• Jun 10, 2009
Cruising the Ohio Turnpike is about to get a whole lot easier. Anyone who's ever traveled the highway is probably plenty familiar with the annoyance of having to scrounge for change and small bills to pay at each toll booth. But after holding out for years, the Ohio Turnpike Commission is taking a big step forward. Not only will they now institute the E-Z Pass system already implemented across much of the northeast, but many toll booths will now begin accepting debit and credit cards even if you're not part of the E-Z Pass program.

The implementation of the credit and debit card readers will begin at select, low-traffic toll booths by the end of the year, eventually to be installed at a larger array along the 241-mile highway. Neighboring Indiana will follow suit as well, where the E-Z Pass system is already in effect.

[Source: Cleveland.com via Kicking Tires | Image courtesy of WikiMedia Commons]


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      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lets see who can guess what car that is......



      I say 94-97 honda Accord
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Hey, that's the reason i clicked on the comments ..... damn you! LoL~~
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Integra GS with an automatic... the real question is... hatch or sedan?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's about damn time the US started doing something like this. They've been accepting credit cards in Europe for a very long time, and you don't see the ridiculous lines and hold-ups you do here. It's MUCH more efficient and makes more sense.

      I would think part of the reason they haven't done it yet is the desire to adopt the transponders or barcoded systems, but not everyone is going to use it, so you have to help the lowest commmon denomenator. Plus, having one of those transponders doesn't help if there is a mile or two of back-up from people going through the cash lanes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      On the Ohio turnpike you do not pay at each toll booth, only when you exit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      AMEN! can the penna. turnpike learn from this?? I'm tired of collecting quarters before i leave the house, or borrowing family members' EZ passes
        • 5 Years Ago
        By the end of July, all the NTTA (North Texas Tollroad Authority) toll roads will be cash- and tollbooth-free. The only methods used will be the TollTags, which have been in use since 1989 (the first electronic collection system in the US), and ZipCash, where a high-speed camera takes a picture of the license plate and debits an account, or sends a bill to the registered owner.
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol, and don't forget the peak hours vs. regular times... it used to be 65 cents going from Fort Washington to NE Extension then during peak hours 75 cents; then 75 cents during regualr hours and a dollar during peak hours, and last time i checked I think i paid 1.25. it's not that the tolls are particularly expensive its just that its hard enough scrounging for change, and i'd like to know whether to look under the matress for $0.65 or almost twice as much at $1.25. Thats why i just use someone's EZPass if i want to use the highway
      • 5 Years Ago
      Taking a picture of a ticket while going 70mph isn't a good idea :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good job, jackass. Taking a photo of your turnpike ticket at 70mph? Oh, you are from Ohio. Explains it all.


      Douche.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know they have booths to keep jobs, but it would make more sense to just have cameras that shoot your plates and face. They could use a computer system to then mail a bill to address that's registered with the car. If the plates are missing or don't check out, then they could just pull you over. So much time is wasted going through the tolls. The E-Z Pass system is clever, but even then; why not just have your license plate registered?
        • 5 Years Ago
        David, that is how the NTTA does it - check my comment upthread.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Better idea. There's a reason the word 'free' is in freeway. Tollroads are a throwback to medieval Europe. Get rid of them. Your local auto registration fees and gas taxes should be enough to pay for roads, not this daily tax. Interestingly, if you can even find one in a Western state, it was built and administered by a private company, strictly for profit.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is how the 407ETR works in Ontario and it works beautifully. You have a small sensor in your car that registers when you drive through the cameras, the system matches your plate to your registered sensor, and you keep driving at highway speed. If you don't have a 'transponder' there's a $10 charge, but registering for one is like $20/year. They mail you a monthly statement, works beautifully. But I can't believe its privately owned - how genius was that deal?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's easier to send an invoice to someone for a couple of dollars than it is to collect at the time you use the highway?

        Really?

      • 5 Years Ago
      The Ohio Turnpike is an example of government planning at its best. When it was originally built the citizens of Ohio were told that it would pay for itself in 2 years and then it would be "free" to use like other state roads (i.e. only your taxes pay for upkeep). Too bad government continued to grow and now look - we are still paying for the roads even though our taxes have increased as well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Paid for in two years"? Source?

        The turnpike was built using 30 year bonds. There was never a plan to pay the road off in two years.

        Yes, the state decided to keep the tolls on the road after the bonds were paid off. The tolls maintain the road. If you use the road, you pay for it, if you don't use the road, you don't. It's simple. Unlike gas taxes, which always seem to get siphoned away from my part of Ohio to pay for projects in Columbus. The turnpike is the best maintained road in the state. It should serve as an example of what could be done to keep Ohio roads in better shape.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Driving while taking pictures, eh?
        • 5 Years Ago
        When the ABS isn't even working, no less. :P
        • 5 Years Ago
        At Least he was smart enough to fill up in Youngstown before getting on the turnpike...
      • 5 Years Ago
      With any luck we'll all soon have RFID chips implanted in our skulls and our corporate overlords can just automatically charge us all based on miles travelled and destination.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mark of the Beast! Do you want that on your forehead, or right hand?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anything to get through that land bridge, known as Ohio, faster is a blessing indeed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        U of M class of 'whenever the hell i reach 128 credits!'


        Go Blue!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I love you too.

        Signed,

        U of M class of '96
        • 5 Years Ago
        Haha - I'm from Toledo, so I feel quite at home in Michigan and at UofM...the Buckeyes can also bite me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Definitely not - I went to UT so that is who I root for, but this is a town divided when Ohio State and U of M is concerned...its tough to be in the middle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        OK, I retract the previous sarcasm seeing you have not been corrupted by that evil school in Columbus.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ohio is the worst state in the union. Worse than Connecticut, which is saying something because they slow down to 50 for every turn on their God-forsaken highways. Worse than Delaware where they are certain to drive as fast as the person next to them on a two lane highway that is 55, gladly passing the driver doing 52 at 52.5 mph. Worse than Pennsylvania where the trucks use both lanes to grind traffic to a halt for 2 hours because they don't want to get stuck on a hill.

        Yes it is a waste of land, life and resources.

        The greatest anti-Ohio quote to my memory was Stephan Colbert interviewing Congresswoman Tubbs I believe, and he posed,

        "more astronauts come from Ohio than any other state......what is it about your state that makes people want to flee earth?"

        Just classic...
        • 5 Years Ago
        As an Ohioan...bite me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed! Screw Ohio, especially OSU.

        UoM Class of 2009 (should have been 08...)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Holding a ticket with your left hand, holding camera with your right - all at 70mph. Still, at least there's usually very little traffic usually on that stretch of toll road by Youngstown.
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