In this file photo, cars travel in the toll lanes while the southbound traffic on Interstate 85 is backed up during a morning rush hour.
Prepaid Peach Passes are now sold at area drug stores.
The State Road and Tollway Authority on Monday launched the “Pay n Go” Peach Pass, a prepaid Peach Pass option that can be purchased at participating CVS and Walgreens stores in Georgia where gift cards and prepaid cards are sold.
Drivers can immediately use the Interstate 85 Express Lanes after they purchase and mount a Pay n Go Peach Pass. These customers can decide to keep their cash-based account and reload the card at the cash register, or convert to a regular Peach Pass account and to earn free toll credits and receive other customer-friendly benefits.
“SRTA is proud to offer motorists a new and convenient way to access the I-85 Lanes with the Pay n Go Peach Pass,” SRTA Executive Director Christopher Tomlinson said in a press release. “The Pay n Go Peach Pass provides drivers with more payment options to enjoy a reliable commute with the flexibility to open or add funds to their account with the amount that they choose.”
The Pay n Go Peach Pass automatically deducts tolls when using the electronic toll lanes, but does not automatically add funds when the account balance is low. Customers can reload toll value when they choose in the amount they choose, between $20 and $500, at participating retailers.
There are two Pay n Go Peach Pass options for drivers:
• Full Starter Kit: The Pay n Go Peach Pass Starter Kit, which includes a fully activated Peach Pass transponder and Reload Card, can be purchased for the cost of the amount of prepaid tolls ($20 -$500), plus a one-time $2.50 convenience fee.
• Reload Card: Drivers who already have a Pay n Go or Personal Toll Peach Pass Account can buy toll value on a reloadable card in the amount of $20-$500, plus a $1.50 convenience fee each time they add funds.
Pay n Go Peach Pass customers do not submit vehicle and contact information upon activation. As a result, these customers do not have access to the online customer service center or the Peach Pass GO! mobile app. Customers can monitor their account balances closely by calling 1-855-847-5071 and entering the number on their Peach Pass when prompted.
Pay n Go customers are eligible to convert to a regular Peach Pass account, which will allow access to their account online and through the mobile app, which once converted, shows account status and transactions, their toll mode, the ability to pay fines for violations and get updates from SRTA’s Peach Pass Customer Service Center.
Each Pay n Go Peach Pass customer who converts to a regular account receives $5 in toll credits. Conversion can be made by calling the Peach Pass Customer Service Center at 1-855-PCH-PASS (724-7277) with the number printed on the Pay n Go Peach Pass.
Customers can locate participating stores by using the zip code search feature on www.PeachPass.com.