I-95 Express Lanes Are Funneling Millions From Miami To Tallahassee

What happens to the millions of dollars that Miami commuters spend on those I-95 Express lanes, also known as Lexus Lanes? They are sent to Tallahassee, of course.

The lanes are generating millions in revenue every month, and the number continues to rise as Miami grows. In the recent month for which statistics are available (July 2017), they generated $2.8 million in tolls, or over $30 million annualized.

A small portion of the revenue funds commuter bus service from Miami to Broward. FDOT also needs to cover bonds used to pay the contractor that converted the existing public highway lanes into tolled lanes, at a cost of hundreds of millions.

The rest of the money is used to fund maintenance and repair of Florida’s highways. To sell the project, FDOT deceptively promised that the funds would be spent within the Miami district (of course since that cash is fungible, money is being diverted elsewhere in the state).

Earlier this year, one state lawmaker proposed that the tolls be removed after the bonds were paid off (that proposal didn’t move forward). Some local politicians have also suggested bonding the revenue to pay for mass transit.

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

the state of Miami is screwed over by Tallahassee again

MIAMI
3 years ago

State should be divided.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Go move to Puerto Rico.

anonymous
3 years ago

Agreed. I liked that idea a few years back in making South Florida a state and Miami its capital.

Nobody in the world cares about Tallahassee or that if that hick town even exists.

Marc305
3 years ago

This article reminds me of a client who called the office recently telling us she was moving to Miami. She had found a job in Brickell and wanted to live in Aventura. She said it would not be a bad commute because she had heard we had HOV lanes on I-95, when my agent told her that it cost around $11 per trip she said that was just a gross exaggeration and an attempt by us to have her move closer to Brickell. SMH…. I cannot imagine how it must feel like to commute like this everyday, the cost both in time and money is just horrible.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Maybe one day if the Coastal Link commuter rail is up and running… it would be nice, all those communities along US1 with quick/efficient transportation downtown. One can dream.

Anonymous
3 years ago

My grandsons (they are seven and 6 now) will bring their kinds to the Coastal Link inauguration party.

Anonymous
3 years ago

She could get a hybrid or get HOV decal

Justin
3 years ago

I commute to Miami from West Palm Beach three days a week for school and will pay whatever the price is to use the HOV lanes just to cut a little time off the commute. It adds up to over $100 a month for just three days a week!

Yohan Perez
3 years ago

you must be rich to throw away money like that

Marc306
3 years ago

Still don’t understand why these weren’t done like most express lanes around the country, where it is one-way into Miami in the AM and out of Miami in the PM. People pay $10+ to use the so called “express lanes” that move barely faster than the main line. Meanwhile, the opposite direction express lanes are empty. It’s such a waste and oversight, but what else do you expect in Miami?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Then you’d have to build real barriers, not flimsily plastic polls.

SImon
3 years ago

You don’t have to build anything. In Los Angeles, where express lanes operate in both directions, 24 hours a day, there are no barriers.

Anonymous
3 years ago

What am I missing? We have 24 hour bidirectional lanes as well.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah – northbound from 3:30 PM – you get nothing for $11 – it’s congested very bad. Southbound – if there’s an accident – also congested. The barrier jumpers have diminished after new poles have been installed.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Maybe if our local leaders were responsible with the money, it wouldn’t be the case. Do you seriously think the money would go to funding transit like Metrorail extensions?

Cato
3 years ago

Hopefully someone is going to figure out a theory of unconstitutionality and get this shit to stop.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Pretty sure the founding fathers didn’t put anything about toll lanes in the constitution.

Milo
3 years ago

Or abortion…or gay marriage but its protected by the Constitution.

Anonymous
3 years ago

SO GROSS.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Use the funds in the community they are generated in and for the greatest need, public transportation in Miami!!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

I guess saying *millions* makes for a much better headline than 3 million. Chump change.

marc
3 years ago

Every month

Anonymous
3 years ago

re read the article