Tolls on the Beach Line Expressway to Go Up

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ If you’re traveling to the Orlando area this summer, you may want to pack a little more cash.

Transportation officials say cash tolls on the BeachLine Expressway are set to increase by 33 percent beginning June 30.

That means tolls will rise from $1.50 to $2. Transponder tolls will increase by 9 to 16 percent, depending on the area.

The road runs between Orlando and Cocoa Beach.

The BeachLine is jointly owned by the state of Florida and Metro Orlando’s road-building agency.

The state hikes are effective June 30. The local increase begins July 1.

Officials say BeachLine tolls have been the same since 1998.

The Orlando Sentinel ( ) reports the increase is due to a law recently approved by the Florida Legislature that calls for tolls to periodically rise.