Sun Trolley “Writes” Reporter Mike Mayo’s Wrong Remarks

On March 20th the Sun Sentinel published Mike Mayo’s scathing article that knocked the Sun Trolley and the WAVE Streetcar Project. We fought back by having one of our most valued passengers submit a letter to the editor to right Mayo’s very wrong facts and figures. Thankfully the letter was published on April 10th. Check it out!,0,6643194.story

Alfonso Quiton: Give Sun Trolley, Wave Streetcar a shot

By Alfonso QuitonApril 10, 2013

The Sun Sentinel recently published Michael Mayo‘s column about Broward County‘s $142-million transit project, which was negatively aimed at the Wave Streetcar Project, but also questioned the popularity of the Sun Trolley, a free trolley service that’s covered the same loop for a decade and has been hard-pressed to attract more than a couple hundred riders a day.

The column failed to adequately describe Sun Trolley, a public transportation system I have been using for the past four years. I see a lot of fellow passengers utilizing the Sun Trolley each day and know that the trolley has not maintained “the same loop” for the past decade.

Just this year, the Neighborhood Link Route was added to help people travel from Fort Lauderdale to Plantation, where agencies such as the Department of Children and Families are located. Earlier this year, Broward Health‘s Imperial Point Hospital was added as a stop on the Galt Link Route to accommodate patients in need of services.

I checked with the Sun Trolley staff and they provided me with the following information:

In the month of February alone, Sun Trolley had more than 42,000 passengers across all seven of its routes — an average of 1,500 riders per day.

Specifically, the downtown Fort Lauderdale route averages 20 passengers per hour. The minimum requirement to retain funding for a community bus is 7.1 passengers per hour. Sun Trolley is far exceeding that.

I urge the reporter to take another look at some of the nation’s most popular cities, such as Portland, New York and Chicago, all of which offer public transit systems. And yes, while the Wave Streetcar Project and Sun Trolley are not the whole solution, they are most certainly a step in the right direction for South Florida.

Alfonso Quiton is a resident of Fort Lauderdale.