Is it possible that tens of thousands of people a day are
cheating the Illinois Tollway out of tolls? Or could it just be a big
That’s the question officials with the Illinois State Toll
Highway Authority are asking this week.
According to recently released information, about 30,000
vehicles a day that do not have I-Pass transponders are passing through the
Tollway’s Open Road Tolling lanes – which have been open for about six months
in most locations.
What does that mean? For motorists, it means a free ride on
the Tollway. But for Tollway officials, it means lost revenue reaching into the
However, officials don’t believe a free ride is the
motivation for all of the toll scofflaws – it’s the signage at the toll plazas,
according to the Illinois Daily Herald.
In fact, Tollway officials are including funding for new
signs that more clearly identify the cash and Open Road Tolling lanes as part
of an upcoming $327 million construction plan.