Free Rides on Downtown Miami Metromover Train Will Continue

A proposal to end free rides on a commuter train that runs around downtown Miami and increasingly glitzy high-rise neighborhoods died on Wednesday after being debated in a transportation committee.

The proposal was being pushed by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan.

The Miami Herald reports that Commissioner Jordan has said it's unfair for Metromover's 10 million annual passengers to ride for free while lower-income passengers on other rail and bus services pay fares starting at $2.25.

Metromover rides have been free since 2002 when voters approved a sales tax increase for local transit. Other transit initiatives such as a rail system expansion were promised to voters but never materialized.

Resistance to the proposal was strong Wednesday, and it didn't make it to a committee vote.

County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has opposed any Metromover fare.

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