Tri-Rail changes coming down the trackby John Kennedy | March 2nd, 2012
South Florida’s Tri-Rail board would be reshuffled, the rail line could expand to Monroe County, and its administration could be privatized, under a provision ready for a House vote next week.
An amendment tacked on Friday to a sweeping transportation bill (HB 1399) would turn the nine-member South Florida Regional Transportation Authority to a 10-member panel, with Gov. Rick Scott authorized to appoint four members. The bill earlier created an 11-member panel, with Scott naming five.
The agreement also addresses the Governor’s desire to privatize Tri-Rail. The authority’s executive director, Joseph Giulietti said that in order for privatization to go through, two-thirds of the board has to vote for it.
“We are encouraged to be moving in a direction that we can work together,” he added.