Illinois Tollway reports possible problems with I-Pass lanes

| 6/15/2006

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 misunderstanding?

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 millions.

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.