TOLL Questions

Is the toll be the same all the time?

No. 95 Express tolls vary based on the level of congestion in the express lanes at the time you enter. Rates are based on the traffic conditions in the express lanes only.

Roadway monitors provide continuous information about how many vehicles are in the express lanes, how fast they are traveling, and how close together they are. This information is used to determine whether tolls will increase or decrease to maintain the best conditions possible. As the express lanes become more congested, toll rates increase. As the congestion goes down, toll rates decrease.

How do I know the toll amount?

Toll amounts are posted on overhead electronic signs that drivers see before they enter the express lanes. Users should refer to their destination to determine toll amount.

Who qualifies as a current toll-exempt user of 95 Express?

Drivers who qualify under any of the categories below may use the lanes toll-free.
• Registered South Florida Vanpools
• Registered carpools of 3 or more (during their verified commute)
• Registered hybrid vehicles
• Registered Miami-Dade County buses
• Registered Broward County buses
• Registered public school buses
• Registered over-the-road buses
• Motorcycles (do not have to register)
• Emergency vehicles (do not have to register)

How does a toll-exempt user travel on 95 Express?

When traveling in a registered 3+ carpool, registered South Florida Vanpool or in a registered hybrid vehicle, drivers must shield their SunPass transponder to avoid being tolled. Registered toll-exempt users are not required to have a SunPass account*, but if you do, here are the steps to take:

SunPass portable transponders should be placed in a shield bag. SunPass Mini transponders should be shielded with a disabler. Both are available at no cost from South Florida Commuter Services at 1-800-234-RIDE.

Be aware that registered carpoolers only qualify for toll exemption during their verified commute. When traveling alone or at any other time, users are responsible for toll payment and must have their SunPass properly mounted. The SunPass User Manual may be viewed at http://www.sunpass.com/userManual.

*Registered hybrid vehicle users who have a Tesla must have a SunPass account and transponder.

What happens if I am not a registered 95 Express toll- exempt user or a valid SunPass customer?

If you are not a registered toll-exempt user or valid SunPass account holder and enter the 95 Express lanes you are obligated to pay the toll plus $25 per 24 hour period in which you violate.

Where can I purchase a SunPass?

The SunPass Portable and SunPass Mini are available at Publix, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Amscot, AAA, Sedano’s, and Navarro. They can also be purchased at Turnpike service plazas and Turnpike gas stations.  For a full list of retailers please visit www.sunpass.com/sunPassRetailers or call SunPass Customer Service at 1-888-TOLL-FLA (1-888-865-5352).

Is FDOT authorized to collect tolls on an interstate facility?

Tolling of interstate facilities is specifically authorized under a program administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. This legislation permits the construction of high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes in specific cases. 95 Express in Miami-Dade and Broward counties is an authorized toll facility.

Why is the Department charging a toll on a road already paid for with taxes?

I-95 was constructed with federal and state tax funds. However, Federal and State funds have been unable to keep up with the ongoing costs of operating the State’s highways.  Maintenance and repair of the State’s highways involve major, continuous costs. Operations, including the Transportation Management Center, Road Ranger Service, and Florida Highway Patrol, are additional recurring costs.

The tolls also offer a means of relieving traffic congestion without building new roads or acquiring additional right-of-way. The tolls are the cost of increased mobility in the I-95 corridor without the adverse construction impacts.

More importantly, 95 Express represents an innovative approach to reducing traffic congestion in south Florida. Congestion pricing encourages ride-sharing, use of fuel-efficient vehicles and transit services, and travel during off-peak hours. These are all things that more traditional facilities do not provide.

How are tolls enforced on 95 Express?

Toll violations are enforced via Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) automatic violation enforcement system. All users without a valid SunPass transponder will have their license plates photographed.  Motorists are subject to fines and penalties if they travel on 95 Express without a SunPass or are not a registered toll-exempt user.

The license plates of registered toll-exempt users are kept on file to prevent fines and penalties from being assessed to those who comply with requirements. Registered carpoolers who do not comply with registration/occupancy requirements can have their toll-exempt privilege revoked if they do not properly mount their transponder and pay the toll during non-commute hour’s trips. The SunPass User Manual may be viewed at http://www.sunpass.com/userManual.

What other transponders are compatible with 95 Express besides SunPass?

The following transponders are compatible with SunPass:
Florida:

• OOCEA E-Pass
• Lee County LeeWay

Out of State:
• North Carolina Quick Pass
• Georgia Peach Pass

How is the 3+ carpool occupancy requirement enforced on 95 Express?

FHP monitors the occupancy requirement (3+ carpools) on 95 Express. Registered carpool vehicles are identified by a decal and troopers at the roadside look for the minimum number of occupants. Drivers failing to meet the occupancy requirement will receive a citation.