SunPass customers now paying a little bit more

NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

SunPass users will see an increase in tolls when traveling on Florida’s Turnpike starting this week. The 1.6 percent went into effect due to a 2007 state law that allows state officials to adjust SunPass and toll-by-plate rates every year based on changes in the consumer price index.

The change will result in fee hikes of an extra penny or two at most toll plazas.

The cost of a trip the entire length of Florida’s Turnpike – 309 miles from Wildwood to Florida City – will increase from $20.07 to $20.41 for SunPass customers.

“Toll-by-plate” motorists, who are billed when a photo is taken of the vehicle’s license plate passing through a tolling location, also will see a 1.6 percent increase this week. The toll hikes are expected to generate about $11 million a year.

Central Florida turnpike system roads impacted by the change are the Seminole Expressway, the Southern Connector, the Beachline Expressway West, the Polk Parkway, the I-4 Connector, and the Daniel Webster Western Beltway Part C.

Other roads affected include the Sawgrass Expressway in Southeast Florida, the Veterans Expressway, the Suncoast Parkway and the Homestead Extension. Florida Department of Transportation-owned toll roads seeing a similar increase are Alligator Alley, Pinellas Bayway and Sunshine Skyway.

Cash rates, which are higher than those charged to SunPass users, will not change before 2017. The law only allows cash rates to be adjusted, also based on the CPI, once every five years.

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