FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LeeWay Issues 50,000th Transponder

FORT MYERS, FL, June 10, 1998--Wednesday, June 10th the LeeWay Service Center issued the 50,000th transponder to Jane Henshaw a new Sanibel homeowner from St. Louis Missouri. Mrs. Henshaw said she wanted a transponder because it is the economical and convenient way to go. Commissioner John Albion congratulated Mrs. Henshaw on her decision to participate in the state-of-the-art system. He went on to say the County is thrilled to have 50,000 transponders on the road helping the citizens travel more efficiently the Lee way. The new Electronic Toll Collection System (ETC) called LeeWay was installed last fall and began functioning on November 7, 1997. The system operates using a tag, or transponder which is installed on the windshield, inside the car. When the vehicle passes through a toll plaza an overhead antennae reads the transponder and automatically deducts the toll from a prepaid account. The LeeWay system offers many benefits to Lee County motorists. LeeWay is a simple, quick and convenient way to pay tolls. There is no fumbling for coins, and time spent in line at the toll plaza has been reduced. LeeWay's record keeping is another benefit. Business travelers will no longer have to stop at each bridge crossing to obtain a receipt. LeeWay provides two statements of account activity free of charge with the remainder available on request for a small charge. Additionally, motorists with LeeWay and a prepaid account will be able to participate in the Variable Pricing Program which is soon to begin implementation. Variable Pricing is a program designed to reduce peak period congestion by giving people a discount to travel in the times just outside of the peak periods. The discount times include: 6:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m..