Toll Relief Program Won’t Impact Southwest Florida

FLORIDA — At a press conference two days after the primary election heading into November, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Florida) said he plans to use some of the state’s record surplus to reduce toll costs for drivers who have a SunPass.

The program is called the “Sunpass Saving Program” and Governor DeSantis said the program was created to keep more money in the pockets of Floridians. Unfortunately, this will not affect any part of Southwest Florida.

“The tolls are crazy, and we’re constantly driving over the bridges between me running errands and my husband’s work, we’re constantly using the bridge twice a day…three times a day,” a mother-of-two says children and Leeway pass customer. “We are good at budgeting, my husband is good at numbers, but it is still a high cost. »

A scenario that seems inevitable for Floridians, paying tolls to live in the sun.

“If you look at it across the state, you have people who have to commute, and it adds up every day to do these loads,” Gov. DeSantis said.

So how will this work? For SunPass customers with at least 40 paid transactions, one month will receive a 20% credit to their SunPass account. Customers with 80 or more paid transactions will receive. 25% credit each month.

However, to qualify, the driver must use the toll highway system and Florida Department of Transportation toll facilities.

“Not everything is controlled by the state,” Governor DeSantis said.

The Governor added that some toll services were not included in the relief program for immediate relief as his office only has the authority
to provide this relief to the state-owned toll highway system and FDOT facilities.

“Yeah…that’s not helpful I don’t know how else to explain it.”, the Leeway customer said. “I mean the prices of everything went up, everything from groceries, so with a family and having kids having that reduction would have been extremely useful.”

After the press conference, our reporter Briana Brownlee contacted the governor’s office to see if there were any future plans for Southwest Florida. The governor’s office sent this statement.

“To deliver this relief even more broadly, the Governor has also proposed legislative action in next year’s session that would include other toll facilities. Additionally, Governor DeSantis called on the Legislature to take the necessary steps in next year’s legislative session so that more Florida families can benefit from the toll relief.

Office of Governor Ron DeSantis

The Lee County spokeswoman also said that while the Leeway pass is not included, there are a few programs that can help customers. Click here for more information.

Ryan H. Bowman