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DOTD Toll Funds Transferred to State Treasurer

posted Jun 17, 2013, 1:26 PM by Yvonne Mitchell-Grubb
From Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: HB 348
June 13, 2013
Contact: Bambi Hall

DOTD provides update on toll funds to be transferred to State Treasurer

New Orleans, LA - With House Bill (HB) 348 now signed by Governor Bobby Jindal,
the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces it
will transfer approximately $8 million in remaining funds from Crescent City
Connection (CCC) GeauxPass toll accounts to the state treasurer. Customers will
have until close of business tomorrow, June 14, 2013, to claim CCC deposits,
account balances and monies paid to date from DOTD. After that time, customers
will be subject to the state treasurer's refund protocols.

Currently, DOTD officials estimate that approximately $8 million in toll tag
deposits, account balances and funds collected between January 1 and March 5,
2013, will be transferred. Customers continue to request refund balances, daily,
so the amount to be transferred may change. To date, DOTD has provided more than
$360,000 in refunds to over 9,000 individuals.

Per the new law, after Friday, June 14, funds will be considered abandoned as
unclaimed property and transferred from DOTD to the treasurer, who will deposit
the money into the newly created GeauxPass Transition Fund as administrator of
the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, and refunded through the state treasurer's
office. CCC will continue to accept any and all refund request in person, by
mail, email, and fax, through the end of the day on June 14 and will complete
all refund request received by the end of the day on Monday, June 17. Any refund
request received after close of business on Friday, June 14 will be forwarded to
the state treasurer's Unclaimed Property Office.

DOTD anticipates transferring all applicable CCC files, funds and unprocessed
mail requests by close of business on Monday, July 1, 2013, with Unclaimed
Property continuing the refund process thereafter. Additionally, any funds
remaining for toll tag deposits for all Geaux Pass accounts with the primary
designation of the Crescent City Connection Bridge that have had no activity on
Louisiana Highway 1 on or after July 1, 2012, will be transferred to the state
treasurer. Once the transfer takes place, former CCC customers will have to
contact the Unclaimed Property Office at 888-925-4127 or email the office via
the following link to request a refund or for further information on its
process, http://www.treasury.state.la.us/Home%20Pages/ContactForm.aspx.

Geaux Pass or toll tag customers with their primary designation of the Crescent
City Connection Bridge, who would like to maintain an account for use at La. 1
in Lafourche but have not utilized the tag on La. 1 in the past year, need to
contact DOTD's customer service to request that their account be designated as a
La. 1 account. After June 14, any funds not claimed by customers or not
re-designated as La. 1 accounts will be transferred.

To contact the GeauxPass Customer Service Center, visit www.geauxpass.com<http://www.geauxpass.com>,
e-mail customerservice@geauxpass.com<mailto:customerservice@geauxpass.com> or
call (866) 662-8987.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed
to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality
of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 930
miles of interstate and 13,000 bridges, DOTD supports the development of the
state's aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are
able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital
evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.

For more information, please visit www.dotd.la.gov<https://mailht.mail.la.gov/owa/redir.aspx?C=8bc3abbec8c9435fabe99652a2130af7&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.dotd.la.gov>,
email dotdcs@la.gov<https://mailht.mail.la.gov/owa/redir.aspx?C=8bc3abbec8c9435fabe99652a2130af7&URL=mailto%3adotdcs%40la.gov>,
or call DOTD's Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD
(1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Motorists can access up-to-date travel information by dialing 511 or by visiting
www.511la.org<https://mailht.mail.la.gov/owa/redir.aspx?C=8bc3abbec8c9435fabe99652a2130af7&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.511la.org>.
Out of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).

www.dotd.la.govhttp://www.dotd.la.gov/
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