Construction on Express Lanes Start on Turnpike from Killian Drive to Sunset and beyond.

Tollmageddon Hits Kendall

Electronic road sign“Major impacts are anticipated on Kendall Drive, where traffic will be shifted and lanes will be narrowed for extended periods as the entrance ramps to the Turnpike are reconfigured.”

The Florida Turnpike Enterprise announces construction of northern leg of their Express Lane widening from Killian Drive (SW 104th street) north to Sunset Drive (SW 72nd street).  The highway will be widened from  6 lanes to ten lanes to accommodate new express lanes (aka Lexus Lanes) on the inside portion of the road.

A small but important victory for Roll Back Tolls and the Kendall/Devon Aire community.

Last year Roll Back Tolls was instrumental in organizing a heavy opposition to the Florida Turnpike’s proposal to build an express lane access ramp at the Killian Parkway overpass next to a school and residential homes.

Turnpike notice about express lane construction in Kendall.

Carlos Garcia with State Rep. Frank Artiles

Carlos Garcia with State Representative, Frank Artiles at Oct. 3rd Turnpike meeting in Kendall.

With the help of state representative Frank Artiles and former FDOT secretary Ananth Prasad, a terrible idea was defeated.  We continue to thank representative Artiles for listening and representing his constituents.  Also, we commend former FDOT secretary Prasad for his access and engagement during this process.

Our group was able to expose that the FTE had done little to no research on the safety and traffic impacts to the Devon Aire K-8 school, surrounding neighborhoods and general West Kendall area.

We are thankful that common sense and logic prevailed in this instance.

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County Commissioners Pass Resolution Asking MDX to Freeze Tolls and Eliminate CPI (Inflation) Indexing of Toll Rates.

Finally!  Our county commissioners are engaging on the massive toll hike by MDX and the financial impact it is having on individuals, working families and businesses in our county.

This resolution (R-355-15) asks MDX to freeze toll rates or reduce toll rates(Roll Back Tolls).  It also calls for MDX to eliminate CPI inflation indexing of toll rates.  Yes!  Something we have been asking for since MDX approved it in 2013.   Watch video below.

You can click the image of the resolution below to see the full resolution.

County Commission Resolution R-355-15

 

MDX board votes on CPI Indexing March 19, 2013

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Miami-Dade Mayor Asks Miami-Dade Expressway Authority To Reduce Tolls

We are happy to see Mayor Carlos Gimenez, asking MDX to reduce the recent toll increases.  Yes, please roll back the tolls MDX!

Mayor Carlos Gimenez letter to MDX asking them to reduce tolls

We understand that the mayor has no direct authority or power over MDX.  But it is good to see him using his bully pulpit to bring attention to this important issue.

Read Miami Herald columnist, Fabiola Santiago’s post on Mayor Gimenez’s “populist” about face.

 

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MDX announces toll cash back dividend refund program

At yesterday’s MDX board meeting the board unanimously approved a new refund program that amends the recently launched MDX Advantage frequent user program.

Users would need to sign up between July 13 and August 30, have a Sun Pass account in good standing and spend a minimum of $100.00 per year on MDX tolls.

Read the full press release here.

We commend the MDX board and in particular, Maritza Gutierrez the outgoing chair, for listening to the public and coming up with creative solution to “roll back” toll rates for users.

Watch video presentation by MDX’s head of finance, Marie Schafer, explain in detail how the new cash back dividend refund program works.

Read the Terms and Conditions of the Cash Back Dividend Program here.

Here are some comments from the public about the Cash Back program.

 

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It’s Time SunPass Gives Users The Information They Deserve.

The SunPass State

 

For over three years Roll Back Tolls has lead the charge in asking Sun Pass, the electronic road toll collection agency, to update it’s system to modern standards.   As a high tech  company, they should not have any barriers to providing better transparency and full cost disclosure to users.

Sun Pass users should easily know exactly how much they are actually spending in tolls on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis.

Stop Dumbing It Down

Origianl Sun Pass TransponderRemember the original Sun Pass transponder that beeped every time you paid a toll and showed the amount of the toll on a LED screen?   You could even see your current balance right from the transponder.  Call me old school, but I like knowing how much I’m paying for something.  The modern Sun Pass transponders don’t beep and do not give any information like the original did and this is where the problem exist.  Today, we know exactly how much we are paying for everything.  Go to Publix and by a gallon of milk, bam, there’s the price.  Receive your property tax statement, you get a line by line detailed explanation.   But travel on most toll roads in Florida like the Turnpike and you are left guessing how much you just paid.   Next time you take the Turnpike to Disney in Orlando  or down to Homestead see if you can easily find out how much you just paid in tolls.   Heres a hint, you’ll need a calculator and access to your Sun Pass account.

Neither the Sun Pass App or the on-line account give you a running total of how much you spent in tolls.  It does give you the individual cost of each toll but no total.  You literally have to add it up yourself if you want to get a total.  Why?  Is Sun Pass afraid that people may alter their driving habits if they actually knew how much they are paying?  Users have a right to know in an easy modern manor how much they are paying.

Our suggestions for  a better user experience.

Update the Sun Pass app and on-line account system to give users the option of receiving an e-mail summary of usage.  This could be on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.  The email should give the total paid in tolls for the selected time period.  This could also be sent to users via text message when users are not driving.  Todays mobile devices can detect when you are stationary and not moving at a high rate of speed.

New users should be given the choice to opt-into receiving this information.

When these updates are implemented, hopefully sooner than later, all Sun Pass users should be notified of these new options and should be allowed to opt-in for this information.

If Sun Pass tolling is going to be the method of choice for paying for transportation infrastructure in Florida then we need to know how much we are actually paying.

 

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SIGN PETITION TO GIVE VOTER APPROVAL FOR NEW TOLLS AND TOLL HIKE IN FLORIDA.


Lets put an end to “Tollation”, tolling without representation. #tollation

Sign the petition that would require all tolling agencies in Florida to seek voter approval for new tolls and future toll increases.  This petition initiative seeks to get the issue on the November 2016 ballot in Florida.

Just 5 easy steps:

1.  Download the petition by clicking on this link.

2. Print out the petition

3. Fill out the petition.  Please be sure to include your name, address, voter registration number or date of birth, signature and the date your signed the petition.

4. Mail the completed petition to:    PO Box 3051,   Miami, FL  33283

5.  Email your friends and family and encourage them to sign the petition.

Please post on your Facebook and Twitter pages and ask your friends and followers that are Florida registered voters to sign the petition.

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March Is Toll Payer Awareness Month

March is Toll Payer Awareness Month

We are asking that all toll payers and Sun Pass users total up their toll bills (individual and house hold) for the last 90 days and send a copy to our elected officials.  You can log in on line at www.sunpass.com  or call 1-888-865-5352 and speak with customer service for the information.  If you no longer can afford to drive on a toll road in town, tell your elected representative how this has impacted your daily commute and quality of life.   Below is an email list.

Governor Rick Scott – rick.scott@eog.myflorida.com
Florida House Speaker, Steve Crisafulli, steve.crisafulli@myfloridahouse.gov
State Rep. Jeannette Nuñez, jeannette.nunez@myfloridahouse.gov
State Senator, Anitere Flores – flores.anitere.web@flsenate.gov
Miami-Dade Mayor, Carlos Gimenez – mayor@miamidade.gov
County Commission Chair, Jean Monestime, district2@miamidade.gov

In and effort to bring more awareness and education about the money you pay, the tolling agencies that collect tolls and how these agencies use your toll dollars, we bring you this new initiative. Things you will learn:

• How to log into your Sun Pass account and total up how much you are actually paying.

• Download the Sun Pass app to your smart phone.

• Learn if any portion of your tolls may be deducted from your taxes.

• How to petition Sun Pass to update their system to send you e-mail and or text message notifications for toll usage/cost summary.

It is time to wake up our elected officials to the reality that MDX and their non-elected board is out of touch with the economic hardships of daily commuters that need the roads simply to get to work.  And to make them aware of the secondary impact “toll avoidance” is having on our county roads and communities from drivers that can no longer afford to take MDX roads.

Additionally, please sign our on-line petition demanding that MDX “Roll Back Toll” rates for drivers just as they did for the truckers.  Don’t believe MDX when they say it can’t be done, because they already did it!  Watch the video.

We have to keep the pressure on high and make this one of the top issues in next November’s elections for local and state positions.

If you know someone who would be interested in receiving this information please ask them to sign up on our e-mail list on http://rollbacktolls.com/join-our-email-list/

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MDX board “Rolls Back Tolls” for truckers.

In a very surprising move the board of directors of MDX (Miami-Dade Expressway Authority) approved a measure to effectively “roll back tolls” for truckers on all MDX toll roads in Miami.   Below is a video of MDX’s director, Javier Rodriguez explaining the new “rolled back” toll rate for truckers.  This new lower toll is in effect for truckers on all MDX toll roads.  Truckers must have a valid Sun Pass transponder and account to qualify for these reduced rates.

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Statement from MDX on new “roll back” of toll rates for the trucking industry in Miami-Dade.

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Sign Petition to Roll Back MDX Toll Hike

Its time to stand up and say what must be said.  The toll payers and daily commuters should not be expected to pay 54% higher toll for worsening traffic conditions on the Dolphin 836 and Airport 112 expressways.  MDX has said that they could raise enough money for improvements with the previous per mile rate of .11 cents while implementing their new ORT (Open Road Tolling) system to capture tolls from all users of the system.

Come and make a public comment at MDX board meeting.

MDX board meeting Dec. 9th, 2014

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Watch Video Below Where MDX Director Acknowledges That Improvements Could Have Been Done Without Raising The Toll Rates on the 836. 

Video of Jim Defede Show with MDX

 

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Tollmageddon in Miami

Tollmageddon is HERE!  #tollmageddon

Take action! Call your elected official now!

call list against MDX toll hike
Tollmageddon on SR 836 in Miami-Dade

Watch CBS4’s Jim Defede confront MDX director on toll hikes. (fast forward to 5 min mark for interview)

Just In Time For Christmas  – Less Money For Shopping, More Money For Big Government Tolling.

New, much higher and more frequent tolls are set to go live November 15 on the Dolphin SR 836 and Airport SR 112 expressways.  Most if not all on and exit ramps will be tolled and new main line tolling points will charge commuters.  A total of seventeen (17!) new tolling points on the Dolphin expressway will allow MDX Miami-Dade Expressway Authority to capture revenue from every single user no matter how short your trip is.

New Toll Rate Charts

How much will the new tolls cost you?  Use the charts below to find out.

new SR 836 toll rates

 

112 new tolls

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As an example, someone from the Doral or Fountainbluea area that uses the 87th Avenue ramp to work in downtown Miami today pays $1.00 for the round trip.  That same movement will cost a whopping $3.40 starting November 15.  That’s an over 300% increase folks!  That would amount to $68.00 a month just to use the Dolphin Expressway.

Meet the non-elected MDX board members that voted to increase tolls on March 19, 2013.

MDX directors that voted for 54% toll hike

Non-elected MDX directors that voted for 54% toll hike and ignored all elected Mayors, Commissioners, State Representatives and a State Senator.

* It’s worth noting that Board member Robert Holland (appointed to MDX by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners) phoned in the deciding vote that fateful day on March 19, 2013.   And also note that Mr. Holland did not file his financial disclosure reports,  as required by state statutes, for six years.  Then he claims his former accountant moved to the Turks and Caicos Islands and has his financial records.  Did our board of county commissioners not vet this individual before re-appointing him to MDX?!   The public gives a big vote of no confidence to our commissioners on this one.  Everyone should demand that he be removed from the MDX board immediately.

Watch this video of the actual vote taken March 19, 2013.  At the 35 second mark, note that the vote is tied at 6 against the hike and 6 in favor of the hike.  Then, the secretary ask if Mr. Holland is still on the line, then he states over the phone that he says “yes” in favor of the toll increase.  So the decisive vote was “phoned in”?  How was that even legal and binding?

 This Is Tollation – Out of control tolling without representation

Should we continue to allow non-elected board members to have the power to levy toll hikes without consequences?  Most people are shocked to learn that this is the case with Miami-Dade Expressway Authority’s board of directors.

And when we went to individual commissioners to speak about MDX, the overwhelming response was that they could do nothing.  How could they say such a thing when they as a collective board have the responsibility and power to appoint MDX board members?  And sadly, the majority of county appointees voted in favor the the 54% toll hike March 19, 2013 and again negated a second vote the following June on a small concession of lowering the the main line tolls from .70 cents to .65 cents.

Here is a video of our Mayor, Carlos Gimenez speaking at the Kendall Federation of Homeowners, where he promises Carlos Garcia of Roll Back Tolls that he would organized a meeting with MDX, our group and he and his staff to discuss the tolls.  After numerous calls and emails to the mayors office, no reply at all.

Call Your County Commissioner.

Here is a contact info list for our county commissioners.  Click link to populate list.


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