April 2, 2013 > All-electronic tolls applauded
All-electronic tolls applauded
Submitted By Kristofer Eisenla
For the first time since the Golden Gate Bridge opened 76 years ago, drivers can now move freely through the toll plaza without stopping. All-electronic toll collection went into effect on March 27 and is a trend occurring across the country, according to Patrick Jones, Executive Director and CEO of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA).
Jones was interviewed this morning on NPR's Marketplace offering comment regarding the national trend to high tech toll collection systems happening on roads throughout the country. Jones said, "You've seen it happen on the Tobin Bridge in Boston. You've seen entire systems switching to all electronic tolling in Denver, Colorado; Dallas, Texas; the North Texas Tollway Authority; Austin, Texas."
"In the old days, you paid a toll by stopping at a toll booth and handing your money to a person or dropping your coins in a basket. This frustrated motorists because they had to stop and wait to pay a toll. Not anymore," said Patrick Jones, IBTTA Executive Director and CEO. "Tolling once meant stop, but today high tech tolling means go, go, go."