Confusion Reigns Between MDX and Governor Scott on Resumption of Tolls After Hurricane

Miami Herald reports, “In an interview, Mario Diaz, spokesman for the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, described a confusing back-and-forth between state transportation officials and the local agency” over when the agency should resume charging tolls in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. According to Diaz, FDOT contacted MDX Director Javier Rodriguez Friday morning, October 7, and said he should email a request to lift the toll suspension that had been ordered to facilitate metro Miami evacuation. “When MDX sent the requested email, Diaz said, ‘we were told no. We never really wanted to make that initial request,’ he said. ‘But we were asked to make it so they could consider it.’”