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7/29/2013
Florida, North Carolina strike toll pass deal
By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer

A deal brokered between Florida and North Carolina means drivers can now use a single prepaid electronic transponder when traversing the states’ toll roads.

North Carolina’s NC Quick Pass and Florida’s SunPass will function as one, providing seamless travel for motorists who pay tolls electronically.
 
NC Quick Pass will accept all SunPass transponders on the Triangle Expressway as a form of payment, as long as the vehicle license plate is registered on the SunPass account, the state DOT said in a release issued Monday. SunPass will also accept all types of NC Quick Pass transponders on their tolled roadways. Tolls will be billed to the accounts established in the account holders’ respective states, and NCDOT has tested the equipment to help prevent overbilling.

Hollie Allen, a spokesperson with the North Carolina DOT, said the deal applies to current and new subscribers alike, and takes effect immediately. The state transportation department estimates this will impact tens of thousands of drivers.

“While we do not have exact numbers of those account holders that will travel between the two systems, but this does allow our 43,000 plus NC Quick Pass transponder account holders to take advantage of this agreement as well as SunPass’s 4 million,” Allen said in an email to Land Line. “This agreement was brought to the table to allow more efficient travel for motorists along the East Coast.”

Allen said North Carolina is looking into developing similar agreements with other southern states.

“The federal mandate of MAP21 requires that all toll facilities on federal-aid highways are required to implement technologies or business practices that proved for interoperability by October 1st, 2016,” she said. “Florida and North Carolina are working towards this goal, and it provides for greater customer service and ease of use for both of our customer bases.”
 
This agreement represents Florida’s first out-of-state interoperability project and North Carolina’s second such project. North Carolina’s first agreement was with E-ZPass in January.

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