Locals and tourists alike looking for a smooth ride through the Orlando area may want to consider Orlando's E-PASS program. When drivers sign up for the electronic Orlando toll pass, E-PASS, they can pay tolls without stopping on regional expressways.
The Central Florida Expressway Authority program doesn't charge to open a monthly account and E-PASS also includes local toll discounts, so the whole Orlando commuter or road trip process is both faster and cheaper.
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Here's a quick rundown of E-PASS rules and regulations, along with information on how to sign up.
How it works: CFX's electronic toll-collection system lets customers pay tolls automatically using an E-PASS sticker or a portable transponder, without stopping their cars at a toll booth. Instead, an antenna electronically deducts the toll from the E-PASS customer's account when the car passes through a toll point where E-PASS is accepted. Drivers can get a free sticker that affixes to the car, or pay an upcharge of about $10 for a portable pass. A monthly statement captures a record of all transactions and is available online.
Where you can use E-PASS: The E-PASS works at all toll roads and most bridges in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina and is accepted as payment for parking at Orlando International Airport.
E-PASS for the college crowd: Metro Orlando and other Florida college students can pay a bit more to drive with a customized Gator, Knight or Seminole toll sticker mounted on their car windshield. CollegeEpass.com has more information.
Get an Orlando toll pass: There are four convenient ways to obtain an E-PASS:
- Online at GetEpass.com
- By phone at 407-823-7277 or 800-353-7277, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- In person at E-PASS Service Center at 8919 W Colonial Drive, Ocoee
- At drive-up Reload Lane: SR 408 at the Conway toll plaza; SR 417 at the John Young Parkway toll plaza; or SR 429 at the Forest Lake toll plaza any day of the week, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
When ordering an E-PASS toll pass online or by phone, allow five to seven business days to get it in the mail.
Requirements for opening an account:
- Driver's license
- License plate number
- Vehicle make, model and year
- $10 in prepaid tolls to activate
The wonders of Reload: Reload is CFX's pilot in-lane customer service project and the first of its kind in the continental U.S. It allows motorists to drive up and get a free E-PASS sticker or buy an E-PASS portable, open an account or replenish prepaid tolls. Reload Lanes take cash, check or credit/debit cards as payment.
To complete enrollment and activate the account once a driver has been through a Reload Lane, visit ReloadEPASS.com, log in with the account number and PIN on the receipt provided the attendant.
More must-know info about E-PASS for the Orlando area:
- Go online to activate an E-PASS sticker, portable, or CollegePass that you received at an event or E-PASS function.
- CFX offers an online toll calculator for E-PASS and other toll options. It takes payment options and pass possibilities into account before relaying the amount one will pay on different routes.
- Another Orlando toll pass option is Pay By Plate. It involves capturing an image of the license plate when passing through the toll plaza, assessing a toll rate for that particular plaza and adding a 20-cent processing fee per transaction. The registered owner of the vehicle receives a monthly toll invoice based on usage.
- All toll lanes accept E-PASS, SunPass, LeeWay, Georgia Peach Pass and NC Quick Pass, but CFX encourages motorists with transponders to use express lanes since they allow nonstop travel.
For more information:
Central Florida Expressway Authority
4974 ORL Tower Road, Orlando
For answers to specific E-PASS questions, send an email to info@CFXway.com
Other information and updates about the Orlando toll pass is available by phone at 407-823-7277.
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