Starting year 2019, the sales tax will be increased from 6% to 7% in Broward County, Florida. People voted for it to improve the Public Transportation System. I am anxious to see the result of the tax increase. We know most taxes go only one direction (UP) and hardly ever down, even during the best economic times. I do not think Governments practice saving money for rainy days.
For the last four years, I have been sailing overseas. As I had gotten rid of my car, whenever I visited my home in Fort Lauderdale, I often used Public Transportation. For long distance, I used Tri-Rail, Miami Metro, Brightline Fast Train, and 95 Express Bus. I didn’t take buses in Broward County because the route doesn’t work well at my location. Instead, I rode my bike a lot. When I had to, I rented a car. The problem with renting a car is the rental car insurance. It is too expensive. Renting a car only with a credit card insurance, I didn’t feel comfortable.Recently, I noticed there are more people using Tri-Rails. One day, the train was very crowded during a rush hour. I barely squeezed my bike in a designated space in a Tri-Rail. It is good to see more people using Public Transportation though. When more people using the system, I am sure it will be more convenient.
Among all, I think the best deal is “95 Express Bus”. (http://95express.com/express-bus/) It cost $2.65 from Fort Lauderdale (Broward Blvd/I-95) to Downtown Miami. It took 40 minutes in the morning leaving 7:15 am. The return trip around 3:50 pm, took 1 hour from Miami to Fort Lauderdale. There is an ample parking space (free) at the Broward Bus Stop.