With MDX Revenue Up 70% In Just Three Years, Commissioner Demands Funds For Rail

MDX revenue is projected to be $220 million this year, an increase from $130 million in 2014.

The increase comes from rising toll revenue.

Much of that money is being spent on a plan to ease gridlock on the Dolphin expressway and other road projects in the county, but Miami-Dade commissioner Xavier Suarez wants at least some of the money to be spent on mass transit.

In a letter yesterday to local representatives in Tallahassee, Suarez wrote that up to $50 million in revenue should be diverted to the MPO’s Smart plan, while all new road construction should be halted.

 

 

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marc
4 years ago

Why is he the only vocal commish? Where is everyone else? You’d think this type of dialogue would be taken up by all the local commissioners across the board.

Anonymous
4 years ago

The commissioner’s right, let’s use these funds from drivers on our toll roads to fund our Mass Transit! It’ll ease the traffic burden and will improve our gridlock.

Anonymous
4 years ago

We Need more people like this guy!!

Anonymous
4 years ago

I especially like the part where he says to cease and desist all current plans by MDX. Love it!

marc
4 years ago

I agree.

Gables
4 years ago

I agree with him, but my question is why did this take so long? It seems like all of a sudden commissioners are upset that the county has been using the 1 cent transit tax for purposes it was not intended and that MDX is making huge sums of money. Where were these voices for the past 10+ years?

Anonymous
4 years ago

I did an interview with Commissioner Suarez about the traffic in MDC and mass transit. He really wants to fix the problem and bring MDC to the 21st century. Hopefully other politicians can jump on board and ditch the endless miles of highway building which provides no solution

Polo
4 years ago

The MDX revenues are up because the are installing automated tolls everywhere they freaking whant to. As for easing gridlock, forget about it. They are busy building or planning “Lexus Lanes” (I95, the Palmetto, etc.) for the rich that can afford $10.00 to $15.00 during peak times, while the rest of us are in constant gridlock.

Anonymous
4 years ago

I agree with the commissioner. Miami’s population is growing and we need a huge mass transit plan asap!

Anonymous
4 years ago

The metro mover is awesome but other than that Miami public transit needs a lot of work

Anonymous
4 years ago

Are any of the smart plan corridor projects Metro rail extension ?

Anonymous
4 years ago

Yes, the East West Corridor will be an extension of the Metrorail via CSX tracks, but that could change depending if they are able to purchase the rail for fair market price and not the inflated figure CSX proposed after they got the hint that MDC wanted to use it for public transit.

Anonymous
4 years ago

It’s amusing because it isn’t as if all their road construction has provided much at all for anyone. If anything, it’s only more of a inconvenience being on the road and knowing that you’re about to enter a bumpy and uncomfortable area with lanes blocked off, and that only adds more traffic to the situation.

Now such a situation as a temporary setback is something people can live with for the long term greater good, but those of us who have been around long enough know that the county has absolutely failed at this. Red Road in Hialeah has been under nonstop construction work for the past 25 years! So surely with all that time, effort, and money it must be a true example of what a road ought to be? Nope, everyone groans when they have to take it because they know it’s going to be a mess that will take years off your car, and worse still, has always been one, and always will be with all that construction that doesn’t even seem to bring about much actual improvement. I’m sure everyone in Dade county can think of similar situations near them, and it’s total madness.

There’s no way to rationally justify it, and you get the unfortunate impression that the reason it continues at the expense of everyone else is because So And So’s cousin made a backdoor deal. These people in charge who will never understand how stressful it is to be stuck sitting in traffic when you have to arrive at work or another obligation at a certain time, because in their world they can show up whenever they want, utterly fail at their job, and still know that they’ll never deal with the consequences that anyone else would face.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Every one of those projects on that SMART Plan would be beneficial than more work to any MDX road. Also, of course MDX is in the black, you have to pay $1.50 to drive 3 miles in bumper to bumper traffic.

Edin
4 years ago

We don’t need any more, stupid road projects ,NO MORE HIGHWAYS, we need
MASS TRANZIT, like eny normal nations in
the world.I don’t want to drive on that ugly
95 down to Miami,that drive is total disaster,
it looks like apocalyptic road from Mad Max movies,.DO YOU PEOPLE TRAVEL ANYWHERE, do you watch Travel and National Geographic Shows on TV??????The WORLD is far,far in front of US,and we getting behind every year more.We are so proud to get a train to Orlando with a speed of 110 miles per hour,in same time trains in the world go 250 miles per hour.We are so happy to build 850 feet high,world is building 3 times higher. We can’t fix that miniature Brickell bridge,world is building 50 km long bridges and 30 km long tunnels.
Every big city in the world have observation
tower at least 1000 feet high,we have…oh never mind….nothing.
Wake up Miami or it’s going to be late for anything.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Those effing thieves at MDX need to go out and find a real job. Wonder what their salary and benefits package is.

Anonymous
4 years ago

It used to take me 1:15 to get from downtown Miami to Pembroke Pines during rush hours prior to the huge 836/826 interchange. It now takes me 1:15 minutes. This isn’t a typo.

Anonymous
4 years ago

If the extension to the airport is any precursor to how long this takes. We will be waiting till 2025.

http://www.micdot.com/timeline.html

Anonymous
4 years ago

I’m sorry but I have to disagree with the overall concept of the plan. I believe the smart plan will on benefit the southern have of the county and not the northern. The real smart plan should include parts of Broward county. If doesn’t make any sense to buit a system without crossing county lines.