Monday marks the start of when you will be able to zoom through some toll booths on the Indiana Toll Road.
The I-Zoom electronic toll system goes active on Monday from Portage to the Illinois state line.
Eventually, the entire Toll Road will be electronic.
Transponders Already on Sale
According to our Read It / Watch It partners at The Truth, 600 of the windshield mounted transponders were sold within the first week of sales.
If you want to purchase an I-Zoom transponder, they cost fifty dollars.
Forty dollars goes towards your pre-paid tolls, and the final ten for a deposit on the device.
They are on sale at the Toll Road Headquarters at Ash and the toll road in Granger.
And if you want to buy one from home and have it sent to you, simply call 1-888-I-ZOOM-90 or visit the website by clicking on the link below.
You can read much more about this story in Sunday's edition of The Truth.
How I-Zoom Works
Indiana is pushing the I-Zoom as a way to save both money and time.
You'd save money because if you have the I-Zoom pass, you would be shielded from a toll increase for ten years.
You'd save time because you won't have to stop at toll booths, your transponder will register with antennas on the booths and the tolls will be deducted from your account.
Shielded from Toll Increases
Right now it costs $4.65 to travel the whole length of the Toll Road.
After the I-Zoom goes into effect, that will increase to $8.00.
And if you're heading from South Bend to the west end of the Toll Road near Illinois, it’s $1.75 now.
The increase would put it at $2.75.
If you constantly travel between Indiana and Illinois, good news! You will be able to use the passes in both states, with a discount. The states agreed to allow residents of both states take advantage of their respective discounts. That means a 50% discount when you’re driving in Illinois and a 40% discount for Illinois drivers in Indiana.
I-Zoom is also going to be a part of a nationwide network called EZ-Pass.
That means you can use your transponder in any of these states:
The tolls will be automatically added to your account.
Ohio is planning to join the network within the next couple of years.
Click here to get an I-Zoom pass.
Click here for information about Illinois' system.
For more information about EZ-Pass, click here.