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Have EZ-Pass, TxTag, or SunPass - Don't worry NCTA will take 'em all

Transplants living in or out-of-staters traveling through North Carolina won't have to worry what type of transponder they need to use when they travel on the Triangle Expressway.  That's because the toll road - currently under construction in Wake County - will be able to take both EZ-Pass and the smaller sticker transponders used more commonly in Southern states.

The Triangle Expressway will be the first toll road in the country that will have the ability to use both styles of electronic collection.  Drivers could use their existing tag (I have an EZPass from the New York State Thruway) or purchase either method from the North Carolina Turnpike Authority.

A retail sale price for the transponders has not been set.

Story Link:
Drivers to have options on tolls ---Raleigh News&Observer

Commentary:
Kudos to the NCTA in being the first toll operation to have the ability to utilize both tags.  This will optimize electronic collection methods from out of state travel and transplants alike.  But it also allows NC residents to determine the type of toll collection based on their most frequent direction of out of state travel.

Comments

I wonder if it will include the Georgia "Cruise Card" (used for the GA 400 tollway) or the new "PeachPass" that will be implemented on the I-85 HOT lanes.

Hopefully, NCTA will eventually publish a compatibility list.

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