Hialeah State Representative Bryan Avila is introducing his bill to the house floor to abolish the MDX set up and freeze toll prices for 10 years!
Avila said, “This bill repeals the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, or MDX as we know it and replaces it with The Greater Miami Expressway Agency.”
Avila got the bill passed to abolish the MDX and setup a new agency in its place with a focus on consumer complaints about the tolls and their prices.
“The freeze on any toll increases for 10 years, I think that that provides a level of comfort and also of predictability in terms of toll rates for the next decade,” Avila said.
He’s also calling for the Florida sunshine rebate program.
“That rebate program is going to provide up to 25 percent back for every single one of those Miami-Dade County SunPass holders,” according to Avila
Now Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is totally against the plan in Tallahassee.....
For one thing, he’s concerned that the 25 percent rebate could hurt the proposed Kendall Parkway expansion plan.
“It shows me that they didn’t know what they were doing when they started out with this,” Mayor Gimenez said. “They didn’t know the ramifications of this bill. We now are seeing some ramifications.”
The mayor’s plan calls for combining the Turnpike in South Miami with MDX, to keep all the toll money here for local projects.
“Under my plan 100% of the money generate would stay here in Miami-Dade,” Gimenez said.
Avila’s bill passed in the Florida House is now making its way through the state senate.
A Senate floor vote is expected this week.