ORLANDO, Fla. — The I-4 Express lanes have been up and running for nearly a year in Central Florida.
When they first opened, about 17,000 drivers used them every day.
Now officials said the number of drivers has jumped more than 60%, and soon they will have to start paying more.
The boards above the I-4 Express lanes have been flashing the 50-cent price per tolling segment since their opening last February.
Florida Department of Transportation leaders set this as an introductory rate, but I-4 Express has been well introduced over the last 11 months so now the cost is going up.
In the most recent MetroPlan Orlando meeting, FDOT District 5 Secretary John Tyler explained when I-4 Express was designed, different prices for tolling segments were always part of the plan.
“The reason is we want to manage that congestion that’s in the express lanes,” Tyler said. “We want to provide a consistently reliable product for folks that choose I-4 express.”
FDOT says more than 28,000 drivers use the express lanes every day, with the heaviest traffic from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Leaders are now planning to roll out variable pricing where the tolls change based on the time of day or day of the week.
FDOT hasn’t released those details yet.
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