Turnpike Public Outreach Meeting: “A Failure To Communicate”

Proposed SW 104th Street Express Toll Lane Ramp Next to Devon Aire K-8 School & Park.

Devon Aire Paren and Student holding sign against Killian express toll ramp next to school in KendallOn Oct 3rd a meeting was held in Kendall to inform residents about the Turnpike Enterprises plans to “widen” the highway south of Bird Road to Homestead (SW 216th Street).  Specifically, the meeting focused on a new “proposed” SW 104th Street express toll lane ramp on SW 104th Street (Killian Parkway) next to Devon Aire K-8 School and public park. The meeting was well attended with over 190 people present.  Also present were State Representative, Frank Artiles (District 118) and Cutler Bay mayor Edward Mac Dougall.  

Florida Turnpike Enterprise sign at OCt. 3rd meeting in Kendall.The Turnpike representatives gave their prepared presentation and then opened up the floor for public comment and questions. Many area residents, parents and concerned citizens came with the expectation that their questions would be answered.  But most were not.  Particularly noticeable was any effort to answer questions by some of the more informed participants.  At one point when local activist Jane Walker asked a direct question the turnpike representative in charge of the meeting refused to answer her saying Mrs. Walker sounded like a lawyer. Also present was Didi Jimeno, PTSA president at Devon Aire K8 School.  Her questions about student and pedestrian safety were not answered.  Mrs. Jimeno’s concerns are for the safety of school children and parents during the very busy morning drop off and afternoon pick up periods.

Five Things You Can Do to Advocate for your Community:

1.) Join the RollBackTolls.com e-mail list by using the “Join Our Mailing List” app on top right side of this website. We promise not to SPAM you or share your email with others, but we will keep you up to date on this project and others that will affect your traveling costs and quality of life.

2.)  Watch the un-edited videos of the Oct 3 meeting below and post comments on our YouTube channel.


3.)  “Like” us on Facebook, share the FB content and encourage others to do so as well.  https://www.FaceBook.Com/RollBackTolls Florida Turnpike staff checks our page regularly.

4.) Sign the petition if you agree that it is not appropriate to install a ramp near a sports field and K-8 elementary school.

5.) Encourage friends, family and neighbors to join you in these five steps.

I wish to thank Representative Frank Artiles, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary Ananth Prasad for advocating for another meeting with the Florida Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) and for the FTE representatives that attended the meeting at the Killian Palms Country Club on October 3, 2013.

We are determined to shine a light so that you can more fully understand how the Turnpike Enterprise is failing to communicate with you.

Thank you for being involved in your community.

Carlos Garcia,  RollBackTolls.com

PS Here are links to 2008 and 2013 project studies.

2008 Homestead Extension Florida Turnpike(HEFT) Widening Study

2013 SW 104th Street Traffic Study

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Turnpike Announces Public Meeting about Killian Parkway Ramp Project

Killian Oct 3 meeting flyer

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SIGN PETITION AGAINST TURNPIKE “EXPRESS LANE” RAMP ON KILLIAN PARKWAY

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF VERSION FOR RE-PRINT AND HANDOUT TO YOUR NEIGHBORS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

TURNPIKE FACT SHEET ABOUT PROJECT

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Killian Parkway Express Toll Lane Ramps

Killian Parkway Express Toll Lane Ramp Project

This shows the “proposed” new redesign of the Killian Parkway/ SW 104th Street overpass to allow for on and off access to The Turnpike’s new Express Toll Lanes.

The above graphic shows the Turnpike’s plan to modify the Killian Parkway/SW 104th Street overpass of the Turnpike to allow on and exit ramps for their new Express Toll Lanes Project.  As indicated, this re-design will only provide access to the north bound driver wishing to use the Express Lanes.  This project has already been approved by the MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) and is fully funded.  Construction is slated to begin in July of 2014.  Estimated construction cost is $26 million.

This project is part of the Turnpike Enterprise’s larger “Widening” plans and upgrades to the Turnpike.  To view the full presentation provided by Florida’s Turnpike click here to download the PDF.

A public hearing was held on on August 6th which we have heard was lightly attended by the public.

Concerns: Lowered pedestrian safety – Increased traffic to already heavily congested area(new signalized intersection) – Quality of life reduction for surrounding neighborhood, school and public park.

Florida Representative Frank Artiles letter to Florida Turnpike Enterprise and FDOT regarding Killian Parkway ramp

Florida Representative Frank Artiles letter to Florida Turnpike Enterprise and FDOT regarding Killian Parkway ramp

An on-line petition against this ramp project is available here for you to read and sign.

As in the past we wonder why so little public out reach was done.  Yes, newspaper ads buried in the Neighbors section of the Miami Herald and direct mailings to homes within 300 feet of the project are the bare minimum the FDOT guideline demands.  This needs to be updated!  And it should reflect the way people consume information in 2013.  Hardly anyone in the Kendall area knows anything about this Killian Parkway ramp redo.  If the Florida Turnpike Enterprise really wants to inform the toll paying public about it’s plans, it should use the Sun Pass email and text message database to perform a proper outreach campaign.

The people of Kendall are waking up!

The Florida Turnpike Enterprise is holding a public information meeting regarding the Killian Parkway Express Toll Lane Ramp October 3rd at 6 pm.  Location:  Killian Palms Country Club, 9950 SW 104th Street.  We encourage the community to attend and voice opposition to the project.

If you or your homeowners association would like to get involved, please contact us via-email at info@rollbacktolls.com

 

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State Representative Jeanette Nuñez letter to Rick Scott about MDX toll hike.

Thank goodness someone is paying attention to MDX.  We take a lot a satisfaction in knowing that  Roll Back Tolls has played a major role in casting a flood light on this organization.

Florida State Representative Jeanette Nuñez.

Florida State Representative Jeanette Nuñez, district 119.

State representative Jeanette Nuñez and the Dade delegation has stood up and taken notice of the fact that MDX listens to no one.  “Despite unanimous widespread public opposition with over three thousand petitions, dozens of constituent complaints, five local mayors, four county commissioners, one State Senator, and eight State Representatives, including myself, asking MDX to adopt the less costly $0.60 toll gantry, the motion failed on a 7-5 vote on June 18, 2013.”

Representative Nuñez goes on to point out that 4 of the 5 gubernatorial appointments voted for the toll hike on March 19th and again voted to maintain it when given the opportunity for a lower .60 cent option on June 18th.  Most concerning is that Carlos Fernandez-Guzman and Jose Hevia, both Rick Scott appointees, voted for the toll increase and against the lower option.  It is clear that Mr. Fernandez-Guzman and Mr. Hevia don’t share or represent Rick Scott’s vision of low taxes and low user fees.

Seven board members that voted for the hike, aka The Gang of Seven, did not listen to the people.  Not once but twice!  And we ask that Governor Scott take immediate action to replace member Gonzalo Sanabria as his term has expired in March.   He along with the other toll and spend “Gang of Seven” members will have left a legacy of massive debt and an unsustainable future for MDX and the driving public of Miami-Dade.

We agree with Representative Nuñez’s call that MDX board members should be elected and not appointed.  What happened on March 19th and again on June 18th should never be repeated.  Having a fully elected board would be a step in the right direction to end this tollation.  At least we can vote them out if they don’t represent what we the toll payers are asking for and can afford.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Fourth Of July Message From Roll Back Tolls

A Forth of July Message from Roll Back Tolls

A Forth of July Message from Roll Back Tolls

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State Representative Jeanette Nuñez – MDX is overstepping its boundaries

State Representative Jeanette Nuñez speaks out against MDX tollation.

State Representative Jeanette Nuñez speaks out against MDX tollation

 

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Letters from elected officials against MDX toll increase

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 MDX directors that voted for 54% toll hike

Meet the non-elected MDX directors that voted to impose a 54% toll hike while ignoring request from elected officials including Mayors, County Commissioners, State Representatives and a State Senator.  Oh and over 3000 signatures on our petition against toll increase.

 

 

MDX has received many letters in the past few weeks from State Representatives, Mayors, County Commissioners and State Senators against outrageous toll increase.

 

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Countdown to MDX Toll Increase Vote June 18th

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Sign Up for MDX Webinar about new proposed lower toll rate option.  

June 10th at 6 pm.

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MDX to hold public meetings about 50% toll rate increases on 836 and 112

Happy New Year!

Well MDX has big plans for the future.  And they include a 50% toll rate increase on 836 and 112.  Also, they will be implementing CPI (Consumer Price Indexing) for future rate increases on all MDX toll roads (874,878, 836, 112, 924).

Plus, they will be installing multiple toll gantries and collection systems on the full length of 836 and 112.  Exactly how they did on the 874 and 878 back in 2010.  So no more free rides for anyone that uses an MDX road.

Do you or anyone you know use the 836 or 112 expressways?  Please tell them about the upcoming public meetings.  See list below.

We need to organize and create a united voice against this “tollation”.  The MDX board of directors has the power to raise tolls without any input/representation from the public that uses their roads.  Is this fair? How do you feel about  MDX’s plan to raise toll rates on 836 and 112 by 50%?  Make your voice heard on our Facebook page. (http://www.facebook.com/rollbacktolls)

Please spread the word.  We cannot let them get away with this without hearing from the toll payers, you and me!

Subject: Important message from Miami-Dade Expressway Authority

MIAMI-DADE EXPRESSWAY AUTHORITY

Important changes are happening and we need your input.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC REVIEW WORKSHOPS. TO PROVIDE INFORMATION AND SOLICIT INPUT ON PROPOSED. OPEN ROAD TOLLING IMPLEMENTATION, TOLL RATES AND TOLL LOCATIONS ON SR 836/DOLPHIN EXPRESSWAY AND SR 112/AIRPORT EXPRESSWAY.

The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) will host a series of Public Reviews to provide the public an opportunity to obtain information and comment on the implementation of Open Road Tolling and future toll rates and locations for SR 836/Dolphin Expressway and SR 112/Airport Expressway. The Public Reviews are informal to encourage attendance at any time during the workshops, at the scheduled dates, times and locations indicated below. Parking is free at all locations.

// Tuesday, January 22, 2013 / 6-9 pm
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street / Miami, FL 33199
FIU Stadium Club
Enter Campus from SW 117th Ave. at SW 17th St or enter from SW 107th Ave. at SW 16th or 17th Streets. Entrance to Club between Gates 1-4 on the south side of the Stadium.

// Wednesday, January 23, 2013 / 6-9 pm
Wilde Community Center
5405 West 18th Avenue / Hialeah, FL 33012

// Wednesday, January 30, 2013 / 6-9 pm
Town of Cutler Bay – Town Hall
10720 Caribbean Boulevard, Suite 115 / Cutler Bay, FL 33189

// Wednesday, February 6, 2013 / 7:30- 9:30 pm
Salvation Army
1907 NW 38 Street / Miami, FL 33142

// Tuesday, January 22, 2013 to Wednesday, February 6, 2013

 

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Pinecrest Tribune Article on Public Town Hall Meeting Regarding Proposed Busway Express Toll Lanes Project

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