An effort to roll back tolls on State Road 836 failed late Tuesday when the board of directors of the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) voted 7-5 to keep in place a higher toll rate approved in March.
Despite pleas from six elected officials and 17 community activists, the board voted against a motion to lower the toll rate to 60 cents from the 70 cents approved March 19. It goes into effect next year.
Board member Robert Holland, minutes before the vote, summed up the rationale for keeping the higher toll rate, which will be used to overhaul congested 836, also known as the Dolphin Expressway.
“We need to move goods and services,” he said, adding that many businesses probably have turned away from relocating to Miami because of its congested roads.