Governor Ron DeSantis Announces $450 Million for a Second Consecutive Year of Toll Relief for Florida’s Families
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ~ Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced the continuation of the highly successful Toll Relief Program for a second consecutive year, providing nearly $1 billion in toll savings over the course of two years. The program, which was launched last year, aims to alleviate the financial burden on frequent commuters by cutting their toll rates in half.

Under this program, drivers who use Florida-based toll transponders such as SunPass and have 35 or more qualifying toll transactions per month will receive a 50% credit to their account. This year's program includes a map of toll facilities that are eligible for the savings.

Governor DeSantis expressed his satisfaction with securing an additional $450 million for toll relief in Florida, stating that it is a testament to the state's commitment to good fiscal governance. He also emphasized his dedication to returning surpluses back to taxpayers in the form of tax breaks and toll savings.

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In 2023, the Toll Relief Program provided $500 million in savings to over 1.2 million commuters, resulting in an average savings of $400 per individual. With another year of toll savings expected from April 2024 to March 2025, Florida drivers can continue to benefit from this program.

Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez highlighted the Toll Relief Program as a means of supporting Floridians amidst rising costs caused by inflation due to harmful economic policies at the federal level. She reassured residents that the state is committed to providing meaningful cost savings through this program for those who rely on toll roads for their daily commute.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) also shared its enthusiasm for offering the Toll Relief Program and its impact on customers' everyday lives. FDOT Secretary Jared W. Perdue stated that customers are at the center of all they do and expressed confidence that this program will make an immediate difference for them.

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In addition to announcing the continuation of the Toll Relief Program, FDOT also began construction on the Golden Glades Interchange project (GGI) in Miami-Dade County. This project, which is part of Governor DeSantis' Moving Florida Forward Infrastructure Initiative, aims to alleviate congestion in South Florida.

The GGI project involves the reconstruction of a crucial junction where five major roadways intersect, including I-95, Palmetto Expressway, Florida's Turnpike, State Road 9, and NW 7th Avenue. With over 400,000 vehicles passing through this intersection daily, it is a vital component of the local and regional transportation network. Thanks to Moving Florida Forward, this project is expected to be completed 7-10 years sooner than originally planned.

For those interested in learning more about the Toll Relief Program and its benefits for Floridians, further information can be found on the program's website. With this program in place and ongoing infrastructure projects like the GGI underway, Florida residents can look forward to continued toll savings and improved transportation networks in the years to come.

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