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Last week, Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams was elected chairman and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro was elected vice chairman of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA).
Abrams has been a member of SFRTA’s board since August 2010. Barreiro served on the board from November 2000 to July 2003, and returned in January 2006.
Abrams is the first SFRTA chairman to also be a regular commuter on Tri-Rail, which is operated by SFRTA.
“I have a passenger perspective,” Abrams said in a prepared statement. “I know first-hand what Tri-Rail means to the economy of South Florida when each day I join hundreds of workers, students, and tourists traveling throughout our region.”
Barreiro has served four terms as SFRTA chairman, first elected to the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners in 1988. He has long been a proponent of public transportation.
In 2002, he chaired the Transportation, Infrastructure and Environment Committee and sponsored a resolution for a half-cent sales tax to improve mass transit services as outlined in the People’s Transportation Plan.