Mounted to the windshield of my car is an I-Pass toll transponder, which is Illinois’s version of the E-ZPass toll transponder used to collect tolls throughout much of the eastern half of the country. I find it both fascinating and creepy that using a toll transponder creates an electronic record of your whereabouts:
- Both the transponder in my car and the transponder in my wife’s car are in her name. (This report shows only tolls incurred by the transponder in my car.)
- It costs more to cross the George Washington Bridge ($7.50) than it does to drive the entire 156-mile length of the Indiana Toll Road ($4.18). (Although, to be fair, the trip across the George Washington Bridge is much nicer than the trip across northern Indiana.)
- In contrast to the George Washington Bridge, the Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge is a bargain at $1.
- Both the Indiana Toll Road and Ohio Turnpike use a ticket system, where you take a ticket when you enter the toll road, and then pay tolls when you leave the toll road, based on how far you’ve travelled. (Since I have the I-Pass, I don’t need to take a ticket—it’s handled electronically.) That’s why you see only one tool recorded for each trip.
- On the Illinois Tollway, by contrast, you simply pay a toll every so many miles along the highway (as well as at certain on- and off-ramps). The last two tolls, for example, represent my cost for using I-355.