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

Express lanes will accept SunPass, E-Pass, among others, according to FDOT

Dozens of drivers who spoke with News 6 said they have not tried out the new I-4 toll lanes for different reasons: too complicated, too scary or just unnecessary during off-peak hours.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Dozens of drivers who spoke with News 6 said they have not tried out the new I-4 toll lanes for different reasons: too complicated, too scary or just unnecessary during off-peak hours.

But the drivers who have tried them love them.

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

“I need to move around quite a bit,” Hubbard said. “So it gets me across there quicker where I need to be.”

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

The toll lanes opened Feb. 26.

FDOT did not say how much of that $1.46 million is from violations but did say most Express lane drivers do have transponders.

The I-4 Express lanes do not have toll booths — only overhead electronic tolling.

If you don’t have a transponder, you’ll face a $25 fine. FDOT clarified that’s $25 per day, not per toll violation. Also, add in $2.50 every time FDOT mails you a ticket.

The main transponders that work on the Express lanes are the SunPass and E-Pass, but if you have another transponder from another state, like E-ZPass from up north, you can also use it on the I-4 toll lanes just like other Central Florida roads.

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


About the Authors:

Erik von Ancken anchors and reports for WKMG-TV News 6 (CBS) in Orlando and is a two-time Emmy award-winning journalist in the prestigious and coveted "On-Camera Talent" categories for both anchoring and reporting. Erik joined the News 6 News Team in 2003 days after the tragic loss of space shuttle Columbia.

Anthony, a graduate of the University of Florida, joined ClickOrlando.com in April 2022.