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Georgia 400 Commuters Offered Online Payment Option

Monday, May 3, 2004  Contact: Office of Communications 404-651-7774


ATLANTA, GA - Governor Sonny Perdue announced today a new online payment service for Georgia 400's Cruise Card to make it easier and more convenient for commuters to pay their toll. The new online service will be available beginning Monday, May 10, 2004 at Drivers will be able to pay their toll bill, open new cruise card accounts, review their current balances, and update account information online.

"Georgia 400 commuters will find this new online resource to manage their toll accounts very customer friendly. It should help bring more commuters to the Cruise Card system and improve congestion at the toll plazas," said Governor Sonny Perdue.

Drivers with a Cruise Card can pass through a toll lane and automatically have their toll deducted from their account, without stopping to roll down their window, fumble for coins, or wait for change from an attendant.

"We hope this new method of payment will encourage more GA 400 drivers to use the Cruise Card, which can save them time when passing through toll booths," said Douglas Hooker, of the State Road and Tollway Authority. "The more people who use the Cruise Card, the less traffic will build up at the toll booth lines, which ultimately can relieve congestion overall on Georgia 400, conserve fuel and reduce emissions."

The idea behind online payment is to offer more value for commuters, improve efficiency and continue to offer the public innovative services. It's also the first step in a long-term vision of Georgia transportation officials, who would like to see a single, monthly transportation statement for commuters which would include toll, parking and other transit systems in one monthly online bill.