Monday, January 16, 2012

MIAMI MARLINS SET TO BEGIN SEASON IN NEW BALLPARK YOU PROBABLY CAN'T GET TO



It would be surprisingly stupid if someone were to build a brand new ballpark, with limited parking, in a highly congested city, without having a concrete plan in place for those folks who didn't feel like sitting in a ridiculous amount of traffic only to have to park on a stranger's lawn.

Um... SURPRISE!...?

Just three months before the $634 million, publicly funded stadium’s April 4 opening, city and Miami-Dade County officials have secured none of several promised transit improvements.

Those range from new city trolleys to Metrobus shuttles from nearby Metrorail stations, as well as designated pedestrian and bicycle routes to the ballpark.

After more than a year of meetings between city and county officials and a transportation planner working for the Marlins, the transit blueprint remains little more than a wish list, hampered by lack of funding and the Marlins’ apparent unwillingness to help pay for improvements.

I'd like to imagine that the idiots involved will figure something out relatively soon—mostly because I refuse to believe grown men can ever be this stupid—so, as a fan, I wouldn't worry too much. But, the fact that someone even had the chance to write a two-page article about this situation probably doesn't inspire much faith.

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