Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Souto proposes recharge stations along M-Path

Anticipating the day when electric cars will begin to replace gas and diesel vehicles on Miami-area streets, County Commissioner Javier Souto is calling for a study of county properties that might be used as recharging points. As possible locations, Souto suggests county parks, the South Dade Busway, and the Metrorail right-of-way into downtown Miami. I'll be eager to hear how that will go over with bicyclists, joggers, and youth sports leagues who are using those spaces in increasing numbers. As an avid user of the M-Path, in the shadow of the Metrorail, I'm certainly not enthusiastic about inviting cars into that space -- even if they were electric. So here's another idea: Rather than build on our too-scarce public green space, why not repurpose some of the empty gas stations around town?

The Souto proposal is on the agenda for the June 13 meeting of the County Commission's Regional Transportation Committee. The group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the commission chambers, 111 NW 1st St.

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