Toll roads in the United States

US Toll Roads, Bridges and Tunnels

Motorhome and car rental – Toll Charges in the USA

US Toll Roads
According to the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association has more than 5,000 miles of toll roads in the US, so it is quite likely you will encounter one driving with your rental motorhome. From bridge and tunnel tolls to express and high occupancy lanes, most states have some sort of toll road system.
Nowadays most tolls are collected electronically via transponders that are typically placed on the windshield inside the vehicle. As many toll roads no longer accept cash it?s recommended to check the individual websites of each state?s toll system to inform yourself about the payment options along your route.
Some states have an RF tag that automatically bills the commuters account electronically for tolls. Examples of this are the E-ZPass electronic toll collection system used on most toll bridges, toll tunnels, and toll roads in the eastern U.S. from Virginia to the south, to Maine to the north, to Illinois to the west; California’s FasTrak; Florida’s SunPass; Kansas’s K-Tag; Oklahoma’s Pikepass; Texas’s TxTag (and within Texas, Houston’s EZ Tag and Dallas’s TollTag); Louisiana’s GeauxPass; and Georgia’s Peach Pass and Cruise Card. Traffic in these special lanes can move near the speed limit with minimal slowing.

Toll roads in the United States

Toll roads in the United States

Toll roads, especially near the East Coast, are often called turnpikes; the term turnpike originated from pikes, which were long sticks that blocked passage until the fare was paid and the pike turned at a toll house (or toll booth in current terminology).
Toll roads and bridges are fairly rare in the USA except in the northeast and Florida. If you will route out your travels on www.mapquest.com, you should be able to see the major toll roads. That will not include things like bridge tolls.
As of January 2014, the states of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming have never had any toll roads, while Connecticut, Kentucky, and Georgia have had toll roads in the past, but have since removed the tolls on those roads. Connecticut, Kentucky, Michigan, Georgia, and Tennessee currently have proposals to construct future toll roads.
E-ZPass is the electronic transponder for tolls in the Northeast of the US. It is the most established and widest-used system. Currently it is accepted in sixteen states stretching from Illinois up to Maine and down to North Carolina.
The SunPass is the second-largest compatible toll transponder usable in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. The North Carolina NC Quick Pass is another option with interoperability with E-ZPass, SunPass and Peach Pass accounts.
Some highways have booth-less tolling, also known as open road tolls, which requires drivers to register their plates instead of using a transponder. PlatePass license plate recognition is another common way to pay for tolls with your rental car.
California drivers can make use of the FasTrak transponder which makes for quicker and easier payment over the eight bridges in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can also use the FasTrak to enter express lanes in both Northern and Southern California.

Motorhome and car rental – Toll Charges in the USA
Most motorhome rental companies offer electronic Toll Payment Facilities ( E-ZPass, PlatePass )which will allow you to automatically pay for your tolls. The Toll Payment facilities must be hired for the duration of your motorhome rental and will allow you to use the electronic lanes on toll roads. The Toll payment facilities are rented by the motorhome or car rental suppliers for the duration of your rental (Usually arounf $10.00USD per week, check with supplier as rates vary). The toll fees you incur will usually be billed seperatly to your credit card.

Automatically register through a rental car / motorhome agreement

Before driving a rental car / motorhome on The Toll Roads, it is recommended that you ask the rental car company how they process tolls and fees. Many rental motorhome / car companies offer ways to pay tolls and have them charged conveniently through your rental agreement. If the rental car company or branch location doesn’t allow you to pay tolls through your rental agreement, you can pay tolls online using our One-Time-Toll payment option. Additionally, some Avis and Budget car rental locations in California have certain vehicles equipped with FasTrak transponders that allow drivers to use any tolled bridge, lane and road in California for a nominal fee. The rental car companies listed below offer the option of paying tolls through your rental agreement.

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