Yes - you apply for a Texas Tag. In GA, they were called Peach Pass. They cost you $20 and you stick it inside the windshield just below the RV mirror. They have electronic sensors overhead that detect your tag and charge you the miles you've gone on the tollway. When you register for the Tag, you must also register a Credit Card number. They charge the CC $20 for fees. As you use the Tag it deducts the amount from the $20. Once you get to a balance below $5 or $10, it charges another $20 to your CC. So your Tag is always replenished. They send you a notice telling you, so it's not like they do this secretly where you can't keep track. VERY easy !
Texas Tag is good anywhere in Texas on any Toll Road. That makes it nice you don't have to have different ones for different cities. Also the rate is about 25-30% cheaper than cash ! I see signs that say (for example) "Toll to I-75 Tag $1.00, Cash $1.35 " So you actually save $ too !
I don't like Toll Roads, BUT if they're privately funded or funded with special Bonds the state must repay, I can live with it. What I hate is some Legislators efforts to build them with tax $ and then charge us a Toll too. And this is a GOP Legislature - isn't that double taxation ??
Loc: Petaluma, CA
Are you ready?
As far as I can tell… For people who don't have Fastrak, a camera records your license plate, and mails you a bill. I know the majority of traffic is commuting, but there are going to be thousands of confused tourists (and natives).
Is one of NYPD's most effective investigative tools. It's NYC's transit pass — the most ubiquitous possession among NY-ers. And that mag stripe records every turnstile, system-wide, at which it's swiped. So when the cops pick up a suspect who's past whereabouts they're interested in, they just pop his/her MetroCard into a reader and BOOM! Every move over the lifetime of the card is right there. My last card expired 6 years ago almost to the day, but I couldn't bring myself to throw it away, so it's been tacked to my bulletin board ever since I left Gotham. But that mag stripe still carries my travel history for my last few months in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Back in the 1950's when the notion of Big Brother was first considered, we just rather shrugged our shoulders at the concept. Now with "security" cameras and trafic cameras along with our use of credit cards and metro cards, not to mention drones, it's not so far fetched anymore. Then with the populace's penchant for recording with pictures and video everything they do then having these posted on social networks where others see them, make judgement then contact authorities . We're are beginning to be just pawns,
There's even been talk of implanting tattoos and devices in our heads for even more complete surveillance .
Edited by MrB (03/28/1311:41 AM)
If we don't count our blessings We are just wasting our time
I presume there are provisions for tourists to pay without having a prepaid tag
That would be my concern
Well hard to (assume) that a tourist will be using a Toll ? ? He / She just might be there just for business - airport to hotel and the hotel back to airport.
Here I pay; 1 - State payroll tax. 2 - State excise tax. 3 - State Safety Inspection Fee. 4 - City car registration fee.
All my blocks covered <-- right I can drive on these roads because I pay my share.
Now tourist <- keep in mind that we are tourist related industry. When renting a car the tourist are charged an extra tax just for driving on our roads <- okay fair enough -> and its NOT that cheap either , you see and feel it.
(Double Taxing) Now I rented a few times when my car broke down, in shop for repairs. I had to pay the same road tax as tourist when renting a car -> even after paying all my taxes to both the State and City.
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