Posted January 6th, 2011, 12:28 PM
Some advice from the locals. I'm driving down from West Palm Beach Airport to Hollywood this Sunday (we land at noon, so I guess we'll be on the road by 1 or so after picking up the car). Do you think it's worth it to pick up one of these stick on passes to save stopping at the toll booths even though the actual toll will be less than what I pay for the transponder? I'm not sure if Sunday afternoon makes it more or less likely there will be line-ups at toll booths, or if it's even worth taking the turnpike instead of 95.
Also, do these passes work on all the Florida toll roads? I might pick one up for my wife's sister, as her family will be driving over to Port Canaveral from Orlando in April, and I beleive that is a toll road as well.
At 1pm on Sunday, there's really no NEED to avoid I-95. The worst slowdowns are heading into Miami in morning rush hour on weekdays, but you're on a different day and much further north. You should actually have pretty favorable traffic...unless there happens to be an accident, which can happen on any road.
The passes work on most tolls in Florida. Nearly all. There's a couple of locally operated tolls (i.e. not run by the turnpike authority) here and there around the state that don't particpate. A few bridge tolls that I can think of aren't covered (Card South Rd in the keys, and I think one of the causeway bridges in Miami).
One option on the "permanent" transponder is that you could probably tape it to the windshield instead of using the permanent adhesive. I can't think of any technical reason why an RFID tag would need to be mechanically bonded to glass to work. It's just an issue of proximity to the sensors.
Interestingly enough, I have one of the "suction cup" transponders, and it lives in the center console of my car - a soft top convertible. Been there for years and it's never failed to register when going through toll plazas.
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