Saturday, November 28, 2015

FDOT needs SunRail gut check

Tawny Olore
Time for SunRail Project Manager Tawny Olore, other FDOT managers and consultants behind SunRail to do a serious gut check.

Are they building SunRail as some type of an expensive engineering school project? Or are they building SunRail to serve the community?

This past spring when Ms. Olore welcomed members to the first SunRail Customer Advisory Committee meeting, she said “we built it for you all…” (Click here to see her exact words.)

Unless Ms. Olore’s words were just fluffy happy talk, why have she and her colleagues ignored repeated train schedule recommendations from the Customer Advisory Committee to increase ridership? (Click here for the committee’s recommendation.)

Instead, Ms. Olore and her FDOT team are pushing ahead with a train schedule change that will do nothing to attract hundreds of caregivers at Florida Hospital and ORMC and other early-morning workers.

Rafael Amaya, one of our Facebook fans wrote: “It’s as if they have a vested interest in seeing this fail.”

Sort of makes you wonder…

Ms. Olore and her team say they don’t have the money to adopt the schedule recommended by the Customer Advisory Committee. Funny, that’s the same reason they give for not providing weekend SunRail service even though that service is widely requested by the Central Florida community, and ending 2 hour service gaps during the weekday.

Nobody wants excuses from FDOT. Figure it out. Get it done. That’s your job.

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