Carlos Gimenez proposes merging Miami-Dade toll road operations

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is proposing to state lawmakers a state-produced merger of toll road governance in his county.

Gimenez laid out proposals to merge the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority and ownership and operation of the Homestead Extension of the Florida Turnpike in a letter, obtained by Florida Politics, he sent late last week to state Sen. Manny Diaz and state Rep. Bryan Avila, both of Miami.

The letter mentions conversations they’ve been having and appears to be a plan to end longstanding political squabbles about how toll roads in the county are planned, financed, and operated, and how tolls are set — squabbles that also helped inspire legislation those two lawmakers are pushing this year.

Gimenez’s March 22 letter proposes the state creation of a new agency called the Transportation Authority of Miami-Dade, which would take over ownership and operation of both toll roads operated and under development by the expressway authority and those under the Homestead Extension of the Florida Turnpike, which is under the Florida Department of Transportation. The new agency would be governed by local elected officials.

“Let’s merge MDX and the Homestead Extension of the Florida Turnpike and change the governance and financial structures, for the

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