If you’re used to plunking a couple of quarters into the toll plaza machines at the Griffin Road or Hollywood/Pines Boulevard exits on the Florida Turnpike, you’re in for a big surprise next month.
The Rickenbacker and Venetian Causeways are going electronic. Starting Tuesday, September 23, both causeways will convert to SunPass for toll collection.
Live on Key Biscayne or plan on visiting the beach or perhaps the Seaquarium? Starting this summer, the toll will be cashless as SunPass is coming to the Rickenbacker Causeway.
Every year, millions of dollars in tolls go unpaid by drivers who cruise the Florida Turnpike without a SunPass or don’t stop at booths to pay their fare.
John Geraghty’s orange Saturn SUV is equipped with a SunPass, but that hasn’t stopped him from getting plenty of toll-by-plate invoices.
One of the best perks about owning a Sunpass is the discount you get when you let the state take tolls directly from your bank account. That benefit may be history, as action in the Florida Senate Thursday took that discount one step closer to extinction.
Drivers who pass through one of the 37 toll plazas from the Broward County line to Florida City will notice something, rather, someone is visibly missing – a human toll collector.
If you drive on the Florida Turnpike and other major South Florida expressways and still don’t use a Sunpass yet, you should consider getting one and quick.