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Driving The Toll Roads

  1. Where are The Toll Roads?

    Where are The Toll Roads?

    See a map of The Toll Roads and toll rates.

  2. How do I pay tolls on The Toll Roads?

    How do I pay tolls on The Toll Roads?

    There are five ways to pay tolls incurred on The Toll Roads:

    • FasTrak®
    • Charge ExpressAccount®
    • Invoice ExpressAccount®
    • Prepaid ExpressAccount®
    • One-Time-Toll®

    FasTrak tolls are $1 less than the tolls paid by ExpressAccount and One-Time-Toll drivers. And, the FasTrak transponder allows accountholders to pay tolls electronically on every tolled bridge, lane and road in California. FasTrak drivers affix the transponder to their vehicle's windshield and when they pass through a tolling point the toll is automatically deducted from their account, which is prepaid using credit card, check or cash.

    The three ExpressAccount types allow for electronic toll payment without a FasTrak transponder. Photos of a vehicle's license plates are used to record transactions and tolls are charged to a credit card (Charge ExpressAccount), withdrawn from a prefunded account (Prepaid ExpressAccount) or invoiced at the end of the month (Invoice ExpressAccount). An ExpressAccount may only be used on the 73, 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads. The ExpressAccount toll is the FasTrak toll plus $1.

    The new One-Time-Toll payment option was created specifically for area visitors or infrequent users of The Toll Roads. After driving The Toll Roads, pay your toll(s) using our free app or online at TheTollRoads.com using the One-Time-Toll feature. To help drivers with the transition from cash to all electronic tolling, the One-Time-Toll payment period has been extended from 48 hours to 5 days.

    Cash toll collection was removed from The Toll Roads on May 14, 2014 and cash is no longer accepted on the roadways as a form of payment.

  3. What is FasTrak? How do I use it to pay tolls?

    What is FasTrak? How do I use it to pay tolls?

    FasTrak is the preferred method of payment on The Toll Roads - with 87 percent of drivers using it to pay the lowest toll rates and pay tolls electronically on every tolled bridge, lane and road in California. FasTrak drivers affix a transponder to their vehicle's windshield and when they pass through a tolling location the toll is automatically deducted from their account, which is prepaid using credit card, check or cash.

    When approaching a ramp toll plaza or mainline toll plaza, drives should maintain speed, overhead gantries detect the transponder and the appropriate toll is automatically deducted.

  4. What is ExpressAccount? How do I use it to pay tolls?

    What is ExpressAccount? How do I use it to pay tolls?

    The three ExpressAccount types allow for electronic toll payment without a FasTrak transponder. Photos of a vehicle's license plates are used to record transactions and tolls are charged to a credit card (Charge ExpressAccount), withdrawn from a prefunded account (Prepaid ExpressAccount) or invoiced at the end of the month (Invoice ExpressAccount). An ExpressAccount may only be used on the 73, 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads.

  5. What is One-Time-Toll? How do I use it to pay tolls?

    What is One-Time-Toll? How do I use it to pay tolls?

    The One-Time-Toll payment option was created specifically for area visitors or infrequent users of The Toll Roads. Within 48 hours after driving The Toll Roads, the driver pays the appropriate toll(s) online or using The Toll Roads' free app. To help drivers with the transition from cash to all electronic tolling, the One-Time-Toll payment period has been extended from 48 hours to 5 days.

  6. Do you accept cash at toll booths on The Toll Roads?

    Do you accept cash at toll booths on The Toll Roads?

    No. On May 14, 2014, cash toll collection was removed from The Toll Roads. Although we removed one method of payment, we have introduced four new ways to pay tolls without stopping or fumbling for change.

    Now, with five ways to pay (FasTrak®, three new ExpressAccount® types and a One-Time-Toll® payment option), there's a custom payment method that will work for every driver - regardless of their method of payment, when they want to pay their toll and how much of California they intend to explore.

    Since 2010, we've been carefully researching the latest and most advanced toll collection technologies to improve your experience on The Toll Roads. After conducting consumer surveys and focus groups, we found that - in addition to FasTrak - drivers wanted more, easy ways to pay without stopping. So that's what we've provided.

  7. Can I pay my tolls with cash?

    Can I pay my tolls with cash?

    Cash toll collection was removed from The Toll Roads on May 14 and cash is no longer accepted on the roadways as a form of payment. Now, with five ways to pay tolls (FasTrak®, three new ExpressAccount® types and a One-Time-Toll® option), there's a custom payment method that will work for every driver - regardless their method of payment, when they want to pay their toll and how much of California they intend to explore.

  8. Can I tow a boat or trailer on The Toll Roads?

    Can I tow a boat or trailer on The Toll Roads?

    Yes, boats and trailers can be towed on The Toll Roads. If paying with FasTrak or an ExpressAccount, the license plate of the boat or trailer must be registered to your account - which can be done online or by using our free app. California State Highway laws also apply on The Toll Roads, therefore any vehicle pulling a boat or trailer must follow the same rules and regulations as on the regular highways. Boats and trailers cannot be towed on the 91 Express Lanes, the 10-mile tollway in the median of the 91 freeway, which is run by a separate entity.

  9. I drive a motorcycle, do I have to pay a toll? Can I use FasTrak?

    I drive a motorcycle, do I have to pay a toll? Can I use FasTrak?

    Motorcycles pay the same toll as a two-axle vehicle on The Toll Roads. Motorcyclists can use FasTrak, an ExpressAccount and One-Time-Toll to pay. Be sure to keep the transponder in a secure location, such as on the vehicle or in a pocket or bag.

  10. Can vehicles with three or more passengers ride for free on the 73, 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads?

    Can vehicles with three or more passengers ride for free on the 73, 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads?

    All vehicles on the 73, 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads must pay a toll. However, some toll agencies in Southern California offer discounted rates or free rides to carpooling and/or high occupancy vehicles. For more information please visit 91 Express Lanes (www.91expresslanes.com), SR 125 South Bay Expressway (www.southbayexpressway.com), I-15 Express Lanes (http://fastrak.511sd.com), LA Metro ExpressLanes - (www.metroexpresslanes.net) or Bay Area FasTrak (www.bayareafastrak.org). It is your responsibility to know the toll rates and rules of each toll facility you use.

  11. Can hybrid or electric vehicles travel The Toll Roads for free or at a discount?

    Can hybrid or electric vehicles travel The Toll Roads for free or at a discount?

    Hybrid and electric vehicles are subject to standard toll rates on The Toll Roads.