-The Family Fun Day and Triangle Expressway 5K Trot was a huge success on Sunday, Nov. 20 as 551 runners raised more than $20,000 to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). The N.C. Turnpike Authority hosted the event to celebrate the upcoming opening of the Expressway. In just 18 months, the Turnpike Authority has spent a little more than half a million dollars of its $2 million marketing budget. "Letting the consumers run on the road before they ride it is a great way to advertise, in addition to raising money for a good cause. This is direct and target marketing for a project that is significantly under budget," said NC Turnpike Authority's Director of Community Relations Reid Simons. The Triangle Parkway, which is the first phase of the Triangle Expressway, is scheduled to open to traffic on Dec. 8 with an opening ceremony. This opening is three weeks early and the work is more than $40 million under budget. Tolls on the Expressway will be collected electronically, eliminating the need for toll booths. About 3,000 transponders have been sold to date, exceeding the expectation of having 2,000 sold by the original opening date of Jan. 3, 2012. Customers may purchase an electronic sticker transponder, called NC Quick Pass, for $5 to begin saving up to 35% on tolls. Overhead high-speed cameras will capture the license plate information of drivers without transponders and bill them by mail. The NC Quick Pass transponders are available online at www.ncquickpass.com or at the NC Quick Pass Customer Service Center at 200 Sorrell Grove Church Road, Suite A in Morrisville.The second phase of the Triangle Expressway, to Holly Springs, is scheduled to open later in 2012.For more information on the Turnpike Authority please call the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660.