Published: Mar 10, 2014 5:16 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 10, 2014 5:40 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee Way is changing its hardware, and that mean 64-thousand customers will have to buy new transponders for pre-paid tolls. The goal is to make Lee Way compatible with systems in other states, and eventually, nationwide.

"Technology changes, and we know that from the changes in our computers and cell phones.  The toll technology must change as well, and we are doing that.   We have worked very hard to keep the costs down, to make it cost-effective," says Susan Hopwood, director of the Lee Way program.

Customers have until May 31 to buy either a sticker, or a small 'hard box' transponder.    The stickers sell for 10 dollars each, and cannot be moved from one car to another.  The hard boxes cost 22 dollars each, and they can be transferred from one vehicle, to another, if the owner of the box stays the same. 

The hard boxes have no batteries, so drivers will not have to worry about battery replacement in the future.

The U.S. Congress has passed a law, calling for all toll systems in America to be compatible by fall of 2016.

Right now, Lee Way is compatible with most systems in the state of Florida, and with the tolls systems in North Carolina.   Lee Way is working to become compatible with Georgia, Oklahoma and Texas, in the near future.