MiamiHerald / Expanding Metrorail largely depends on Washington contributing hundreds of millions of dollars in transit aid, making U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao the key player in the ongoing drama over how to fix Miami’s gridlock woes .
On Tuesday, she called a press conference in Miami and deftly avoided providing any good news.
“Resources are an issue. It’s a resource issue for all of us,” Chao said during a press conference at Miami International Airport, flanked by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Mario Diaz-Balart, the Republican congressman pleading with county leaders to help him secure federal rail dollars. “From the whole country’s point of view, the needs exceed the resources.”
The Gimenez administration cited transit cuts in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget as one reason for proposing a high-tech bus option for northern and southern corridors out of Miami instead of extending Metrorail. Esteban “Steve” Bovo, chairman of the County Commission, led the board to reject that option and pursue far pricier rail expansions on the two routes .