructure, including public transportation and high-speed rail as a means of creating jobs. Studies have shown that for every $1 billion spent on transportation infrastructure, 36,000 jobs are created and supported.

Read Deanna's story in her own words: http://floridatransit.org/entry1.html.

Note: Video footage and photographs will be available immediately following the event.




Posted July 8, 2010

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro Elected Chair Of SFRTA’S Governing Board

Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs Elected Vice Chair

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno A. Barreiro was elected chair of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority Governing Board at the June meeting. At the same meeting, Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs was elected vice chair of the SFRTA Governing Board. Both terms begin on July 1, 2010 and last for one year.


Bruno A. Barreiro

This is Commissioner Barreiro’s fourth time serving as chair of the SFRTA Governing Board. First elected to serve on the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners in 1998, he represents District 5 and serves constituents in parts of Miami, Miami Beach, Little Havana, Downtown Miami and South Beach.

Commissioner Barreiro has long been a proponent of public transportation. In 1999, he sponsored a resolution for the creation of the Golden Passport to provide free transportation for senior citizens in Miami-Dade County. In 2002, he chaired the Transportation, Infrastructure and Environment Committee and sponsored resolution for a half-cent sales tax to improve mass transit services as outlined in the People’s Transportation Plan.

As commissioner, he has served as chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, chairman of the Miami-Dade County General Obligation Bond Committee and the Office of Public Transportation Management Subcommittee, and as chairman and vice chairman of the Internal Management and Fiscal Responsibility Committee.


Kristin Jacobs

Commissioner Kristin Jacobs was elected to represent District 2 on the Broward County Commission in 1998. One of her top priorities involves being a top advocate for protecting the quality of life of the visitors and residents of Broward County; believing that the welfare of our community is dependent on a healthy environment. While “going green” is a popular practice now, it was several years ago that she championed the NatureScape Broward and Water Matters initiatives.

Her preservation efforts have earned her the James D. Webb Public Service Award from the Everglades Coalition, as well as recognition from the Florida Environmental Resource Agency, the Southeast Society of Environmental Engineers and the Broward County Audubon Society.

She has always been an ardent supporter of mass transit as a means of easing traffic congestion and pollution in Broward County. She spearheaded the Community Bus Transport Network, which connects neighborhoods to Broward County Transit in more than 20 cities. She was instrumental in obtaining Broward cities’ support through the dedication of gas funds to establish this service. In 2005, she presented a successful resolution to the Board of County Commissioners opposing the Florida Department of Transportation’s increase in HOV lane travel restrictions by four hours a day.




Posted June 28, 2010

SFRTA Finance Department Wins National Award


Georgiana Rodriguez (center) presented the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to SFRTA Executive Director Joseph Giulietti (left), Chair Commissioner Jeff Koons, and members
of the finance department team Ed Woods, Laura Thezine and
Joe Khouzami

The Finance Department of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) has won a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The Certificate is awarded to government units and public employee retirement systems whose comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFRs) achieve the highest standards in government accounting and financial reporting.

“The fact that the Accounting Department has won this award every year since 1992 is a tribute to them for the transparency and accuracy of the records they keep,” said SFRTA Executive Director Joseph Giulietti. “I am very proud of what they have accomplished over these many years.”

 




Posted June 22, 2010

SFRTA Procurement Department Wins Award Of Excellence


The SFRTA's award winning procurement team includes Brian Kohlberg (left), Chris Bross, Ben Guida, Debra Lehrhaupt, Paula Accorto, Bobby Becker, Charmaine Davis-Matthei, and Vivian Kelly.

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority received The Award of Excellence in Public Procurement for 2010 from the Florida Association of Public Purchasing Officers, Inc. The Authority is one of only 12 in the entire state to receive the award this year. This is the third year that the SFRTA has achieved this award.

“I am very proud of our Procurement Department for winning this award. It is a testament to them that they have been recognized for upholding the state’s highest standards for purchasing,” said Joseph Giulietti, SFRTA Executive Director.

The award recognizes agencies that meet or exceed benchmarks and best practices in the Procurement Profession and is achieved by those organizations that obtain a high score on a rating of standardized criteria. The program is designed to measure innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership attributes of the procurement function.




Posted June 7, 2010

SFRTA Launches Bicycle Locker Program

36 Locker Spaces Will Soon Be Available At Tri-Rail’s West Palm Beach Station

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority will launch their first-ever Bicycle Locker Program at Tri-Rail’s West Palm Beach Station, beginning on June 14. There are 18 perforated-sheet, steel lockers that will be available, designed to accommodate two bicycles per modular unit, with a diagonal divider and separate door entries on either end (providing 36 individual spaces available for use).

While the Bicycle Locker Program will begin initially at the West Palm Beach Station, the program will be phased in at all other Tri-Rail stations within the next several months (due to ongoing construction projects, lockers will be installed at a later date for the Pompano Beach Station, Cypress Creek Station, Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport Station at Dania Beach Station and Miami Airport Station). Once the project is completed, there will be bicycle lockers available at all of Tri-Rail’s 18 train stations. The fourth largest bicycle program launched by a public transportation agency within the United States, the SFRTA/Tri-Rail will be offering approximately 600 lockers for bicycle and bicycle accessory storage.

Registration fees for one locker will be $37 for six months and $64 for a year. Users may also register for a second locker for half the price, should they want to store a bicycle at both their origin and destination station. There is also a refundable $30 security deposit to cover the price of one lock and two keys.

“More and more commuters are turning to bicycles for their commute to and from our train stations,” said SFRTA Executive Director Joseph Giulietti. “It’s a healthy, economical and environmentally responsible choice, and one that we want to support however we can.”

As of Monday, June 14, you will be able to register for a bicycle locker at the West Palm Beach Station by visiting http://www.tri-rail.com or by visiting the West Palm Beach Station Ticket Kiosk. The website will be updated accordingly, as lockers become available at additional stations. For additional information, please call Customer Service at 1-800-TRI-RAIL
(874-7245).






  2009
Posted December 14, 2009

Statement from Commissioner Jeff Koons on Passage of Rail Bill Chair, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority

I want to thank everyone who has worked diligently to bring this bill to fruition. Passage of this legislation would not have been possible without the support of the leadership in the House and the Senate, especially that of Senate President Jeff Atwater. Our gratitude also goes out to our three county commissions, our partners around the state, and the SFRTA Governing Board. This bill benefits the thousands of riders who depend on Tri-Rail, the 320 employees who keep the system running each and every day, and the people of Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville, who are that much closer to making passenger rail a reality in their communities.




Posted Posted November 30, 2009

Federal Transit Administration Program Funds Now Available

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Organization in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, is announcing a call for projects in the Miami Urbanized Area for Job Access & Reverse Commute and New Freedom program funds for fiscal years 2008 and 2009. These Federal Transit Administration program funds are available for projects that improve transportation for individuals with low incomes, recipients of welfare and / or persons with disabilities.

The amount of funds available for fiscal year 2008 includes $3,195,924 for JARC projects and $1,812,295 for New Freedom projects. The amount of funds available for fiscal year 2009 includes $3,751,178 for JARC projects and $2,088,998 for New Freedom projects. Funds can be used for capital, operating and administrative expenses. Eligible applicants include private, non-profit organizations; state or local governmental authorities and operators of public transportation services, including private, for-profit operators of public transportation services. The solicitation will be limited to projects that have been derived from an adopted Human Services Transportation Coordination Plan.

The funds can be used to support up to 80 percent (an 80 / 20 match) for capital projects and not more than 50 percent (a 50 / 50 match) of project costs for operating assistance.

The application form, as well as details concerning specific eligibility requirements, local- share requirements and allowable activities, can be found in the Miami Urbanized Area JARC & New Freedom Application Package, available online the week of December 7, 2009 at www.sfrta.fl.gov/grants.html.

The application deadline is *Friday, February 19, 2010 at 12 p.m. Applications must be received by this time to be eligible for consideration. Applications found to be incomplete or received after 12 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2010 will not be considered for funding. Completed applications must be submitted to the SFRTA at 800 NW 33rd Street, Pompano Beach, Florida 33064.

For additional information, or to request the application in another format, please contact Natalie Yesbeck at 954-788-7957 or at JARC-NF@sfrta.fl.gov.




Posted November 24, 2009

Broward County Commission Appoints Kristin Jacobs To SFRTA Governing Board

The Broward County Board of County Commissioners has appointed Commissioner Kristin Jacobs to the Governing Board for the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, effective October 6, 2009. Commissioner Jacobs replaces former commissioner Josephus Eggelletion.

Commissioner Jacobs was elected to represent the people of District 2 on the County Commission in 1998. During her tenure on the County Commission, she served as Broward County mayor in 2005 and as vice-mayor in 2004.

Her first priority continues to be her work as an outspoken advocate for protecting Broward’s quality of life. Whether fighting for a common sense approach to growth-management planning, protecting our environment, securing fair wages for workers, creating attainable housing or creating a public transportation system that moves people, not cars, it is Broward County’s homes, families and neighborhoods she is working to sustain.

She has always been an ardent supporter of mass transportation as a means to ease traffic congestion in Broward County. She spearheaded the Community Bus Transportation Network, which connects neighborhoods to Broward County Mass Transit in more than 20 cities and was instrumental in obtaining support through the dedication of gas tax funds to establish this service. In 2005, Commissioner Jacobs presented a successful resolution to the Board of County Commissioners opposing the Florida Department of Transportation’s increase in high-occupancy vehicle lane travel restrictions by four hours a day.

Commissioner Jacobs believes that the welfare of our community is dependent on a healthy environment. While “going green” is a popular practice now, it was several years ago that she championed the NatureScape Broward and Water Matters initiatives. Each volunteer program promotes water conservation, wildlife habitat creation and pollution prevention through the use of Florida-friendly landscape practices. Her preservation efforts have earned her the James D. Webb Public Service Award from the Everglades Coalition for her outstanding contribution to the protection of the Everglades ecosystem. Commissioner Jacobs’ environmental leadership has also been recognized by the Florida Environmental Resource Agency, the Southeast Society of Environmental Engineers and the Broward County Audubon Society.

Commissioner Jacobs lives with her husband Stuart and their three children, Rick, Lauren and Mitchell in Pompano Beach.




Posted October 1, 2009

South Florida East Coast Corridor Study – Public Workshops

Phase 2 of the South Florida East Coast Corridor (SFECC) Study is developing a Master Plan of recommendations for transit service along the 85-mile project corridor. The study is considering which types of transit will function best, where stations will be located and what kind of station will best suit each location.

The study is being conducted by the Florida Department of Transportation, in partnership with the planning and transit agencies of Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. Please log onto www.sfeccstudy.com for dates and times of the various public meetings being held across all three counties. You can also utilize the contact information listed below for each county:




Posted July 24, 2009

Additional Stimulus Funds Awarded To SFRTA

Funds to Be Used In Purchasing New Locomotives

As part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Transit Administration announced on July 24, 2009, that the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority was awarded approximately $13.5 million in stimulus funds, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Categorized under Rail and Fixed Guideway Funds, this grant will allow the SFRTA/Tri-Rail to purchase a minimum of three new locomotives to be fully covered by federal funds.

This news comes on the heels of the FTA’s announcement on July 14, awarding the SFRTA/Tri-Rail $2.5 million in stimulus funds, under Urbanized Area Formula Funds, to be used for the purchase of one locomotive.

“This news couldn’t have come at a better time for our passengers who rely on our service for a better quality of life, and who deserve the enhancements that these funds will make possible,” said Commissioner Jeff Koons, Palm Beach County Commission board chairman and SFRTA Governing Board chair. “The SFRTA is once again extremely grateful for the unwavering support of the FTA, and although our fight for dedicated funding is far from over, support like this is always wonderful to receive and beneficial to the entire South Florida region,” said Commissioner Koons.

Aside from locomotives, the procurement of rolling stock, including 10 new cab cars and four new trailer cars, is currently underway; two cab cars are scheduled to arrive by the end of this year. Funding for this procurement is made possible by the FTA, Florida Department of Transportation and Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.




Posted July 13, 2009

SFRTA Governing Board Elects New Leadership

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority Governing Board elected Palm Beach County Commissioner Jeff Koons as chair and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno A. Barreiro as vice chair at the June 26, 2009 meeting. The commissioners will each serve a one-year term, beginning July 1, 2009.

Commissioner John “Jeff” Koons was first elected to the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners in November 2002 and was re-elected to his second term in November 2006, currently serving as board chairman. Known for his knowledge of transportation issues, Commissioner Koons has focused his efforts on improving transportation options, including rapid transit bus corridors and establishing a dedicated funding source for regional transportation projects. He has served as the chair of the Palm Beach County Metropolitan Planning Organization from 1993 - 2008. Commissioner Koons served on the Board of Directors in 1999 for the Regional Transportation Organization, which evolved into the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. Commissioner Koons has served on the Governing Board of the SFRTA since 2003, serving as chair in 2005 - 2006 and vice chair in 2004 - 2005 and in 2008 - 2009.

Commissioner Koons is a Board appointee to the Children’s Services Council, and as a nature enthusiast is involved in many greenway projects, including planning and implementation efforts for the North and South Everglades. Commissioner Koons attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and has resided in West Palm Beach since 1972.

Commissioner Bruno A. Barreiro served on the Tri-County Commuter Rail Authority Board of Directors from 2000 - 2003, and served as chair in 2002 - 2003 and vice chair in 2001 - 2002. Commissioner Barreiro was named to the SFRTA Governing Board in January 2006, and served as chair in 2006 - 2007 and again in 2007 - 2008, after being re-elected. He was first elected to the Miami-Dade County Commission, representing District 5, in June 1998. Since then, he has been re-elected for subsequent terms to represent constituents in portions of Miami and Miami Beach, as well as the communities of Little Havana, Downtown Miami and South Beach.

Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1992, Commissioner Barreiro represented District 107 until his election to the Miami-Dade County Commission. While serving in the House, Commissioner Barreiro chaired the Tourism Committee and served on the General Government Appropriations and Long-Term Care committees. Commissioner Barreiro served as chair of Miami-Dade County’s General Obligation Bond Committee and the Office of Public Transportation Management Subcommittee, as well as serving as vice chair of the Internal Management and Fiscal Responsibility Committee. Commissioner Barreiro served as chairman of the Board of County Commissioners in 2007 and 2008. Currently, Commissioner Barreiro serves as the vice chair of the Recreation, Culture and Tourism Committee, which oversees all matters concerning parks, culture and tourism-related activities in Miami-Dade County. He also sits on the Airport and Seaport Committee and Health, Public Safety and Intergovernmental Committee, as well as the State Intergovernmental Affairs Subcommittee.

Commissioner Barreiro attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida and is the president of BABJ Investment Corporation located in Miami, Florida.




Posted July 10, 2009

Stimulus Funds Awarded To SFRTA

Funds to Be Used In Purchasing New Equipment

As part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Transit Administration announced on July 9, 2009, that the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority was awarded approximately $2.5 million in stimulus funds, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Categorized under Urbanized Area Formula Funds, this grant will allow for the SFRTA/Tri-Rail to purchase one new locomotive to be fully covered by federal funds.

“The SFRTA is extremely grateful for the unwavering support of the FTA,” said Commissioner Jeff Koons, Palm Beach County Commission board chairman and SFRTA Governing Board chair. “To be able to tell our passengers last month that we were able to secure train service this year at current levels, and then to be able to now announce that we will be purchasing new equipment thanks to the strong show of support from our federal partners, helps me to believe we are on the right track.”

A second grant applied for by the SFRTA in the amount of $13.5 million under Rail and Fixed Guideway Funds, is still pending. If awarded, these stimulus funds would be utilized in purchasing approximately four additional locomotives. Aside from locomotives, the procurement of rolling stock, including 10 new cab cars and four new trailer cars, is currently underway; two cab cars are scheduled to arrive by the end of this year. Funding for this procurement is made possible by the FTA, Florida Department of Transportation and Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.




Posted June 26, 2009

SFRTA Governing Board Passes Amended Budget To Maintain Tri-Rail Service

The Governing Board of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority adopted an amended budget for fiscal year 2009 - 2010 this morning which will enable the Agency to maintain Tri-Rail’s current level of service. The budget goes into effect July 1, 2009, the beginning of the SFRTA’s new fiscal year.

The budget that was passed at this morning’s meeting uses the total county contributions to maintain service. The mandated amounts include $1.567 million for operations and $2.6 million in tax contributions. These amounts reflect a $3 million per county reduction over fiscal year 2008-2009 funding levels. The reduction was necessary due to reduced revenues, primarily property taxes, at the county levels. The Florida Department of Transportation has committed to match the counties’ contributions.

Tri-Rail will continue to run the full schedule of 50 weekday trains and 16 trains on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. If the amended budget had not been passed, Tri-Rail service would have been reduced to approximately 30 weekday trains and service on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays would have been eliminated.