As part of the agreement between the state of Indiana and the private investment consortium that leased the Indiana Toll Road for 75
years, the toll operator will implement electronic toll collection by September
2007, according to media reports.
This means truckers will need another dash-mounted device
and another expense account to use the electronic toll lanes on the 157-mile
road in northern Indiana.
But since the Indiana Toll Road is linked to the Chicago
Skyway, and they are both operated by the same Spanish-Australian consortium of
Cintra Macquarie, the operator will extend the Illinois I-Pass system for use
on the Indiana Toll Road.
The Indiana Toll Road and the I-Pass roads in Illinois are part of the E-Z Pass network linking the upper Midwest to eastern states.
Rates are going up on the Indiana Toll Road, as Land Line
has previously reported, with tolls scheduled to increase from $14.85 to $33 in
2009 for heavy trucks traveling the entire length of the road.