New study refutes benefits of 3 proposed toll roads in Florida

A consulting group refuted a handful of intended benefits of a proposed statewide toll road system in a new study released Wednesday.

Cornell Consulting, a student-run group out of Cornell University, concluded the Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance, known as M-CORES, will not benefit hurricane evacuations, traffic congestion or broadband access. The group also found the toll road project would create negative economic returns.

“We can summarize this as a gross misuse of funds that will cause a financial strain for (the Florida Department of Transportation),” said William McGrath of Cornell Consulting.