New I-4 Express lanes bring in $1.4 million in a month

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ORANGE COUNTY, Florida. – Dozens of drivers who spoke to News 6 said they hadn’t tried the new I-4 toll lanes for various reasons: too confusing, too scary, or just plain unnecessary during off-peak hours.

But drivers who’ve tried them love them.

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Joseph Hubbard, a salesman, said the lanes save him time, money and gas.

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“I need to move a bit,” Hubbard said. “So it allows me to get through where I need to be faster.”

Hubbard helped contribute $1,461,029 the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) said it collected in toll lane revenue between March 3 and March 31.

The toll lanes opened on February 26.

The FDOT did not say how much of that $1.46 million came from violations, but said most express lane drivers had transponders.

The I-4 Express lanes have no toll plazas – only an overhead electronic toll.

If you don’t have a transponder, you will be subject to a $25 fine. FDOT clarified that it is $25 per day, not per toll violation. Also add $2.50 each time FDOT sends you a ticket.

The main transponders that work on express lanes are the SunPass and E-Pass, but if you have another out-of-state transponder, like northern E-ZPass, you can also use it on toll lanes I-4 like other Central Florida Routes.

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Several interoperable transponders are accepted: E-PASS, E-ZPass, LeeWay, NC Quick Pass and Peach Pass, according to FDOT.

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