The Mackinac Bridge’s MacPass toll system windshield-mounted stickers that allow a quicker, touch-free crossing are still free to account holders, but only until July 1.
Stickers will cost $1 each starting July 1. Passenger vehicle MacPass accounts require an initial deposit of $80 and a $7 one-time set-up fee; commercial accounts require a $200 deposit and the same $7 one-time set-up fee.
“We’ve heard from so many customers who love the new system, from the convenience of not needing to roll down their window and stop to scan their MacPass card, to the automatic refill feature available through the website,” said Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) Executive Secretary Kim Nowack. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, the MacPass offers the quickest transaction time and a touch-free toll paying experience.”
The stickers, which are automatically scanned when drivers pull up to the toll booth, were introduced in September 2019 as part of the MBA’s new toll software system. MacPass account holders, along with new customers, have been rapidly switching from the MacPass cards to the new stickers.
Until further notice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mackinac Bridge customers will need to pay with a credit or debit card, or use a MacPass card or windshield sticker. If drivers wish to pay with credit or debit cards, the toll collector will hold the credit card device out to the driver so they can insert their card. Drivers will not need to hand their cards to the toll collector. Other payment types on phones, including Google Pay and Apple Pay, also are accepted.
Customers are encouraged to visit the MacPass website at https://MacPass.MackinacBridge.org to sign up for an account and receive stickers in the mail. Anyone can open a MacPass account, which allows for online deposits and transaction information.
MacPass customers can use toll lanes designated for MacPass by the overhead signs, or any open lane. Drivers should still watch for toll collectors and customers walking across lanes.
Though the MacPass is not exclusively for commuter customers, MacPass holders with passenger vehicles can still qualify for the commuter discount toll if they make both a northbound and southbound trip within 36 hours. The toll will be $4 for the first trip but customers will not be charged for the return trip if completed within 36 hours.
MacPass is the only tolling transponder currently in use at the Mackinac Bridge; I-Pass, E-ZPass, SunPass, etc., though similar, are not accepted. Surveys have shown that few Mackinac Bridge customers currently use other tolling transponders.
Customers who already have a MacPass account can still use their cards through the end of 2020. Current MacPass account holders do not need to open a new account to get a sticker.
More information on the MacPass is available on the MBA website at www.MackinacBridge.org/MacPass.