LEAWOOD, Kansas — January 21, 2011 — epay, a division of Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: EEFT) and a leading prepaid and payments processor in the U.S., along with Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE), today announced that SunPass customers can now reload their accounts using cash at more than 2,000 epay locations statewide. Customers can also check their SunPass account balance. SunPass is Florida’s electronic prepaid toll program, and is accepted on all toll roads and nearly all bridges in the Sunshine State.
“Through our partnership with epay we have nearly tripled the number of SunPass cash replenishment locations from 1,161 to more than 3,100 locations statewide, including more than 450 locations in Miami-Dade,” said FTE Deputy Executive Director Jennifer Olson. “It is important that we provide as many places as we can for our customers to reload their SunPass accounts, especially as we get close to February, when we will implement all-electronic no cash tolling on the Turnpike Extension in Miami-Dade County.”
Reloading an existing SunPass account with epay is easy. Customers just give their SunPass transponder number to the cashier at any participating retailer, along with the amount of money they want to add to the SunPass account plus a $1.50 convenience fee per transaction. Customers then get back a receipt showing the amount added to the SunPass account. Checking SunPass account balances works the same way, except there is no convenience fee.
The new locations offering SunPass cash-reloading services include gas stations, convenience stores, check-cashing stores, wireless dealers, bodegas and more. The locations generally have on their door or window a green and yellow sign with the SunPass logo, clearly advertising to the customer the availability of the service. Customers can go to the SunPass website to find a reload location nearby. It is as simple as entering a ZIP code and choosing a preferred location. Customers can click on a location to view a map and get directions. Many new locations will be added in the near future, for added convenience.
FTE is working with its current vendors, including epay, to provide additional cash-based services to its SunPass customers in the coming months.
“epay is extremely pleased to be partnering with FTE to offer a simple payment method to SunPass cash customers through our innovative technology platform,” said Eric Mettemeyer, Managing Director of epay Americas/APAC. “When customers reload their SunPass account at an epay location, they also have access to other cash-based products, such as prepaid wireless top-ups, bill payments and Internet credits.”
In June 2010, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise became the first toll agency in the U.S. to provide its customers a program to replenish their transponders with cash at retail locations. FTE is a leader in transportation and continually strives to provide its customers value in the form of safety, service and convenience.
epay, a Division of Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: EEFT), is a global processor and distributor of electronic payment solutions – enabling service providers to maximize the sales of their products and services. epay delivers innovative and tailored electronic payment, cash collection solutions including POS systems integration, a full settlement and reporting service and full marketing and distribution service support.
The epay product portfolio includes prepaid mobile top-up, prepaid debit cards, e-wallets, bill payment, gift cards, digital music and other content, money transfer through its sister company RIA, lottery and transport payment solutions including road tolls and public transport.
epay delivers these products through a worldwide network of approximately 266,000 retailer locations and 541,000 points of sale (POS) across a number of markets including Australia, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, UK and the US. Visit www.epayworldwide.com for more information.
About Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise is part of the Florida Department of Transportation overseeing a 460-mile system of limited-access toll highways: the Florida’s Turnpike, extending north from Homestead in Miami-Dade County to Wildwood in Sumter County, the Seminole Expressway and Southern Connector (Toll 417) in Seminole, Orange and Osceola counties, the Beachline Expressway West (Toll 528) in Orange County, the Polk Parkway (Toll 570) in Polk County, the Veterans Expressway and Suncoast Parkway in Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties (Toll 589), the Sawgrass Expressway (Toll 869) in Broward County, and the Daniel Webster Western Beltway Part C (Toll 429) in Orange County. For information about Florida’s Turnpike, go to www.FloridasTurnpike.com.
SunPass is the Florida Department of Transportation's innovative prepaid toll program. SunPass can be used on Florida's toll roads and most toll bridges. SunPass customers typically pay 25 cents less than cash customers at most toll plazas and exits on Turnpike roads. For information about SunPass®, visit www.SunPass.com.