A well-known voice among Miami-Dade policymakers and advocacy groups involved in transit, Alejandra used her Twitter feed to demand better from the county’s transportation system and showed up at city halls and county meetings to press her case in person. Her command of transit policy and wry takes on its failings and potential in Miami-Dade County earned the attention of government and nonprofit leaders.
In October, she launched a new nonprofit, the Miami Riders Alliance with a stated mission to unite Miami’s bus, train and bike riders in a fight “for safe streets and reliable transit.” For fun, Alejandra would take round trips from her Coral Gables Senior High School on county buses and Metrorail trains to absorb more details about how Miami-Dade moved people. “She would ride transit to ride transit,” said Kevin Amézaga, also 17 and a fellow founder of the Riders Alliance. “She just liked seeing how the system worked.”
Among Agredo’s side projects were a redesigned county transit pass with a mini rail map she created, and developing open-source software to track all of South Florida’s transit options, including city trolleys, Tri-Rail and Brightline. The early phases of that effort are available at wayline.co a website with an application she developed. “Wayline will reinvent South Florida commutes,” the site states. “Get out of your car.”
“She didn’t want people to be left out of life because they didn’t have access to transit,” Amézaga said. “She really liked the idea of connecting everybody in Miami, because we’re all the same.”
News of Agredo’s death became public Saturday, prompting a string of praise and remembrances from county officeholders, community activists and everyday transit riders who became fans of Alejandra's Twitter account.
“This is truly sad news,” Miami-Dade Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo, a 2020 candidate for county mayor, wrote on Twitter. “When having a conversation with Alejandra about transportation, transit or housing, I knew I had to be prepared.” Fellow commissioner and mayoral candidate Daniella Levine Cava wrote of Alejandra: “She was well on her way to making incredible contributions locally and beyond. I mourn for the loss of this bright light and pledge to act in her memory.”
If you consider her ideas and value the huge amount of dedication and time she invested in building her non-profit and writing her application please donate to allow her team to keep working on it. Thank you so much for reading. Her family and those who ride trains and buses will really appreciate it. Thank you.
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