Category Archives: I-Pass
It seems, according to NY Port Authority Police via Yahoo News, a truck driver used a device inspired by 007 to avoid paying a $95 toll to get across the George Washington Bridge and enter New York City.
The truck was outfitted with a switch, that when triggered would flip the back license plate so the EZPass toll readers couldn’t read it–saving nearly $100.
Unfortunately for the truck driver, a police officer saw the plate prank in action and arrested the driver.
The driver confessed to purchasing a $2,500 kit to make the plate flipping device.
Here’s the full story, “NYC trucker accused of avoiding toll with device inspired by James Bond.”
H/T to Jeff for the story.
The Illinois Tollway is testing two new apps that they hope will let users pay tolls and get travel info via their phone according to the Chicago Tribune.
One app called SafeTrip would send users traffic alerts to users phones and also give updates on current tollway road conditions.
The Tribune reports drivers would receive the alerts over the phone’s speaker so the motorist is obeying the state’s ban on using handheld devices while driving. This app is currently being tested by just 30 tollway employees, but will be expanded to 100 users in late January.
Another app works similar to the I-Pass transponder but it’s designed to allow non-I-Pass users or infrequent tollway users to pay for tolls via their phone while on the tollway–instead of having to wait in the long lines at tollway booths to pay cash.
Here’s the Tribune’s full story, “Tollway testing apps to give travel info, pay tolls by phone.”
Get any weird e-mails from E-ZPass lately?
Advocates For 70 MPH Speed Limits Hope To Convince Tollway To Increase Posted Speeds At December Board Meeting
Motorists interested in weighing in on speed limits on Illinois Tollways will have one last chance to address the Tollway’s Board of Directors at a meeting Thursday morning.
Advocates of raising the speed limit on the tollway system are viewing the meeting as one last chance to convince the board to allow speed limits to go up to 70 mph on most of the system.
A bill sponsored by Illinois State Senator Jim Oberweis to increase the speed limit on all state expressways passed overwhelmingly in both houses of the Illinois General Assembly and was signed by Governor Pat Quinn in August.
The year is 1959.
The Illinois Tollway system, then consisting of just three tollways–the Tri-State, Northwest and East-West, decides it needs to promote drivers to use the 187 miles of roadway.
So some advertising genius creates Mary MacToll!
Can’t afford to use your I-PASS anymore?
In most cases, these routes extend travel times–often increasing driving times significantly.
One Herald reader explains while one alternative route saves him on tolls, the extra expense on gas and wear and tear on his vehicle aren’t worth it, so he’s stuck with paying the more expensive tolls.