epay Teams with Florida Turnpike for More SunPass Spots

C-stores, gas stations, more add cash-reloading services

LEAWOOD, Kansas -- epay, a division of Euronet Worldwide Inc. and a prepaid and payments processor in the United States, along with Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE), recently announced that SunPass customers can now reload their accounts using cash at more than 2,000 epay locations statewide. The new locations offering SunPass cash-reloading services include gas stations, convenience stores, check-cashing stores, wireless dealers, bodegas and more.

SunPass is Florida's electronic prepaid toll program, and it is accepted on all toll roads and nearly all bridges in the [image-nocss] Sunshine State.

Customers can also check their SunPass account balance.

"Through our partnership with epay, we have nearly tripled the number of SunPass cash replenishment locations from 1,161 to more than 3,100 locations statewide, including more than 450 locations in Miami-Dade," said FTE deputy executive director Jennifer Olson. "It is important that we provide as many places as we can for our customers to reload their SunPass accounts, especially as we get close to February, when we will implement all-electronic no cash tolling on the Turnpike Extension in Miami-Dade County."

Reloading an existing SunPass account with epay is easy. Customers give their SunPass transponder number to the cashier at any participating retailer, along with the amount of money they want to add to the SunPass account plus a $1.50 convenience fee per transaction. Customers then get back a receipt showing the amount added to the SunPass account.

The locations generally have on their door or window a green and yellow sign with the SunPass logo, advertising to the customer the availability of the service. Customers can access the SunPass website to find a reload location nearby.

FTE is working with its current vendors, including epay, to provide additional cash-based services to its SunPass customers in the coming months.

"epay is extremely pleased to be partnering with FTE to offer a simple payment method to SunPass cash customers through our innovative technology platform," said Eric Mettemeyer, managing director of epay Americas/APAC. "When customers reload their SunPass account at an epay location, they also have access to other cash-based products, such as prepaid wireless top-ups, bill payments and Internet credits."

In June 2010, Florida's Turnpike Enterprise became a toll agency providing its customers a program to replenish their transponders with cash at retail locations.

Florida's Turnpike Enterprise is part of the Florida Department of Transportation, overseeing a 460-mile system of limited-access toll highways. SunPass is a Florida Department of Transportation prepaid toll program.