Express toll lanes to begin on I-95 in Miami

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) - The state's much-maligned express lanes experiment
on Interstate 95 in Miami-Dade County is set to begin.

The toll lanes replacing the existing car pool lanes on a seven-mile stretch of I-95 entering and leaving downtown Miami will begin charging drivers Friday at 6 a.m. The fee for using the lanes will fluctuate from 25 cents to $6.20 based on traffic volume.

Already, the route has been criticized for causing a series of accidents as motorists unaware of the changes used the lanes before
the state began charging vehicles.

The move to toll lanes instead of car pool lanes also has been criticized as catering to wealthy drivers.

Registered hybrid vehicles, three-plus car pools and all buses and motorcycles can use the lanes for free.

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