Electronic Toll Roads Not Catching All Cars

The NTTA says it’s losing revenue on a lot of drivers who don’t have toll tags.
The toll road authority expects to lose 18 million this year alone because of billing problems.  In the first three months of 2010, about a third of all non toll tag users did not pay to use the George Bush, Rayburn Toll Road and Dallas North Tollway.  NTTA Chairman Paul Wageman tells the Morning News the conversion to all electronic toll roads was a smart move, but there have been unintended consequences.  There are a number of things that are causing the NTTA to miss out on revenue the biggest being the around 2 thousand toll cameras that are used to take pictures and bill users.   Nearly 40 percent of the unbillable transactions had camera images that were too dark, too fuzzy or just un-readable.  In some cases…there was no image of the vehicle at all.  The NTTA says it’s selected a vendor to replace existing cameras and to add new ones.

  • Hank Mishkoff

    So, in effect, those of us who have toll tags are subsidizing those of you who don’t.

    And because going all-electronic worked so well on the Bushway, now they’re rolling it out on the Tollway as well! More deadbeats for me to subsidize!

    Why don’t they just go ahead and double the tolls they charge to my tolltag, get it over with. They can call it a “stupidity tax” — but I don’t know who’s dumber, the NTTA for implementing such a brain-dead system, or me for using a toll tag so I can pay for thousands of other people to use the Tollway for free.

    • Rick

      Yea and the tolls for us that use the tolltags have gone up over 40%. Hum. time to fire them all and get people that have a half a brain to run the tollroads.

  • Joe Longoria

    Well i guess we that pay will get a rate hike on the toll tags. It’s like using the HOV lanes.

  • Beverly Combs

    It took them almost a year to get the bill to me..I don’t even remember the trip..but it was my car and I paid the bill..

  • LL

    Same for me Beverly, I do everything I can NOT to use the toll roads, this one time, didnt realize the very short distance I did was one-IF they had the booths to pay like used to maybe they wouldnt lose 18 million? Or better yet stop making roads that were not built as a toll road into one!!

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