Toll rates going up for SunPass users crossing Sunshine Skyway Bridge

skennedy@bradenton.comJuly 1, 2014 

MANATEE -- Motorists who use a SunPass transponder to pay their way across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge will be charged 2 cents more beginning Tuesday since the cost of travel on most state toll roads and bridges across the state is going up 1.5 percent.

Beginning at 1 a.m., the cost of crossing the Skyway one-way for SunPass customers will go up from $1.02 to $1.04, said Christa Deason, a spokeswoman for Florida's Turnpike Enterprise.

The increase also affects travelers on other state toll roads and bridges, officials said.

Cash customers will continue to pay $1.25 per trip over the Skyway, said Deason.

About 9.6 million customers, or one in three Floridians, uses a transponder under the SunPass prepaid toll program, said Deason. The transponder automatically draws money from an account set up by the customer to pay tolls.

SunPass and toll-by-plate rates are adjusted annually to keep pace with inflation, according to a SunPass toll rate fact sheet.

Under state law enacted

in 2007, rates for FDOT-owned facilities may change based on year-over-year changes in the Consumer Price Index.

Josh Carrasco, a spokesman for the AAA Auto Club South, said he had no survey information about SunPass rates, adding: "We haven't heard anything from that."

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.

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