Alejandra Agredo was only 17 but she had already accomplished an incredible amount. As the cofounder of Miami Riders Alliance and a tireless advocate for public transportation in Miami, she had developed an open source software solution devised to optimize Miami’s fractured transit systems. She also designed a new, practical EASY Card, showed up to county commission meetings, and hectored lawmakers and politicos into advancing public transportation solutions that would make Miami more livable.
Alejandra also struggled with depression, and on Nov. 26 she took her own life. We spent time discussing her legacy with her friend and colleague, Kevin Amézaga, fellow cofounder of Miami Riders Alliance. We talked about the unique challenges Miami faces in pushing rapid transit, buses, rail, and how to change culture and get our lazy asses out of our cars.
Learn more about Miami Riders Alliance at ridersmiami.org. You can also find them on Twitter and Instagram.
There will be a celebration of Alejandra’s life at Maspons Funeral Home at 3500 SW 8th Street on Saturday, December 7.
Music in this episode is by David Rosen.
Episode recorded at Unicorn Fire Radio studios.