Thursday, October 23, 2008

Skyway considers open-road tolling

Drivers who save time and money by using open-road tolling on the Illinois Tollway might someday enjoy the same benefits on the Chicago Skyway.

The Spanish-Australian consortium that's paying the city $1.83 billion for a 99-year Chicago Skyway lease is laying the groundwork for open-road tolling.
Chicago Skyway Concession Co. is asking the Illinois General Assembly to authorize camera enforcement and administrative adjudication of Skyway toll violators.

The company, which uses gates to stop toll cheats, would be responsible for installing surveillance cameras and mailing violation notices. But drivers who refuse to pay or contest their tickets would be processed through the city Department of Administrative Hearings. In exchange, the city would assess and pocket a yet-unspecified fine.
If I recall correctly there's only one toll both on the road just before 87th. Continue east on the Skyway the next toll booth is just as you cross into Indiana. I don't see an advantage to open road tolling here to be honest.

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