Last week the Sun Sentinel urged Gov. Rick Scott to veto Florida DOT's plan to increase the $7 cap on I-95 express lane tolls. Doing that would destroy the effectiveness of the very mechanism that is benefitting about 2 million motorists and over 100,000 express bus passengers per month.
Think back to the perpetual gridlock that faced drivers and bus riders every morning and afternoon on I-95 in Miami. Both the carpool lane and the regular lanes were in stop-and-go conditions every rush hour. But today morning rush-hour speeds average 48 mph in the regular lanes (versus 15 mph pre-express lanes) and 64 mph in the express lanes (versus 20 mph before).