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Updated: 07/10/2014 07:35:51PM

Price for Polk Parkway toll to rise for SunPass users

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A little more change will be drawn from SunPass users traveling Florida’s Turnpike and most of the state’s other toll roads and it took effect Tuesday.

A 1.5 percent increase was enacted because of a 2007 state law that allows SunPass and toll-by-plate rates to be adjusted every year based on changes in the consumer price index. This increase includes the Polk Parkway.

The change will result in fees going up an extra penny or two at most toll plazas.

The cost of a trip the entire length of Florida’s Turnpike, 309 miles from Wildwood to Florida City, will grow from $19.75 to $20.07 for SunPass customers, Turnpike spokeswoman Sonyha Rodriguez-Miller said in an email. Cash rates, which are higher than those charged to SunPass users, are not going up at this time.

The law allows cash rates to go up, also based on the CPI, once every five years. The next cash rate change is set for 2017.

For motorists who are billed when a photo is taken of the vehicle’s license plate as it travels through a tolling location, toll-by-plate, the same Wildwood-to-Florida City trip is rising from $24.77 to $24.85.

The two increases are expected to generate between $8 million and $10 million a year. Toll revenues for fiscal year 2013 hit $755 million.

The turnpike system roads impacted by the change are the Seminole Expressway, the Southern Connector, the Beachline Expressway West, the Polk Parkway, the I-4 Connector, and the Daniel Webster Western Beltway Part C, in Central Florida; the Sawgrass Expressway in Southeast Florida; and the Veterans Expressway and the Suncoast Parkway north of Tampa. Florida Department of Transportation-owned toll roads seeing a similar increase are: Alligator Alley in South Florida, Pinellas Bayway and Sunshine Skyway.

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