Governor Signs Law That Disbands MDX, Restricts Use Of Half Cent Surtax

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law last week a bill that likely means the end of the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority.

Tolls on the major highways in the Miami area will remain, and will be overseen by a new agency called the Greater Miami Expressway Agency (GMX) with more control from Tallahassee.

Tolls will not be able to be raised for a decade unless under special circumstances, and even after that any increase will require a 2/3 vote from the GMX board. A toll rebate program of 25 percent for Sunpass users will also be created, and tolling points will need to be positioned at least five miles apart.

A 15-mile extension of the 836 expressway into Kendall may be killed as a result of the toll restrictions, an analysis showed, although the author of the bill was in favor of the new highway, the Herald wrote.

New restrictions will be placed on the use of the half-percent sales surtax, with the goal of using more of those funds for mass transit construction than currently. Little new mass transit has been built since the surtax was enacted as funds were diverted maintenance and roads.

The surtax restrictions aren’t as severe as initially proposed though, and some of those funds could still go to local municipalities for road construction and for operation and maintenance of existing transit.

MDX is requesting a court injunction to prevent the new law from going into effect.

(photo: transit alliance miami)

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suomynona

OH HAPPY DAY!

MDX can quit wasting transportation funds on more and more construction while this County neglects public transportation (rail)?!

The Dolphin extension might be dead?!

I’M SINGING IN THE RAIN!

Anonymous

> The Dolphin extension might be dead?!

No, probably not. Look who’s been appointed so far to the board. Pro highway anti-transit folks.

Anonymous

Who are they?

Anonymous

Tax us to death

Anonymous

Say thank you to Ronny D 😉

Anonymous

Better build two-car 30 mph, Metromover extensions where Tri-Rail and Metrorail would better serve instead… and bike lanes right in the middle of four-lane highways!

Anonymous

Really, boy genius? Do you think Tallahassee is going to allocate money differently?

Anonymous

Eroding Dade’s Home Rule power is never a good thing. Do some research on that before you praise this development.

Suomynona

People on here constantly complaining about MDX. Then MDX gets what’s coming to them and weirdos come out if the woodwork to defend MDX?

Where were you before?

Anonymous

They should allocate all that extra money in letting everybody have a free unicycle instead of spending it on rail… I think….

Anonymous

As long as the huge toll money cash cow doesn’t slow down, who cares. Loads of cash for developers to built signature bridges, etc. Good times ahead for us!

Anonymous

The word is “build” not built.. and where did you get your information that “developers” build signature bridges?

Anonymous

Look how smart you are that you caught a spelling error.

Anonymous

You, and the people who gave you thumbs up votes, are really clueless.. the spelling is correct, it’s just that the wording is wrong. But, since you’re so smart, how about an answer to the question.

Anonymous

What kind of dimwit thinks road construction awarded to private companies does not generate private profits? Before posting, forum members should prove they have at least a smidgen of critical thinking skills.

Anonymous

“Loads of cash for developers to built signature bridges”

“What kind of dimwit thinks road construction awarded to private companies does not generate private profits?”

Okay Trump.. I’ll clarify this for you just this one time. When they award a contract to a “Construction Company,” that’s what “Construction Companies” do, construct whatever the “Developers and Architects” want!!! Developers and Construction Companies are two different things.

Gee Donald Trump, I thought that even you would know these things. But, you did say that during the revolution, you know, the war with England, “The Revolutionary Army” took over the Airports and Airforce.”

I wonder Mr Trump, do you really have at least a “smidgen of critical thinking skills?”

Anonymous

If you don’t see the inter-reliance between these interests then you are as stupid as you appear to be. Btw, what kind of asshole starts making political attacks? Oh yeah, you do!! What an asshole! What is your real problem? Air it out here.

Anonymous

Hey Trump, is that the way you respond to everybody?

Oh, I forgot, you don’t respond to Russian hookers like that when they’re peeing on you and you don’t respond like that to strippers that you’re cheating on your wife with.

Anonymous

I should off noun that someone would cash that.

Anonymous

Wondering if anyone in Tallahassee knows what mass transportation and how large Metropolitan areas function.

Anonymous

These lifer county commissioners should be hold accountable for the pilfering of the half cent tax into other issues than expanding the metro train.

These lifer politicians don’t get into complicated issues that may be difficult to resolve. They just want to get easily re-elected.

Anonymous

“Tolls on the major highways in the Miami area will remain, and will be overseen by a new agency called the Greater Miami Expressway Agency (GMX) with more control from Tallahassee.”

Well, what the heck, I vaguely remember a report that came out saying that some of the money that MiamiDade residents were paying in these toll lanes were being spent in other cities in the state of Florida anyway. So this sounds like the powers that be in Tallahassee are just doing this to cover their asses.

Anonymous

No, the money has always stayed here.

It’s just a power grab. The State and legislatures for some reason like to preempt and take as much control from local governments as possible.

Anonymous

It is satisfying to see the state government take over the abuse from MDX. MDX now feels the same pain of the power grab they imposed on the citizens. MDX was self serving. RIP and take note!

Anonymous

More like a money grab by Tallahassee.

Anonymous

Or to take more power “for the greater good”

Anonymous

As long as they are not using funds collected in Miami Dade tolls to build a highway in Jacksonville or other Florida areas.

Anonymous

Everyone happy about this is an A-hole. you’re never going to get your metrorail expansions out west or further south nor north, they dont care about you, they dont care about the drivers stuck on west, they surely had no problem sending pushing the urban boundries past 137 ave, so they F everyone that moved out there.

Lyin' Ted

Another example of Tally sticking its nose in Miami-Dade biz…be careful what you wish for because at least MDX answered to the county. Now we have a bunch of folks who have nothing to do with Miami that will be making decisions about our roads. This follows on the amendment (that passed) in the last election that would effectively ban Miami-Dade from having a chief of police (common in most major cities) and instead have an elected Sheriff that doesn’t answer to the city government. These are decisions based on Republican ideology…they want to remove as much autonomy as possible from urban areas so that more rural legislators can exert influence. Beware!

Anonymous

Yes because the local leadership has done such a great job with our roads

Anonymous

They also gave people from any and every insignificant part of the state the power to stick their noses in Miami-Dade’s biz concerning casinos.

Anonymous

Exactly right.

Miami

This new Governor De Santis is amazing. Good work. The MDX is making someone very rich with its crimes. And, that extension into the Everglades is a disgrace.

Anonymous

STFU that extension is needed.

Anonymous

Good riddance. MDX was unresponsive to the needs of the community. It served the interests of the construction companies and lobbyists. Additionally, years ago the MDX board increased the toll burden of West Miami-Dade residents years ago when they reconfigured tolling on the 836 while doing zero to ease traffic congestion. This made them enemy number one of various Republican state legislators including Jeannette Nunez who now serves as Lt. Gov. Over the past few years they proved they could do nothing to fix traffic in their corridors and yet they continued to increase tolls to cover new construction projects that again would do nothing to ease commute times. The latest Kendall Parkway proposal was a giveaway to well-connected land developers in West Miami-Dade and would have done nothing to ease commute times for the residents of the area. Instead, residents would have been faced with the same perpetual traffic they already encountered on the Turnpike and 836. Mayor Gimenez did nothing in his 8 years in office to make commutes for West Miami-Dade residents easier. Near the end of his time in office he proposed a terrible idea to elongate the traffic jam on a new parkway. He proved… Read more »

Anonymous

But what did you win? you sound like a western resident and you are still going to have your tolls exactly how they and no extension, they havent even had the f-ing decency to make the exit at 137 at least to take you to 8 st to ease that traffic there, they f-ing cant even make two lanes turn right on the 8 st. F them, F everyone at this poing, Desantis doesnt care either.

Anonymous

Any South Floridian who applauds this is extremely short sighted and uninformed. This is the next chip away at Dade’s Constitutionally-endowed Home Rule power. This just centralizes control away from us. Bad news.

Anonymous

What males you think Miami-Dade govt has been doing such a great job?

Anonymous

Miami keeps rising as a global capital for business, commerce, and luxury, the firm said.
what a joke!!! global, hehehe
no transportation, no talent, no salaries, full of 3rd world mentality politicians
hehehe

Anonymous

Wow now FDOT can run rampant through Miami….stop giving the government more power

Anonymous

Agreed – that’s how I see it as well. At least all highways being created are paid for by the suburbanites and those who use the highways.

Now general fund dollars will be used and we’ll all pay whether or not we use these sprawl inducing highways.

Anonymous

people downvoting this don’t pay attention to government overreach — thought Ron was a Republican

Anonymous

That’s why it’s called the “RepubliCON” party.

Afi K. James

and you think the democons are better, they are now called the illegal alien party.

Anonymous

You mean like the kind of illegal aliens that Trump paid under the table money to, to do work on some of his buildings in NYC?

Anonymous

Awesome revelation! Can you give us the names of these people? And please share copies of the contracts with us all. Thanks boo!

Anonymous

Why should I take my time doing that for you? Trump is your god… do some research on your savior for a change.

Anonymous

Local gov was failing so state stepped in

Anonymous

The icon of an ear of corn between the proposed 836 extention is pretty hilarious, as if it’s implying building another freeway is totally not going to turn it into more sprawl.

Tax payer!!!

This is just more of the same first the ppl vote for metro rail extension that would help dade county with this traffic fiasco the renege say no forget what the ppl want lets do busses when we have all the money from our tolls to pay for project i drive from nw 7 street to sw 87 ave toll to get on toll before im even a quarter to my destination toll in half way point toll before i get of and toll at exit but we can’t fix public transportation BS!!! Mdx dmx abcdefg X stop with the nonsense

Anonymous

I just want to know one thing,

DO WE GET TO, NOT PAY, THE MDX TOLLS THAT WE HAVENT PAID, THUS RESULTING IN NON RENEWAL OF REGISTRATION????? BECAUSE I DEFINITELY WANT MY REGISTRATION RENEWED!!!

Anonymous

Great, more of Miami-Dade money going to pave main street in Celebration, Florida

Anonymous

I actually want to see the Kendall expansion, if they’ve keep the current urban boundaries. The residents down there need relief.

Ps I don’t live there but I’m not greedy lol

Anonymous

They won’t keep the boundaries, they never do. They would have use it as justification for more sprawl as soon as they would have finished.

Anonymous

the boundries were kept in broward, look at the sawgrass its a masterpiece.

Anonymous

Terrible example, they sprawled right up to the edge of the sawgrass expressway, they can’t go any further and are now building 25-30 story towers at sawgrass mills mall. This highway has no build zones seperating the highway and UDB and that zone will quickly disappear once the highway is built JUST LIKE THE SAWGRASS it’ll be filled in….

AndrewN

Restricting tolls to every five miles on a toll road is the most ludicrous thing I have heard of. Toll road are called toll roads because you are supposed to pay tolls to drive on them. When I moved here 5 years ago and learned parts of the dolphin could be driven on for free, I thought it was crazy. I thought it made sense that they fixed the issue.

I am not saying there are no issues with MDX, but tolling points was not one of them.