The MDX, also known as the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, voted to update all the tolls on the 836 and the 112 to all electronic and toll-by-plate systems, much like the Turnpike and the Don Shula/Snapper Creek Expressways down south. And with the change to multiple toll checkpoints throughout each expressway, your regular trips through those routes will definitely increase.
Commuters will have some time to adjust to the changes and the additional costs. “The toll plazas will start coming down on 112 and 836 later this year,” said MDX spokesperson Cindy Polo. “That process will last for about a year, and the full conversion to electronic tolling will be in summer of 2014,” she added.
According to the Authority, 55 percent of drivers are paying for the whole system, but with the addition of 17 new tolling places, they can spread the costs. The money will fund $420 million in projects on those roads.
The decisions reached at Tuesday night’s met with some vocal opposition. “We cannot be silent anymore about this tax,” said Carlos Garcia, co-chair of the grassroots watchdog group RollBackTolls.com. “This is a road tax. It’s not a toll, it’s a road tax.”
Garcia is hoping more people fight these changes. “We have an online petition against this toll rate increase. We’re asking people to go to the website, sign the petition, be involved,” he said.
Rollbacktolls.com has accumulated about 1,400 signatures so far.