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The End of the Cash Toll Booths Is Near: May 14

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.

These cash tool booths in Orange County will soon be a relic of the past. Patch file photo.
These cash tool booths in Orange County will soon be a relic of the past. Patch file photo.
From a Toll Roads press release:

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. 

Shawn Gordon April 08, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Bill, they got rid of the people a long time ago and went to machines. They are pulling out the machines so you cannot pay in an ad-hoc and immediate fashion, THAT is the problem. They also aren't government workers, The Toll Road is a private company.
Joker Joe April 08, 2014 at 12:09 PM
I would go the extra 10 miles before being subjected to paying a toll. I pay enough taxes for roads.
MFriedrich April 08, 2014 at 01:21 PM
What a shame. I'm going to miss the small talk with the toll booth personnel up until the lady behind me would inevitably starting wailing on her horn. I'm going, I'm going....jeeze.
Rocky Neidhardt April 08, 2014 at 01:53 PM
I see more fines and violations in everyone's futures
bill odel April 08, 2014 at 03:07 PM
I don't know where you go thru the toll booths, but I still see people.

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