Chances are you've heard about I-Zoom or electronic tolling coming to Indiana. It's up and running along a few toll plazas on the western part of the state. By the end of 2007, I-Zoom will eventually span the entire length of the Indiana Toll Road.
Officials have been getting a number of questions since I-Zoom was first introduced. Many people wondered if I-Zoom was compatible with other states that use E-ZPass or I-Pass. The answer to that question is yes.
4000 I-Zoom transponders have been sold since going on sale this June. The electronic tolling system is up in just a small portion of western Indiana, but by December, it's expected to work across the entire road. To work out any potential glitches, the toll road has set up test lanes in South Bend and Elkhart. Officials also tell us they plan to put more signs up on the road, guiding drivers through the transitions.
An I-Zoom or another electronic transponder will save you money as well. It's 40% less than paying with cash in a manual lane. I-Zoom will also save you time as you travel along the toll road. “Nearly 1200 transactions in an hour, as opposed to a manual lane, which processes around 300. That's very important to your daily users. Your commuters that want that convenience, that want the ease of not keeping track of their change, they want the billing statement,” says Matt Pierce, with the Indiana Toll Toad.
You can buy an I-Zoom transponder online at www.getizoom.com or by calling 1-888-izoom-90. Or, in early September, you can buy one at the toll road’s customer care center in Granger, off Ash Road.
Once electronic tolling is put in place, open road tolling will be phased in, within another couple years.
That means, there will no longer be any stop and go traffic for transponder-users along the toll road.
Officials will wait to get usage up on I-Zoom before introducing open road tolling.