Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 051069
   

File Number: 051069 File Type: Ordinance Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: 05-69 Control:
File Name: ORD AMENDING ORD 99-138 TO INCREASE TRANSIT FARE RATES Introduced: 4/12/2005
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 4/5/2005
Agenda Date: 4/5/2005 Agenda Item Number: 7A
Notes: THIS IS FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED. (also see 050696) 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, 050671 AND 050696]
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

County Attorney 4/15/2005 Assigned R. A. Cuevas, Jr. 4/12/2005

Board of County Commissioners 4/5/2005 7A Amd Adopted as amended P
REPORT: Commissioner Carey-Shuler provided brief comments regarding the intent of the foregoing proposed ordinance. Mr. Steve Rice, University of South Florida Center for Urban Transportation Research, appeared before the Board and provided transportation statistics. Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) Director Roosevelt Bradley provided a brief report on the rationale behind the transit fare increase in this resolution, which led to discussion regarding the People’s Transportation Plan. Commissioner Souto spoke in opposition to this resolution. Commissioner Carey-Shuler recognized Congresswoman Carrie Meek, City of Miami-Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson, and union representatives, whom she noted were present in support of this resolution. Following discussion regarding gas increases, a transit fare increase, federal support, options for transit, projected financial loss to MDT, impact on the working class poor, transit systems in other communities, a $20 million/year deficit, provisions for veterans, the disabled, and social security recipients, and payment of current and past debt, Assistant County Attorney Cuevas read an amendment into the record to incorporate the schedule of fares attached to the County Manager’s supplement. Following brief dialogue regarding operational deficit, Commissioner Gimenez said he would be asking County Attorney George Burgess and Mr. Bradley to consider how to make transit operations more efficient and less costly. Commissioner Gimenez stated that the Regional Transportation Committee would reduce recurring expenses as much as possible. Following discussion regarding ridership subsidies; social security, costs to the user versus the taxpayer, Medicaid Social Security recipients, veterans and the disabled, and the effect on the working class, Chairman Martinez asked that staff consider how to eliminate or reduce the recurring expenses associated with the implementation of this proposed ordinance. Mr. Bradley and Ms. Mayra Bustamante, Miami-Dade Transit Deputy Director of Administration, addressed questions/comments from commissioners regarding the transit fees and the impact of these fees on the elderly, the disabled, the working class and/or taxpayers. Commissioner Carey-Shuler spoke in support of this resolution as it pertained to the deficit and compared MDT with transit in other areas of the country. Hearing no other questions or comments, the Board voted on the foregoing proposed ordinance.

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 to the County Manager's Supplement to this item.
Section 2. Ordinance No 99-138 is further amended to provide that the schedule of transit fare, rates and charges attached to the County Manager's Supplement to this item 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.



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