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O.C. Toll Roads Going Cash-Free in May

Orange County's toll road agency plans to eliminate cash toll collection from highways 73, 133, 241 and 261 in May, according to a Wednesday announcement.

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.
"I'm convinced a lot of people don't use our roads because they're just concerned—where do I get off, where do I get on, will I have exact change?" Peterson said.

The CEO said the TCA hopes to upsell ExpressAccount users with FasTrak transponders.
Mary Hurlbut January 10, 2014 at 12:44 PM
what a hassle for the few times I use the tollroads...but then I always have cash
Stan Jacobs January 10, 2014 at 02:34 PM
Eliminate the monthly fee and you will get more transponder users.
Laguna Streets January 22, 2014 at 12:47 AM
A stranded asset that should never have been built. In 10 years we will be using subsidized gasoline to drive our subsidized cars on a subsidized toll road.

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