Old LeeWay transponders will phase out on Saturday

Author: Stephanie Susskind

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Older bumper mount and replaceable battery transponders need to be upgraded soon in order to maintain future compatibility with the statewide SunPass system and allow for possible expansion to other states.

Lee County has been working with the Florida Turnpike Enterprise (operator of the SunPass System) toward future opportunities to use LeeWay transponders outside of Florida. Technological updates are necessary to keep pace with statewide long-term plans to become interoperable with additional states and improve electronic toll collection.

On Nov. 1, the older transponders will no longer work on the LeeWay system or within the state. LeeWay customers need to visit the service center at 1366 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, to purchase a new transponder. This can be done anytime in October in conjunction with the annual renewal of accounts and any discount programs.

Two new transponder types are available.  Both use back scatter technology and do not require a battery for operation:

·         LeeWay Mini: This transponder must be adhered to the windshield in order for the device to be read. The LeeWay Mini transponder also has a security feature by tearing when removed, making the transponder inoperable if stolen. It costs $10.

·         LeeWay Hard Case: This transponder is a hard-case unit about half the size of the older devices. It costs $22 and affixes to the windshield with double-sided tape.

LeeWay is the Lee County Department of Transportation’s Tolls division electronic toll collection program for the Cape Coral, Midpoint Memorial and Sanibel Toll Facilities in Lee County. For more information, visit www.LeeWayInfo.com or call (239) 533-9297.

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