Triangle Toll Road Starts Charging Drivers Today

Tolls are now being collected on the first toll road in modern-day North Carolina history.

The state Turnpike Authority opened a 3.5-mile stretch of the Triangle Expressway to traffic last month, but began charging motorists Tuesday.

Drivers won't have to worry about bottlenecks at toll booths, though -- there are none. Instead, tolls will be collected electronically, through wireless transponders in cars. Cameras will snap license plate photos to send bills by mail to drivers who don't have the devices.

Tolls cost 15 cents a mile for those with transponders and slightly more if the state bills by mail.

The Turnpike Authority reports that more than 9,000 transponders had been sold by the end of last week.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 3, 2012 at 03:55 PM
    Wow, we are just like NYC again! We have a high tax on gas and now a toll road. Of course our tax money was used to build it, but we have to pay for it if we use it....compelling....
  • by excuse me on Jan 3, 2012 at 11:47 AM
    I would think that with NC being one the highest when it comes to gas taxes that the LAST thing our governor would do is build a toll road. enough already. I hope no one but the elite drive on it. Let them pay.
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      by NC toller on Jan 3, 2012 at 01:19 PM in reply to excuse me
      If I'm elite, so be it, but I think driving the new toll road is divine. My commute is so much better than it used be. Happy 2012, everyone!
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        by NJ on Jan 3, 2012 at 04:45 PM in reply to NC toller
        You must be from NJ!
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      by Fred on Jan 3, 2012 at 04:51 PM in reply to excuse me
      I'm glad the road is there.. The ones of us with money can use it and the rest of you poor people will move farther South.
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Jan 3, 2012 at 11:26 AM
    Greenville and Rocky Mt needs a toll road to reduce crime. We now have our first toll road in the Carolinas. You want to keep criminals out of your neighborhood..3 ways..toll road, gated neighborhood and hide your money in books. Those things are to criminals what kyrptonite is to Superman and Raid is to roaches.
  • by Great! Location: ENC on Jan 3, 2012 at 07:45 AM
    The toll connects 40 and 147 in Durham county, along with 540 in Wake county. Super......guess where I'm headed now.... to Duke.... which takes me on 540 and 147. I'll let you know what the deal is later on today. Am I a journalist now?
  • by farm1 on Jan 3, 2012 at 05:56 AM
    another great idea from our gov. HA!!! just add another tax to the already over taxed people of nc...
  • by The Excuse Location: GVille on Jan 3, 2012 at 04:39 AM
    Unfortunately, the excuse WITN will use is that it's not their story, but a story from the AP. Thing is.... WITN should be writing this story on their own.... instead of the Associated 'Press'. I think the toll is on 540.... but not real sure.
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      by Really? - DC on Jan 3, 2012 at 06:58 AM in reply to The Excuse
      It is the section of 540 south of where it merges with I-40 near RDU...the portion extends into Cary I think.
  • by D Location: Vanceboro on Jan 3, 2012 at 03:55 AM
    Again Journalism.... What Road how much is the toll? I'd think a child would have asked these questions.......
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      by a chilc on Jan 3, 2012 at 12:11 PM in reply to D
      a child would have read the article and know the toll is 14 cents a mile
  • by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2012 at 03:50 AM
    My first thought is ,Is this not why we pay taxes to start off with to pay for roads, so is this not like double dipping the people? My second thought is if we could get the Gov. stop blowing money on needless junk we have even more money to cover rapping the peoples money. Thirdly , is it not costing money to run cameras 24-7 to take pictures of car plates and then even more money to mail out a bills. I know the Goverment with make you pay for the cameras and mail but still they had to do this which is more wasted money they could have people into the roads in the first place.
  • by Pat Location: frisco on Jan 3, 2012 at 02:38 AM
    How can you write a story about a toll road and never note the number of the road? I am sure all who live in Raleigh know it, but we all do not live there!

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