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Call to end free rides on Miami Metromover

Posted at 9:27 AM, Apr 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-13 09:27:13-04

MIAMI (AP) -- A Miami-Dade County Commissioner is hoping to charge riders who use the Metromover, a fully-automated train system that ferries nearly 10 million passengers around Miami's downtown and Brickell neighborhoods each year.

The Miami Herald reports that Commissioner Barbara Jordan is expected to ask other commissioners during a meeting Wednesday to support letting voters decide in November whether to give up their free rides.

The rides have been free since 2002 because of a promise made to voters who approved a half-percent sales tax increase for local transit that year.

Jordan last year said it was unfair that Metrorail and bus riders pay $2.25, while Metromover passengers, many of whom are affluent, pay nothing.

The commissioner's office said Jordan wasn't available to comment on the details of her expected proposal.