New, higher toll rates officially went into effect Jan. 1 on
the Illinois Tollway.
Illinois Tollway officials approved the
plan Sept. 30. It increases the number of hours truckers can receive the
off-peak rate and allows the discount even if they use I-Pass, said Joelle
McGinnis, press secretary for the Illinois Tollway.
However, rates for truckers have still
more than doubled.
From 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., all truckers –
paying with cash or I-Pass – will pay the off-peak $3 rate. Additional off-peak
hours for truckers using I-Pass will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays,
from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, and all weekend long. During those
additional hours, truckers paying with cash will pay the $4 rate.
All truckers using the toll roads would
pay the full $4 from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on
weekdays – when the Tollway’s routes are clogged with commuters in the Chicago
The toll is charged at each toll plaza a
truck passes through. On the Tri-State Tollway, truckers must pass through
In August, Gov. Rod Blagojevich proposed
nearly quadrupling the tolls truckers pay on the Illinois Tollway. However,
that plan was scaled back to the current increase.
Tollway officials said in a statement
that the money from the increased tolls is earmarked for rebuilding and restoring most of the roads in
the Tollway system, adding lanes to the system’s major roads, replacing toll
plazas and building the Interstate 355 South Extension.