North Carolina Turnpike Authority officials are trying to
come up with the best way to collect tolls that are being implemented in the
next few years.
Authority members met Tuesday, Nov. 21, to discuss
traditional toll booths, electronic transponder lanes for frequent users, and a
system that would take photos of license plates to send bills to customers.
The authority has a few months to work out the plan.
The Wilmington Star reported that one authority board
member joked about installing an "Easley Pass" system, like New York's E-ZPass,
only with some clever word play with North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley's name.
North Carolina has several road projects to be equipped with
tolls, including Wilmington's first toll road, the Cape Fear Expressway.
Officials said the method the authority eventually chooses
for collecting revenue from motorists and truckers will be implemented