Adopted resolution sponsored by Commissioner Sosa urges MDX to impose a moratorium on rising toll rates to avoid a 2019 rate increase while it reviews the process by which toll rates are established
In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, the Miami-Dade County Commission approved a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa aimed at halting a 2019 toll rate increase by urging the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) to impose a moratorium on rising toll rates while it studies the issue of rising tolls.
Recently, MDX adopted a resolution pledging that current toll rates shall remain in place without further increase while providing an exemption to increases pursuant to the Consumer Price Index beginning in 2019.
“A 2019 increase in toll rates would be yet another undue burden on the residents of this County who commute on MDX roads to earn a living,” stated Commissioner Sosa. “We need for MDX to put a moratorium on all future toll increases while it studies the process by which toll rates are established.” Commissioner Sosa added that, “The decision-makers at MDX need to engage the community in this important dialogue, sit down with the community, and listen to their concerns.”
“The residents of this community need alternatives for their transit needs before MDX tax them an extra penny,” affirmed Commissioner Esteban Bovo who cosponsored the resolution and Chairs the County Commission’s Transit & Mobility committee. “Rather than increasing tolls and forcing drivers to use neighborhood roads, MDX should come to the table and contribute towards quality mass transit that our residents desperately need.”
In a companion resolution sponsored by Commissioner Sosa, the MDX Advantage program earned the backing of the County Commission. MDX Advantage provides frequent everyday commuters of the MDX expressways the opportunity to earn up to $30 in rebates each quarter as well as a free discount card for use at participating retailers in Miami-Dade County, including Domino’s Pizza, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Jiffy Lube.
“MDX Advantage is a great way to help commuters get some money back for other day-to-day expenses,” said Commissioner Sosa in support of the program. “I urge MDX to continue expanding the Advantage program to help ease the burden on residents, especially seniors, students, and low & middle income residents.”
MDX Advantage is a free program to SunPass® customers who commute and travel on State Road 112-Airport Expressway; State Road 836-Dolphin Expressway; State Road 874-Don Shula Expressway; State Road 878-Snapper Creek Expressway; and State Road 924-Gratigny Parkway.