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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 is the preferred method of payment on The Toll Roads - with 83 percent of drivers using it to pay the lowest toll rates and to pay tolls electronically on every tolled bridge, lane and road in California. FasTrak drivers affix a transponder issued by The Toll Roads to their vehicle's windshield and when they pass through a tolling location using the designated FasTrak lanes the toll is automatically deducted from their FasTrak 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plates are used to record transactions and tolls are charged to a credit card that evening (Charge ExpressAccount), withdrawn from a prefunded account (Prepaid ExpressAccount) or invoiced at the end of the month (Invoice ExpressAccount).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 new One-Time-Toll payment option was created specifically for area visitors or infrequent users of The Toll Roads. Within 48 hours after using The Toll Roads, the driver pays the appropriate toll(s) online or using The Toll Roads' free app.

    Cash toll collection is being removed from The Toll Roads and, in May 2014,cash will no longer be accepted on the roadways as a form of payment. Until then, cash tolls will continue to be collected at ramp toll plazas (at road entry and exit ramps) and mainline toll plazas.

    Not all cash toll booths are staffed so be prepared to pay with exact change at automatic coin machines. (Note: Cash is not accepted on the 91 Express Lanes, which is run by a separate entity from The Toll Roads.)

    Paying tolls at ramp toll plazas. As you enter a ramp toll plaza, the road separates into FasTrak lanes on the left and cash lanes on the right. FasTrak, ExpressAccount and One-Time-Toll patrons should pass through the designated FasTrak lanes without stopping and pay the toll as their form of payment dictates. Cash patrons should have exact change, as most ramps are equipped with automatic coin machines. Ramp toll rates vary from $0.55 to $2.50. At a coin machine, simply place the toll in the collection basket. Once the toll is paid, you will see a green light that signals you to drive through.

    Paying tolls at mainline toll plazas. As you enter a mainline plaza, the road separates into FasTrak lanes on the left and cash lanes on the right. FasTrak, ExpressAccount and One-Time-Toll patrons should pass through the designated FasTrak lanes without stopping and pay the toll as their form of payment dictates. Mainline plaza toll rates on the 73 Toll Road vary from $4.80 to $6.75, depending on the method of payment and the time of day. On the 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads, toll rates vary from $1.40 to $3.50, depending on the method of payment and the time of day. If you are paying cash, you will either pay a toll attendant or an automatic coin machine (exact change may be required).

  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 83 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 issued by The Toll Roads to their vehicle's windshield and when they pass through a tolling location using the designated FasTrak lanes the toll is automatically deducted from their FasTrak account, which is prepaid using credit card, check or cash.

    When approaching a ramp toll plaza or mainline toll plaza, FasTrak drivers use the left-hand "FasTrak Lanes" where overhead gantries detect the transponder and the appropriate toll is automatically deducted from the corresponding prepaid FasTrak account.

  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 that evening (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.

    When approaching a ramp toll plaza or mainline toll plaza, ExpressAccount drivers use the left-hand "FasTrak Lanes" where overhead cameras photograph the front and rear license plates and the toll is paid via the method dictated by the account type (charge, invoice or prepaid).

  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 using The Toll Roads, the driver pays the appropriate toll(s) online or using The Toll Roads' free app.

    When approaching a ramp toll plaza or mainline toll plaza, those using the One-Time-Toll payment option should use the left-hand "FasTrak Lanes."

  6. Is it true that soon I won't be able to pay with cash at toll booths on The Toll Roads?

    Is it true that soon I won't be able to pay with cash at toll booths on The Toll Roads?

    In May, cash toll collection will be removed from The Toll Roads. Although we are removing 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 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.

    For the nearly 83 percent of drivers on The Toll Roads who already pay electronically, our conversion to all-electronic toll collection will be seamless and uneventful. FasTrak customers don't have to make any changes to their accounts with the conversion.

    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 want more, easy ways to pay without stopping. So that's what we're providing.

  7. Can I pay my tolls with cash? Do I need exact change?

    Can I pay my tolls with cash? Do I need exact change?

    Cash toll collection is being removed from The Toll Roads and, in May 2014, cash will no longer be accepted on the roadways as a form of payment. Until then, cash tolls will continue to be collected at ramp toll plazas (at road entry and exit ramps) and mainline toll plazas.

    Not all cash toll booths are staffed so be prepared to pay with exact change at automatic coin machines. (Note: Cash is not accepted on the 91 Express Lanes, which is run by a separate entity from The Toll Roads.) Automatic coin machines accept dollar coins, fifty cent pieces, quarters, dimes and nickels. No pennies or bills please. Most machines require that you to get coin change first, then place the coins into the basket to pay the toll. Some machines accept $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills and will deduct the toll automatically.

  8. What if I do not have exact change and drive through?

    What if I do not have exact change and drive through?

    Within the 48 hours after your trip, you can use The Toll Roads' One-Time-Toll payment option to the pay the appropriate toll(s) online or using The Toll Roads' free app.

    If a toll is not paid within 48 hours after driving, the vehicle's owner will receive a Notice of Toll Evasion (also called a toll violation) in the mail within two weeks. The violation notice will include the price of the toll plus a $57.50 penalty, which can be paid online or via postal mail. Toll violations can be contested online, by filling out the dispute section on the back of the notice and returning via postal mail or by calling our Violations Department at (949) 727-4800.

    If the driver has no previous violations, the violation notice will include an offer to open a FasTrak or ExpressAccount and have $40 of the violation processing fee applied to the new account.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.