We actually do not have enough highways that are designed practically. I believe this is the problem. I read an article the other day where the average commute in Miami-Dade County is 69-80 minutes. My commute to work is over an hour (and I have a flexible schedule where I get to leave at 4:30). The government is too busy building pointless express lanes that take away from the existing right of way. These new roads are taken away from current highways, reducing the lanes for travelers. How does this make it any better? My opinion is that there should be more focus at better designing roads to alleviate bottle necking and backups rather than creating more express lanes.
I believe the local government is more into creating express lanes rather than making things more functional (I-75 express to join palmetto express lanes but once Palmetto has express lanes you will lose right of way). Florida is known to have one of the best roads in the country. Most of that is due to the ability to self fund projects. About 30% is really federal funds. Everything else is local and state taxes. Tolls also go to SunPass (Turnpike) which is a semi private enterprise. FDOT and local agencies don’t really get much out of tolls either. So why is it that it costs $6 to go one way on the Dolphin expressway when people need to use it everyday? 95 express lanes can go up to $15, one way.