Miami Metrorail: Leave the Driving to Us, Please

To jostled and jaded riders of New York City's subways, the clean and comfortable Miami Metrorail system may seem just about perfect. But in many respects, Miami's four-year-old, 20-mile elevated rail system is a $1 billion study in poor planning. When the system was designed in the late 1970s, Dade . County officials decided to run the rails from downtown to the southern part of Miami, where they expected growth. But most new building occurred in the north and west. At the same time, cost overruns and federal budget cuts knocked out plans to extend the rails into those parts of...

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