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NC Quick Pass, Georgia Peach Pass toll road transponders now interchangeable

Drivers who use the NC Quick Pass transponder to pay for toll road trips on North Carolina’s Triangle Expressway now can use it also for the I-85 Express Lanes near Atlanta – and Georgia’s Peach Pass likewise is accepted for TriEx travel.

The announcement from the state Department of Transportation makes Georgia the 17th state where drivers can pay for toll road and toll bridge trips using their NC Quick Pass accounts.

North Carolina has a similar interoperability agreement with Florida’s SunPass and with the E-ZPass, used by more than 23 million drivers on toll roads in 14 other states in the Northeast and Midwest.

“Expanding the reach of Quick Pass will give our customers access to key highways in the Southeast, improving their travel experience in those states,” Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said in a news release.

The N.C. Turnpike Authority has sold more than 89,000 windshield sticker transponders and 35,000 hard-case transponders. E-ZPass roads recognize only the hard-case transponders, but both types – hard case and sticker – are accepted on Georgia and Florida toll roads and bridges.

The I-85 Express Lanes cover 16 miles of I-85 north of Atlanta, with toll rates that vary with traffic congestion levels. In Florida, the Quick Pass can be used in 700 miles of SunPass-only road and bridge lanes.