Florida Turnpike moving to cashless tolling

Updated Nov 23, 2009

Truckers have until Dec. 1 to comment on Florida’s conversion to cashless tolling for its Turnpike, while this system is being implemented or eyed by infrastructure authorities in other states.

On Nov. 8, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise began converting the southern 26 miles of the Turnpike in Miami-Dade County into an all-electronic open road tolling facility, with tollbooths expected to be removed in February 2011. The Turnpike will use a Toll-by-Plate system, where cameras snap photos of a vehicle’s license plate and a bill is mailed to the registered vehicle owner.

The workshop on the matter is available at www.floridasturnpike.com/all-electronictolling/publicmeeting.html. People may comment by emailing [email protected]

More information is available at www.FloridasTurnpike.com/all-electronictolling or by calling 1-800-749-PIKE (7453).

Nationwide, authorities are considering cashless tolling or are implementing it. Last July, Colorado’s E-470, the East Denver toll highway, switched to a cashless system. The state’s Northwest Parkway will also eventually go to non-stop tolling.

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has several cashless toll roads.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey also has studied electronic tolling.