Community Newspaper $8000 palms 6-2012 Our toll dollars sure can buy a lot of trees from Manuel Diaz Farms! On the 874 in Kendall alone Miami-Dade Expressway Authority has “rubber stamped” another very expensive landscaping project. To the tune of $3,000,000.00(Tree Million). And of course every inch of land and space has been used by MD Farms to plant a tree, palm or bush.
While one can’t argue that the work does not look very nice, there are those South Florida toll payers that believe it is excessive. Especially in a slow economy with many people out In fact take a look at the full cost details and make up your own mind.
Years have gone by since MDX first started talking about a customer reward program or discounts for frequent users or students. And they have come up with zero. We have asked them to consider rolling back toll rates since they are taking in 25% more revenue with Open Road Tolling. Again, nothing but the same old lines about their indenture obligation with the bond holders. I wonder if MDX’s bond rating by Fitch or Moody’s would be affected if they did not spend all the money they got from the bond sale? Is that it? Or is some sort of backdoor deal going on here? This is Miami. Home of the kick back.
As a toll payer we would like to hear from you on this subject. Do you agree that MDX needs to spend $3 million dollars on landscaping a single toll road? Would you rather MDX put in more cost effective landscaping? Or would you prefer that MDX use the money to pay down it’s debt obligation or fund a user discount program? Or, do you feel this is a complete waste of money? Please leave a comment below or post it on our Facebook page.
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