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File Number: 050696
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File Number: 050696 File Type: Ordinance Status: Before the Board
Version: 0 Reference: Control: County Commission
File Name: ORD AMENDING ORD 99-138 TO INCREASE TRANSIT FARE RATES Introduced: 3/14/2005
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 4/5/2005 Agenda Item Number: 7A
Notes: SEE 051069 FOR FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED Title: ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 99-138 TO INCREASE TRANSIT FARES, RATES AND CHARGES; AUTHORIZING SUBSEQUENT REVISIONS TO THE SCHEDULE OF TRANSIT FARES, RATES AND CHARGES ATTACHED TO SAID ORDINANCE BY RESOLUTION IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 2-150 OF THE CODE; AND PROVIDING SEVERABILITY AND EFFECTIVE DATE [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NOS. 050528 AND 050671]
Indexes: TRANSIT FARES AND CHARGES
Sponsors: Dr. Barbara Carey-Shuler, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 4/5/2005 7A Amended
REPORT: See Agenda Item 7A amended-Legislative File # 051069.

County Attorney 3/14/2005 Assigned R. A. Cuevas, Jr. 3/14/2005

Regional Transportation Committee 3/10/2005 1F1 Amended Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation with committee amendment(s) P
REPORT: Chairman Gimenez recognized Commissioner Barbara Carey-Shuler, as the sponsor of the foregoing proposed ordinance. Hearing no objection, the Committee considered the foregoing proposed ordinance out of order. After no-one appeared in response to Chairman Gimenez’ call for persons wishing to be heard, the public hearing was closed and the Committee members proceeded to discuss this ordinance. Assistant County Attorney Abigail Price-Williams pointed out that the accompanying item distributed to the Committee members was a supplement. Commissioner Carey-Shuler provided an overview regarding the intent of the foregoing ordinance, which she noted as proposed this ordinance would result in an increase to the current base fare for Metrobus/Metrorail from $1.25 to $1.60, increase monthly passes by 25 percent, and increase other charges and fees as delineated in agenda item 1F1 Supplement No. 2. Commissioner Carey-Shuler noted the projected revenues generated from the proposed fare increase was $8.6 million in the current fiscal year beginning May 1, 2005 and $22.2 million from October 1, 2005 to September 30, 2006. Assistant County Attorney Robert Cuevas advised that the proposed ordinance would be amended to include the amount of revenues to be generated by the proposed fare increase; to include the Schedule of Transit Fares, Rates and Charges reflected in the attachment to Agenda Item 1F1 Supplement No. 2; and to revise the Fare Schedule effective May 1, 2005. Mr. Steve Reich, Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), University of South Florida, appeared before the Committee. He noted at the request of Miami-Dade Transit (MDT), CUTR conducted a comparison of the bus/rail fares for Miami-Dade County and the top 20 transit systems within the United States. He noted the comparison indicated that the proposed fare increase would be consistent with other comparable cities. It was moved by Commissioner Heyman that the proposed ordinance be forwarded to the County Commission with Committee amendments. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Sorenson for discussion. Commissioner Heyman expressed concern that as proposed, the fare for senior citizens would remain free while the fare for Special Transportation Service (STS) riders, many of whom were physically and mentally challenged, would increase by $0.70. She recommended this ordinance be amended to provide that the fare for Miami-Dade County senior citizens be $0.50, and the fare for STS riders be $3.00 in lieu of $3.20. After Chairman Gimenez pointed out that free ridership for senior citizens was included as a commitment in the People’s Transportation Plan, Commissioner Heyman requested that the fare increase for STS riders be increased $0.50, rather than $0.70 as proposed. She noted she would work with the Office of Strategic Business Management to identify a funding source for STS. Commissioner Sosa stated she could not support the proposed ordinance. She suggested the County Administration explore the possibility of pursuing a dedicated revenue source for public transportation from the State of Florida. Commissioner Sosa stated she could not support any fare increase to STS riders. Commissioner Sorenson requested that the County Administration provide her with a report outlining the projected revenues to be realized if the two cents for the Local Option Gas Tax (LOGT) was reinstated, and the possibility of these revenues being targeted as a revenue source for Miami-Dade Transit. Commissioner Heyman concurred with this request. Chairman Gimenez stated he would support a fare increase of $l.50 because the Transit System was subsidized to a large extent. However, he would not support a fare increase to STS riders. Commissioner Carey-Shuler asked that Chairman Gimenez support this ordinance as Chairman of the Regional Transportation Committee, and noted she would amend it to address concerns regarding the fare increases. Following further discussion, the Committee amended the foregoing proposed resolution to provide that the base fare for Metrobus or Metrorail be increased to $1.50, that the fare for STS remain at $2.50 per trip, that the revenue projections be adjusted and the Miami-Dade Transit Schedule of Transit Fares, Rates and Charges become effective May 1, 2005.

Board of County Commissioners 3/1/2005 Original item adopted on first reading Regional Transportation Committee 3/10/2005

Legislative Text


TITLE
ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 99-138 TO INCREASE TRANSIT FARES, RATES AND CHARGES; AUTHORIZING SUBSEQUENT REVISIONS TO THE SCHEDULE OF TRANSIT FARES, RATES AND CHARGES ATTACHED TO SAID ORDINANCE BY RESOLUTION IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 2-150 OF THE CODE; AND PROVIDING SEVERABILITY AND EFFECTIVE DATE

BODY
WHEREAS, this Board has conducted a public hearing on the need to increase transit fares, rates and charges; and
WHEREAS, an increase in such fares, rates and charges as contained in the form attached hereto will provide nearly $25.4 million in additional revenues for the operation of the Transit System, including Metrobus, Metrorail and Metromover through 2006,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, as follows:
Section 1. The Miami-Dade Transit Agency Schedule of Transit Fares, Rates and Charges attached to Ordinance No. 99-138 is hereby revised effective May 1, 2005, to be as provided in the form attached hereto.
Section 2. Ordinance No 99-138 is further amended to provide that the schedule of transit fare, rates and charges attached hereto may be revised prospectively by resolution as provided by Sec. 2-150 of the Code of Miami-Dade County.

Section 3. If any section, subsection, sentence, clause or provision of this ordinance is held invalid, the remainder of this ordinance shall not be affected by such invalidity.
Section 4. This ordinance shall become effective ten (10) days after the date of enactment unless vetoed by the Mayor, and if vetoed, shall become effective only upon an override by this Board.

OTHER
ATTACHMENT 1

MIAMI-DADE TRANSIT (MDT)
SCHEDULE OF TRANSIT FARES, RATES AND CHARGES

I. Cash Fares1
Miami-Dade
County
Base Reduced Senior
Fare Fare2 Citizens3 Tokens

A. Metrobus or Metrorail $1.50 $0.80 Free One
B. Metromover Free Free Free N/A
C. Transfer from bus to bus $0.50 $0.25 Free N/A
bus to rail, or rail to bus
D. Transfer from bus to mover Free Free Free N/A
E. Transfer from mover to bus $1.60 $0.80 Free One
F. Transfer from Metrorail to
Metromover Free Free Free N/A
G. Transfer from Metromover to
Metrorail $1.60 $0.80 Free One
H. Metrobus Express/Special $1.85 $0.90 Free One+
$0.25
I. Metrobus Shuttle $0.25 $0.10 Free N/A
J. Parking fee-daily maximum $4.00* 4.00* 4.00* Three
K. Parking fee-special events and $10.00* 10.00* 10.00* N/A
Non-transit patron daily maximum

* The Golden Pass and Patriot Passport holders are entitled to purchase a monthly parking. The reduce fare patrons must purchase a discount monthly pass in order for them to buy a monthly parking permit.

II. Special transportation Service Fares Rate Equal to $2.50.

Minimum Per Trip $2.50 N/A N/A N/A

III. Tokens

Package of ten tokens $14.50

IV. Prepaid Passes5

A. Monthly Transit Pass4 $75.00
B. Discount Monthly Transit Passes11 $37.50
C. Monthly Group Discount - 1 to 4 passes6 $70.00
D. Monthly Group Discount - 5 to 99 passes6 $67.50
E. Monthly Group Discount - 100 or more Passes6 $65.00
F. Monthly College Student Pass7 $56.25
G. Monthly Parking Permit8 $ 6.25
H. Weekly Transit Pass 9 $ 19.00
I. Daily Passes10

V. Permits

Reduced Fare Permit2 $ 0.65

VI. Special Event Fares-round trip fare is payable in advance. This service is free to patrons who present a Monthly Transit Pass or a Golden Passport. Discount fares do not apply.

A. Park and Ride
1. 0 to 4.0 miles $ 5.00
2. 4.1 or more miles $ 8.75
3. Sleep and Ride Service $18.75

B. Special Event Shuttle -- Round Trip $ 1.25



VII. Charter Fares

A. Non-Holiday Rate
1. First four hours $340.00
2. Hourly rate for each additional hour $ 56.00

B. Holiday Rate
1. First four hours $500.00
2. Hourly rate for each additional hour $ 87.50

C. Special Event Rate
1. First eight hours $1,125.00
2. Hourly rate for each additional hour $ 87.50

VIII. MDT may establish other rates based on costs; promotional discounts may be authorized by the Miami-Dade Transit Director as limited by Section 2-150 (c) of the Miami-Dade County Code.


Footnotes:


1 Under certain circumstances, lower fares may be charged on public bus transit service development and transit corridor projects if they comply with provisions of Florida Statutes, Section 341.052(2)(b).

2 Applicable at all times on Metrobus and on Metrorail when using the Monthly Discount Fare Permit. Those patrons entitled to reduced fares are: a) youths through grade 12 with proper student identification, b) persons with disabilities as defined by MDT rules and have a MDT Reduced Fare Permit, and c) seniors 65 and above who do not have a Golden Passport, but have a Medicare card (not Medicaid) or MDT Reduced Fare Permit or government-issued photo identification.

3 Applicable at all times to permanent Miami-Dade County citizens age 65 and above who display a valid Golden Passport. Replacement of a Golden Passport costs $5 for the first replacement, $20 for the second replacement and $50 for the third or more replacement. Fees are waived when a police report listing the Golden Passport as stolen is submitted. Golden Passports are issued only to Miami-Dade County citizens age 65 and above. Misuse of a Golden Passport will result in forfeiture of its use for one year.

4 Promotional discounts may be authorized by the Transit Agency Director as limited by Section 2-150(c) of the Miami-Dade County Code.

5 MDT may issue other prepaid media with price and rules determined from other portions of this rate schedule.

6 As restricted by Ordinance 86-45.

7 Sold only in bulk quantities to participating colleges, universities, or vocational/technical education centers within Miami-Dade County for individual sale to full-time students only, as restricted by Ordinance 88-83.

8 Available only when purchased in combination with a monthly pass except for Patriot Pass, Golden Passport and MDT employees who may purchase monthly parking permits without purchase of monthly pass.

9 When weekly passes sold to hotels as part of a promotional effort, hotels will be allowed to retain $3 per weekly pass sold.

10 Daily Passes sold to students up to Grade 12 will be $1.50; non-students or students above Grade 12 will be $3.00.

11 Available to any Medicare recipient (must show Medicare card at time of purchase), qualified people with disabilities, and Miami-Dade youth in grades 1-12 (with a valid permit/ID)



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