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Locals Protest New Palmetto Express Lane Tolls

Florida Department of Transportation Officials have said there is no cap on the tolls, and the price will change depending on traffic flow.

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    Toll Lanes Open to Protests on Palmetto Expressway

    NBC 6's Amanda Plasencia has the latest info for drivers - as well as what those opposed to the changes are saying.

    (Published Monday, Sept. 23, 2019)

    If you have been enjoying the free express lanes on the Palmetto expressway, enjoy them while they last, because starting Monday they will cost you.

    Florida Department of Transportation Officials have said there is no cap on the tolls, and the price will change depending on traffic flow. But, FDOT says the minimum drivers can expect to pay is 50 cents.

    That is not going over well with people like Chris Wills. He is the leader of the No More Tolls Movement. For him, the Palmetto is the last highway in Miami-Dade county without tolls.

    "They're literally using our cars as ATM's," Wills says.

    He and dozens of others in the community led a demonstration on Saturday - hoping to garner enough signatures to put a stop on heavy tolling in the county.

    Northbound and southbound express lanes between west Flagler street and NW 154th street will be affected by the change, as well as Interstate 75 from the Palmetto expressway to northwest 170th street.

    "We could see 12 dollars or even higher than that," Wills says. "We have to send a message as a community, that we're not going to stand for it."

    FDOT officials say not to use the express lanes unless it is necessary.

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