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Breakdowns, staffing part of growing Miami Metrorail safety concerns

Posted on July 14, 2017

Miami-Dade
Miami-Dade

MIAMI — According to a state report citing a “growing concern for safety,” mechanical problems and staffing shortages at Miami-Dade’s Metrorail system have led to a substantial decrease in working cars, the Miami Herald reports.

The Florida Department of Transportation assessment, which comes amid complaints about Metrorail service and funding cuts, describes a rail system suffering from vacant positions, chronic equipment failures, and a lowering of standards that have left commuters to wait longer for Metrorail cars to arrive.

When state inspectors visited Miami-Dade in late 2016, they concluded the county needed 84 working Metrorail cars a day but that mechanical problems left only 72 that could be deployed for service. State inspectors returned in late June and found Miami-Dade’s daily goal was to have only 60 Metrorail cars in service. For the full story, click here.

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