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Tolls to Florida Keys Now All-Electronic

Travel Tips, What's New — By Julie on February 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Today there is a new twist to the “drive-to islands” of the Florida Keys.

A new all-electronic system toll-collection system that launched Saturday, Feb. 19, affects motorists driving to and from the Florida Keys via the Florida Turnpike.

The new system affects four toll plazas between mile posts 0 in Florida City and 47 at the Miami-Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale line along a stretch of the turnpike known as the Homestead Extension.

It eliminates driver stops at booths to pay tolls, and turnpike officials say electronic toll collection is safer, more efficient and seamless.

Tolls are to be collected only with SunPass, a prepaid toll program, or with TOLL-BY-PLATE, a system that photographs each vehicle’s license plate and mails a monthly bill for tolls, plus a $2.50 administrative fee, to the vehicle’s registered owner.

For details on purchasing a mini-SunPass, visit www.sunpass.com or call 1-888-865-5352.

Officials caution motorists that under no circumstances should they attempt to stop in high-speed electronic tolling lanes.

The all-electronic toll system is to affect four toll plaza locations between Exit 1 and Exit 47 of Florida's Turnpike. That segment of the turnpike, known as the Homestead Extension, is a primary route on the way to the Florida Keys. Image courtesy of Florida Turnpike Extension

Travelers can call 1-800-749-PIKE (7453) or visit www.FloridasTurnpike.com for more information about the all-electronic tolling on Florida’s Turnpike.

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