The Toll Roads in Orange County (State Routes 73, 133, 241 and 261) have announced the date when cash toll collection will end on its 51-mile Toll Road network: Wednesday, May 14 at 12:01 a.m.
“This is an exciting time for our Toll Road customers,” said Lisa Bartlett, chairwoman of the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency. “We’re saying good-bye to cash, but we’re welcoming fast, more convenient ways for customers to pay their tolls.”
In January, the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA), which operates The Toll Roads, introduced four new ways to pay tolls to replace cash toll collection. Along with the hugely-popular FasTrak® payment method, the three new ExpressAccount™ types and the new One-Time-Toll option make the drive on The Toll Roads fast and convenient.
In anticipation of The Toll Roads removing cash toll collection, TCA is offering new FasTrak and ExpressAccount customers a free week of nonstop driving as soon as they establish an account at thetollroads.com (PROMO CODE: FREETOLL).Offer ends May 11, 2014. With a FasTrak transponder and ExpressAccount license-plate imaging, all tolls are collected electronically while motorists travel at highway speeds.
“We’re seeing the end of an era, but The Toll Roads are definitely riding the wave of change. Paying cash for most things today is quickly becoming obsolete,” said Rush Hill, chairman of the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency. “With our new nonstop system, gone will be the need to stop at toll plazas and fumble around for exact change.”
The Toll Roads also launched on its website, thetollroads.com, a new countdown clock so customers can see how much time they have left to pay with cash, making them mindful of signing up for FasTrak or ExpressAccount.
The Toll Roads are making available free countdown clock widgets so that community organizations, business groups, cities and other public agencies can easily inform their members and constituents. Webmasters may choose one of several widgets and paste that code to their website. Widgets are available athttps://www.thetollroads.com/communications/countdown-widgets.php.
For more information about the different account options and which one is right for you, please visit thetollroads.com. An ExpressAccount can only be used on The Toll Roads (SRs 73, 133, 241 and 261) and the toll is, on average, 20 percent higher than the toll paid by a FasTrak customer.