Drivers on State Road 836/Dolphin Expressway will no longer be able to pay the toll with cash.
On Sunday, the toll plaza went all electronic. From now on, tolls will be collected via SunPass transponders or drivers will get a bill in the mail if they are caught going through the plaza at Northwest 17th Avenue without a SunPass unit.
“By eliminating the cash we have made it so much safer for everybody,” according to Mario Diaz with the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority.
Currently, it’s estimated the cash lanes handle 250 vehicles an hour; Sunpass moves more than 2,000 cars without stopping.
The booths will be removed by the winter of 2014.
Once the cash lanes are fully removed, a new SunPass toll will be added – for westbound traffic.
The toll at this new SunPass plaza will be reduced to 70 cents, but eventually drivers will be charged both ways for a total fare increase to $1.40, up from $1.25.