It's part of a bid to draw more drivers onto the roads, Transportation Corridor Agencies CEO Neil Peterson said during a recent city council meeting.
The estimated 16 percent of drivers who pay cash to use the roads will then have five cash-free options.
Here are the five cash-free Orange County toll road options:
- Use a FasTrak transponder. These are pre-paid and come with a small monthly fee. They work with any toll road in the state.
- Sign up for an ExpressAccount. These are transponder-free accounts that can be paid in three ways: 1) Pay with a pre-paid account; 2) charge a credit card each time a toll is paid; 3) pay an invoice for all tolls used over the course of a month. ExpressAccount payments have no monthly maintenance fee, but the invoice option costs $2 per invoice.
- Without any account at all, pay online within 48 hours to avoid a fine.
The CEO said the TCA hopes to upsell ExpressAccount users with FasTrak transponders.