As part of her successful “Work Days” program designed to provide invaluable insight into the day-to-day challenges of small businesses in her district, and to ensure that county government operations run on a cost-effective basis, Miami-Dade Commissioner Lynda Bell recently toured the William Lehman Metrorail Operations Center to evaluate its daily activities.
“As chair of the commission’s Internal Management and Fiscal Responsibility Committee [Budget], it is my responsibility to ensure that county residents get the most value for their government services,” Commissioner Bell said. “By keeping most of the county’s rail system’s maintenance work housed in this general operations facility, county residents literally save millions of dollars each and every year.
“The dedicated staff at the Lehman Center guarantees that our county’s Metrorail system runs as smoothly and as efficiently as possible. Any problems that may arise are dealt with as quickly as possible to ensure that any disruption in rail service is kept to an absolute minimum.”
The Miami-Dade County Transit Department operates the 14th largest public transit system in the United States, and runs 24.2 miles of elevated rail track with a fleet of 136 heavy rail vehicles. With an annual ridership of 1,515,462 residents and visitors, the department ensures that its passengers travel in relative comfort and safety.
The William Lehman Metrorail Operations Center, named after former U.S. Congressman William Lehman, maintains most of Metrorail’s vehicle inspections and in-house repairs of vehicle components. The center also is responsible for the performance and corrective maintenance on traction power equipment as dictated by approved maintenance procedures and schedules.
For more information on Miami-Dade County’s Transit and Metrorail System, visit the department’s website at www.miamidade.gov/transit/.
If you are a business owner and want to invite Commissioner Bell for a “Work Day,” or if you want more information on the program, contact Commissioner Bell’s office at 305-378-6677.