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SunPass users get price break

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Drivers who use the SunPass system will get a temporary discount on the cost of tolls under a new program unveiled by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Beginning Sep. 1 and continuing for 6 months, drivers who participate in the SunPass program to use the state’s turnpike system and toll facilities and have at least 40 paid transactions a month will earn a 20 percent credit to their SunPass accounts. SunPass is the prepaid electronic toll collection program operated by Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, the toll agency for the state.

Those who have 80 or more paid transactions will receive a 25 percent credit each month.

According to the DeSantis office, the SunPass Savings program is estimated to provide $38 million to SunPass commuters over the next six months.

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According to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), on average, customers using FDOT Turnpike facilities for their daily commute spend $50 per month on tolls. The average commuter could save more than $60 over the next six months, and those with more toll facility transactions could realize more savings, the agency said.

While unveiling the discount program, DeSantis said that he would seek legislative action to enact more toll relief in the future.

“Florida families who depend on these FDOT facilities for a timely commute to work will benefit from these savings,” DeSantis said. “We will, of course, seek to enact greater savings for commuters in the next legislative session.”

According to the FDOT, the SunPass Savings Program Prepaid Toll Program applies to two-axle vehicles and is available to customers who use SunPass or other Florida transponders with accounts in good standing. The program offers the lowest rate in Florida compared to the Toll-By-Plate rate, the agency said.

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