By: Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer
The Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) will be implementing all-electronic tolling on the four toll roads it operates: the 73, 133, 241, and 261. All-electronic tolling will eliminate the need for toll booths.
“This new technology removing toll booths will allow people to move smoothly and unimpeded on the toll roads,” TCA Board Member Todd Spitzer said. “As more and more people use credit cards and online banking, cash and toll booths are becoming a thing of the past.”
Without toll booths, electronic tolling locations will automatically scan license plates of cars without FasTrak transponders. The car owners will then be automatically billed via the license plate scans. Individuals who do not have FasTrak transponders who wish to use the toll roads will no longer have to stop at toll booths or worry about having exact change. Switching from traditional toll booths to all-electronic tolling will also reduce the costs of toll collection.
Toll road users on the 73, 133, 241, and 261 will now have five options to pay tolls:
•“FasTrak” transponders will continue to operate as they always have, in which users sign up for a transponder and pay the lowest tolls; the FasTrak transponders operate anywhere in California
•“ExpressAccount – Prepaid” allows users to prepay their accounts using credit cards, cash, or checks, with tolls deducted from their balance
•“ExpressAccount – Charge” allows users to have their credit cards charged as tolls are accrued
•“ExpressAccount – Invoice” allows users to receive a monthly bill for tolls used that can be paid with credit cards, cash, or checks
•“One-Time Toll” allows each user to pay a toll online with a credit card 48 hours after a toll has been incurred without any fines or penalties and without signing up for an account
The electronic license plate scanning process will be used by the ExpressAccount and One-Time Toll programs for the 73, 133, 241, and 261 toll roads. ExpressAccounts and One-Time Toll have begun operation and will work alongside existing traditional cash toll booths until May, when the traditional cash toll booths will be removed.
The 91 Express Lanes are not part of the ExpressAccount and One-Time Toll programs, as they are not run by TCA. They are run by the Orange County Transportation Authority, which does use FasTrak transponders.
FasTrak was first introduced to California twenty years ago by TCA and has now become the industry standard. ExpressAccount and One-Time Toll are new TCA programs that are the first of their kind in California.
To compare the five ways to pay tolls on the 73, 133, 241, and 261, click here. For more information about each of these programs, click below: