Cash Toll Booths Go the Way of the Dodo Bird Wednesday

About 13 percent of the drivers on Orange County's toll roads were paying with cash each day, officials said.

Photo courtesy the Toll Roads.
Photo courtesy the Toll Roads.

Edited at 2:55 p.m. May 13, 2014. Edited to add video.

At midnight, motorists on Orange County's toll roads will no longer be able to pay with cash.

Instead, drivers must sign up for an account that allows new equipment to register use of the toll roads with sensors and cameras. Users are then either billed to their credit cards or have a charge deducted from a registered FasTrak account.

Only about 13 percent of the drivers on Orange County's toll roads pay with cash each day, according to officials with the Transportation Corridor Agencies, which oversees the 73, 133, 241 and 261 toll roads.

Charging users through electronic means or pre-registered accounts is a trend in the industry, according to the agency's chairwoman Lisa Bartlett.

The ways to pay tolls, starting at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, are:

  • Register for FasTrak, a prepaid account that can be filled up by cash, check, electronic check or a credit card. A transponder records use and billing statements are issued through regular correspondence or email. This option is the least expensive with motorists saving on average 20 percent, or between 45 cents to $1.10 per use. For those who use it less than $25 per month, a $2 fee is levied
  • A new ExpressAccount allows motorists to register personal information with the agency that allows for billing through cash, check, electronic check or credit card. Accounts can be managed online or by using a free phone app, no transponder is needed and there's no monthly maintenance fee. But there's a $2 invoice processing fee
  • Just drive through, and if a payment is made within 48 hours there are no fines or penalties

The system works by having a high-resolution camera take pictures of license plates.

The agency has removed cash-collection booths.

Officials have previously said they hope to save $13.3 million over the next five years with the new system.

--City News Service

Lucy Wolfe May 14, 2014 at 09:34 AM
My transponder no longer beeps when I pass through. Will wait for my bill and see if I am getting charged properly.
Stan Jacobs May 14, 2014 at 10:52 AM
Shutting down the SJH "corridor" would be a benefit for all.
ace May 14, 2014 at 12:09 PM
you can kiss you FREEWAYS goodbye Taxifornia within 20 years most of the roads will be toll roads.. Also get ready for the tax you by the mile laws coming soon to a state near you Govt gone WILD...
GreenInOC May 15, 2014 at 12:57 AM
Too bad we're not reading "Toll ROADS Go the Way of the Dodo Bird Wednesday". We can dream right?!


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