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The End Of Miami-Dade’s Toll Board? DeSantis Signs Law Dissolving The MDX

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ALEXIA FODERE
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EL NUEVO HERALD
A view of the new toll system of Snapper Creek Expressway, one of five toll highways managed by the Miami Dade Expressway Authority.

The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority moved closer to death Wednesday night when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill dissolving the toll board that’s been a target of Miami politicians for years. MDX lawyers have already sued trying to invalidate the legislation, which creates a new toll board to take the MDX’s place.

Even if a judge refuses to intervene, motorists shouldn’t expect big changes anytime soon on the 836 or the other four expressways owned by the MDX. The law backed by two Miami-Dade Republicans transfers the existing Miami-Dade Expressway Authority staff, expressways and financial structure (including toll rates) into the hands of the new Greater Miami Expressway Agency.

“The people of Miami-Dade County have made it clear that the MDX transportation authority has needed reform for some time and I am pleased to sign HB 385 into law,” DeSantis said in a statement. “I appreciate the Miami-Dade legislative delegation’s commitment to providing toll relief to their constituents and ensuring that government agencies act in the best interest of the communities they serve.”

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.