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File Number: 081541
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File Number: 081541 File Type: Resolution Status: Before the Board
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: RESOLUTION MODIFYING THE SCHEDULE OF TRANSIT FARES, RATES Introduced: 5/15/2008
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 6/17/2008 Agenda Item Number: 11A4
Notes: SEE FINAL VERSION UNDER FILE NO. 082125) Title: RESOLUTION MODIFYING THE SCHEDULE OF TRANSIT FARES, RATES AND CHARGES BY INCREASING THE FARES BY FIFTY CENTS FOR METROBUS, METRORAIL AND SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES AND BY ESTABLISHING AUTOMATIC FARE ADJUSTMENTS EVERY THREE YEARS CONSISTENT WITH MIAMI-DADE TRANSIT’S OPERATING COST INDEX (OCI) [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 081002]
Indexes: TRANSIT FARES AND CHARGES
Sponsors: Transit Committee
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 6/17/2008 11A4 Amended
REPORT: Agenda Items 11A1, 11A2, 11A3, 11A3 Supplement, and 11A4 were considered simultaneously. See report under Agenda Item 11A4 Amended (Legislative File # 082125). The foregoing resolution was bifurcated in order to pull out the portion regarding Special Transportation Services (STS). See Agenda Item 11A4 Amended for the amended version. (SPECIAL NOTE: The remaining portion of this resolution was assigned Legislative File No. 082148 and scheduled to be heard at the July 17, 2008 Board of County Commissioners meeting.)

Board of County Commissioners 5/20/2008 14A10 4 Day Rule Invoked
REPORT: Commissioner Martinez invoked the Four-Day Rule on the foregoing proposed resolution. Commissioner Sosa asked that prior to this item returning before the Board the County Manager provide each Commissioner with a list of all existing alternatives to modifying the schedule of transit fares, rates, and charges and a detailed report of the following: • the total revenue generated annually by the half-penny surtax over the last five years; • the total amount of approved allocations from the half-penny surtax revenues collected over the last five years; and • the total amount of half-penny surtax revenue that was projected to be used for the expansion of the Orange line. Commissioner Heyman asked the County Manager to provide a report on modifying the schedule of transit fares, rates, and charges by trip distance and regions for Special Transportation Services when this proposed resolution came back before the Commission. Commissioner Rolle asked the County Attorney to compare the ballot language for the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond (GOB) and the People’s Transportation Plan (PTP) elections, and to provide him with a legal opinion advising whether the County Commission acted consistently when considering modifications to the GOB and the PTP, that were not contemplated when the voters approved these initiatives.

County Manager 5/16/2008 Additions 5/20/2008

County Attorney 5/15/2008 Assigned Bruce Libhaber

Transit Committee 5/14/2008 2E Amended Forwarded to the BCC by the BCC Chairperson with favorable recommendation with committee amendments P
REPORT: Hearing no objection, the Committee considered Agenda Item Nos. 2C, 2D, 2E, and 2F simultaneously. Chairman Rolle and Vice Chairwoman Jordan noted that the foregoing resolution (Legislative File No. 081002) and Agenda Item 2E (Legislative File No. 080999) should be consolidated. He suggested that once consolidated, this proposal be amended to maintain the fare increase of 50 cents on Metrobus, Metrorail and Special Transportation Services (STS), the submittal of a methodology for future fare adjustments by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust (CITT), and the reference to the Operating Cost Index (OCI). Chairman Rolle also suggested that this item be amended to delete the reference to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), to change the reduced fare rate increases from $1.30 to $1.00, and to include efficiencies that Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) must incorporate. Concerning Commissioner Sorenson’s question as to whether the Transit Committee considered to imposing a nominal fee for senior citizen transit passes at its May 7, 2008 workshop, Vice Chairwoman Jordan noted that she asked Assistant County Attorney Libhaber to prepare legislation, sponsored by Chairman Rolle and herself, which would increase free riders’ fares from zero to 25% of the full fare and reinstate the Metromover fee of 25 cents. In response to Vice Chairwoman Jordan’s request for clarification on the process to be followed regarding this legislation, Assistant County Attorney Libhaber noted that the ordinance establishing the People’s Transportation Plan (PTP) contained language regarding fare free services of the Metromover and for Golden Passport holders. Consequently, Mr. Libhaber noted, the legislation sponsored by the Chairman and Vice Chairwoman must be prepared in the form of an ordinance. He further explained that Chairman Rolle and Vice Chairwoman Jordan’s proposed legislation could not be companion items or attached to the existing fare structure items, but must be prepared as separate ordinances and then placed on the County Commission’s agenda for consideration on first reading. During discussion regarding payment for transit passes on a monthly or annual versus on a per-ride basis, Vice Chairwoman Jordan clarified that the consolidated resolution noted earlier was not related to fare increases on the Golden or Patriot Passports and that appropriate legislation addressing these increases was forthcoming. Chairman Rolle asked that Citizen’s Independent Transportation Trust (CITT) staff incorporate into revenue and ridership projections for the next 20 years Commissioner Heyman’s concerns that in light of proposed technology for fare boxes which would involve purchases of identification cards, eligibility, and prorations, caution should be taken regarding permissive language that would allow transit riders to pay in advance for monthly or annual reduced fare passes; that some reduced fare riders could not advance sufficient funds to purchase monthly or annual passes; and that requiring payment on a per-ride basis instead may be better. Vice Chairwoman Jordan expressed concern regarding the compatibility of the CITT’s cost determinations with cost adjustments to be made every three years based on the OCI. Following discussion regarding Vice Chairwoman Jordan’s concern, Chairman Rolle requested that reference to the MPO and the CITT submitting a methodology for future fare adjustments be deleted from the consolidated resolution. Hearing no further questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing resolution as consolidated and amended. Chairman Rolle asked Assistant County Attorney Bruce Libhaber to remove any inapplicable attachments from the consolidated resolution. Chairman Rolle asked staff to prepare the appropriate memorandum requesting that the County Commission's Chairman waive the Committee's rules and allow the foregoing resolution to be heard at the May 20, 2008 County Commission meeting.

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION MODIFYING THE SCHEDULE OF TRANSIT FARES, RATES AND CHARGES BY INCREASING THE FARES BY FIFTY CENTS FOR METROBUS, METRORAIL AND SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES AND BY ESTABLISHING AUTOMATIC FARE ADJUSTMENTS EVERY THREE YEARS CONSISTENT WITH MIAMI-DADE TRANSIT’S OPERATING COST INDEX (OCI)

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 demonstrate to the federal government the commitment Miami-Dade County has for supporting the operation and maintenance of the existing and potentially expanded transit system; and
WHEREAS, this commitment to increasing revenues for Miami-Dade Transit makes it more likely that Miami-Dade County will receive federal financial support for the North and East-West Corridor expansions of Metrorail,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board, effective October 1, 2008, hereby modifies the schedule of transit fares, rates and charges as contained in the form attached hereto.

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 $2.00 1[[$1.30]] >>$1.00<< Free One
B. Metromover Free Free Free N/A
C. Transfer from bus to bus $0.50 $0.25 N/A 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 $2.00 [[$1.30]] >>$1.00<< Free One
F. Transfer from Metrorail to
Metromover Free Free Free N/A
G. Transfer from Metromover to
Metrorail $2.00 [[$1.30]] >>$1.00<< Free One
H. Metrobus Express/Special $2.35 [[$1.40]] >>$1.15<< 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* Two+
$1.00
K. Parking fee-special events and $10.00 N/A N/A N/A
Non-transit patron daily maximum

* The Golden Pass and Patriot Pass 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]] >>$3.00<<

Minimum Per Trip $3.00 N/A N/A N/A

III. Tokens

Package of ten tokens $19.50

IV. Prepaid Passes5

A. Monthly Transit Pass4 $100.00
B. Discount Transit Passes11 $50.00
C. Monthly Group Discount -1 to 4 passes6 $95.00
D. Monthly Group Discount – 5 to 99 passes6 $90.0 0
E. Monthly Group Discount – 100 or more Passes6 $85.00
F. Monthly College/Adult Education Pass7 $42.50
G. Monthly Parking Permit8 $ 6.25
H. Weekly Transit Pass9 $26.00
I. Discount Weekly Transit Pass11 $ 13.00
J. Daily Transit Pass10

V. Permits

Monthly Discount 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.
IX. All of the above rates, fares, and charges shall automatically be adjusted every three years, without the need for any further action by the Board of County Commissioners, in accordance with the average rate of the Operating Cost Index for Miami-Dade Transit for the preceding three years. Any adjustments in rates, fares, or charges made pursuant to this provision shall be rounded to the nearest five cent increment.


Footnotes:

1 Committee amendments are indicated as follows: words within double brackets are deleted, words within double arrows are added.

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 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 a 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 and $ 1.50 per discount 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 care 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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