SunPass rates going up on most Florida toll roads

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The cost of convenience on Florida highways is going up.

SunPass users on Florida’s Turnpike and many of the state’s other toll roads will have to pay a little more starting at 1 a.m. Tuesday.

The increase —  about 1.5 percent or few cents at most toll plazas — comes from a 2007 state law allowing annual adjustments of SunPass and toll-by-plate rates tied to changes in the consumer price index.

It will now cost $19.75 to $20.07 for SunPass customers to drive the 309-mile length of Florida’s Turnpike, from Wildwood to Florida City, according to Turnpike spokesperson Sonyha Rodriguez-Miller.

Cash rates, higher than those that SunPass users pay, will not increase just yet.

The law does allow cash rates to increase once every five years based on the CPI, with the next change scheduled for 2017. For toll-by-plate drivers, billed when a photo is taken of license plate as it travels through certain locations, the Wildwood-to-Florida City trip increases from $24.77 to $24.85.

The toll increases will generate an additional $8-10 million annually. In fiscal year 2013, toll revenues were $755 million. Florida highways impacted by the increased tolls:

  • Seminole Expressway
  • Southern Connector
  • Beachline
  • Expressway West
  • Polk Parkway
  • I-4 Connector
  • Daniel Webster Western Beltway Part C
  • Sawgrass Expressway in Southeast Florida
  • Veterans Expressway
  • Suncoast Parkway

Among the other toll roads owned by the Florida Department of Transportation that will also see increases: Alligator Alley, Pinellas Bayway and Sunshine Skyway.