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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #300 on: May 01, 2017, 09:25:10 PM »

Technically it is land owned by the Arboretum. I've seen tons of coyotes (or foxes?)  along the fence at the top of that wall. I know the Arboretum will try and oppose it.

But I am curious about the tunnel under 88.
I will make it easy for you IL-56 to I-290 part does arboretum owns that? That part needs widening.

So you'll just leave the IL-56 to I-88 section 3 lanes, surrounded by 4 lane sections?  :hmmm:
That part has C/D lanes.

True, but 4 mainline lanes would still be needed just to keep consistent traffic flow

at very least 3+AUX for the IL-56 to I-290 part. Also rework the lake to I-290 part going north.  But having drop to 3 in between the I-88 ramps should not be that bad.

if 4 main line then the IL-56 to IL 38 part will need 4+AUX.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #301 on: May 01, 2017, 09:38:52 PM »

Technically it is land owned by the Arboretum. I've seen tons of coyotes (or foxes?)  along the fence at the top of that wall. I know the Arboretum will try and oppose it.

But I am curious about the tunnel under 88.
I will make it easy for you IL-56 to I-290 part does arboretum owns that? That part needs widening.

So you'll just leave the IL-56 to I-88 section 3 lanes, surrounded by 4 lane sections?  :hmmm:
That part has C/D lanes.

True, but 4 mainline lanes would still be needed just to keep consistent traffic flow

at very least 3+AUX for the IL-56 to I-290 part. Also rework the lake to I-290 part going north.  But having drop to 3 in between the I-88 ramps should not be that bad.

if 4 main line then the IL-56 to IL 38 part will need 4+AUX.

It'll be up to IDOT to widen the stretch from Army Trail to 290 since that part is not the tollway. I never understood that though.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #302 on: May 01, 2017, 10:53:40 PM »

Technically it is land owned by the Arboretum. I've seen tons of coyotes (or foxes?)  along the fence at the top of that wall. I know the Arboretum will try and oppose it.

But I am curious about the tunnel under 88.
I will make it easy for you IL-56 to I-290 part does arboretum owns that? That part needs widening.

So you'll just leave the IL-56 to I-88 section 3 lanes, surrounded by 4 lane sections?  :hmmm:
That part has C/D lanes.

True, but 4 mainline lanes would still be needed just to keep consistent traffic flow

at very least 3+AUX for the IL-56 to I-290 part. Also rework the lake to I-290 part going north.  But having drop to 3 in between the I-88 ramps should not be that bad.

if 4 main line then the IL-56 to IL 38 part will need 4+AUX.

It'll be up to IDOT to widen the stretch from Army Trail to 290 since that part is not the tollway. I never understood that though.

IDOT Maintains that stretch because it pre-dates the tollway portion by about 15-20 years. The tollway took over the the I-355 project in the 1980s when it was determined that IDOT didn't have the funds to complete it.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #303 on: May 12, 2017, 04:00:37 PM »

Have they started work on the I-90 WB entrance ramp from Central Road yet?
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #304 on: May 20, 2017, 04:15:59 PM »

I forgot my I-PASS at home and drove through the I-PASS only lanes the other day.  Do they just take the money out of my account or do I have to go though the whole missed toll process?
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« Reply #305 on: May 20, 2017, 04:56:26 PM »

I forgot my I-PASS at home and drove through the I-PASS only lanes the other day.  Do they just take the money out of my account or do I have to go though the whole missed toll process?
they should read your plate and list it as a V-toll.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #306 on: May 20, 2017, 05:14:21 PM »

I forgot my I-PASS at home and drove through the I-PASS only lanes the other day.  Do they just take the money out of my account or do I have to go though the whole missed toll process?
you have 7 days to pay online before you get a violation.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #307 on: May 20, 2017, 06:35:47 PM »

I forgot my I-PASS at home and drove through the I-PASS only lanes the other day.  Do they just take the money out of my account or do I have to go though the whole missed toll process?
you have 7 days to pay online before you get a violation.

No.  He's fine.  It'll just be a vToll as he has a transponder and he's in their system.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #308 on: May 20, 2017, 07:14:53 PM »

Quick question: does ISTHA give E-ZPass discounts to all users, or only people with Illinois tags? Need to know how much I should have on my account when I'm out near Chicago for the meet next weekend.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #309 on: May 20, 2017, 07:36:08 PM »

I forgot my I-PASS at home and drove through the I-PASS only lanes the other day.  Do they just take the money out of my account or do I have to go though the whole missed toll process?
you have 7 days to pay online before you get a violation.

No.  He's fine.  It'll just be a vToll as he has a transponder and he's in their system.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #310 on: May 20, 2017, 08:11:07 PM »

I forgot my I-PASS at home and drove through the I-PASS only lanes the other day.  Do they just take the money out of my account or do I have to go though the whole missed toll process?
you have 7 days to pay online before you get a violation.

No.  He's fine.  It'll just be a vToll as he has a transponder and he's in their system.

I can personally vouch for this. My transponder missed the last three tolls of the Indiana-bound Tri-State Tollway and was later fixed. Just make the adjustments and calculate your balance accordingly; it will take a couple of weeks for the V-Tolls to reflect in your transponder history.

Regarding the iPass/EZPass discount: the discounted toll rate applies to all drivers who carry a registered transponder. The only thing that may cause hang up is the surcharge fee for non-iPass users, which is only a nickel or so.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #311 on: May 20, 2017, 11:18:51 PM »

Have they started work on the I-90 WB entrance ramp from Central Road yet?

Still has not started - rumor has it there were issues with the bids for the project.

I forgot my I-PASS at home and drove through the I-PASS only lanes the other day.  Do they just take the money out of my account or do I have to go though the whole missed toll process?
you have 7 days to pay online before you get a violation.

No.  He's fine.  It'll just be a vToll as he has a transponder and he's in their system.

I thought ISTHA was changing things so one time he's fine, but if it happens too many more times, he'll get a violation notice much sooner than in the past?

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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #312 on: May 21, 2017, 07:18:13 AM »

I forgot my I-PASS at home and drove through the I-PASS only lanes the other day.  Do they just take the money out of my account or do I have to go though the whole missed toll process?
you have 7 days to pay online before you get a violation.

No.  He's fine.  It'll just be a vToll as he has a transponder and he's in their system.

I can personally vouch for this. My transponder missed the last three tolls of the Indiana-bound Tri-State Tollway and was later fixed. Just make the adjustments and calculate your balance accordingly; it will take a couple of weeks for the V-Tolls to reflect in your transponder history.

Regarding the iPass/EZPass discount: the discounted toll rate applies to all drivers who carry a registered transponder. The only thing that may cause hang up is the surcharge fee for non-iPass users, which is only a nickel or so.

And that surcharge is done by the agency that you got your EZ Pass from to cover their admin costs.  Some don't do the surcharge at all.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #313 on: May 21, 2017, 10:25:10 AM »

Have they started work on the I-90 WB entrance ramp from Central Road yet?

Still has not started - rumor has it there were issues with the bids for the project.

I forgot my I-PASS at home and drove through the I-PASS only lanes the other day.  Do they just take the money out of my account or do I have to go though the whole missed toll process?
you have 7 days to pay online before you get a violation.

No.  He's fine.  It'll just be a vToll as he has a transponder and he's in their system.

I thought ISTHA was changing things so one time he's fine, but if it happens too many more times, he'll get a violation notice much sooner than in the past?

If his plate is listed linked to the transponder then it doesn't matter it'll just automatically deduct from the account every time. I'm pretty sure it just marks it as a plate read.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #314 on: May 21, 2017, 01:46:47 PM »

Quick question: does ISTHA give E-ZPass discounts to all users, or only people with Illinois tags? Need to know how much I should have on my account when I'm out near Chicago for the meet next weekend.
I believe you do get a discount but I don't know if it is the full discount. I know I did not get a discount in New York but I did in Indiana and Ohio several years ago.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #315 on: May 21, 2017, 03:00:31 PM »

Quick question: does ISTHA give E-ZPass discounts to all users, or only people with Illinois tags? Need to know how much I should have on my account when I'm out near Chicago for the meet next weekend.
I believe you do get a discount but I don't know if it is the full discount. I know I did not get a discount in New York but I did in Indiana and Ohio several years ago.


I am a Wisconsin resident with an EZ Pass and pay the EZ Pass rate.
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« Reply #316 on: May 21, 2017, 07:37:59 PM »

the only thing a non-I-Pass transponder on the E-Z Pass system pays besides the discounted rate (which is equal to that of the I-Pass itself) is what issuing agencies charge, if any.
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« Reply #317 on: May 25, 2017, 04:19:24 PM »

Quick question- Do I-Pass transponders expire? I got one in 2014 for a road trip out east and was wondering if it could still be used.
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« Reply #318 on: May 25, 2017, 04:54:08 PM »

Quick question- Do I-Pass transponders expire? I got one in 2014 for a road trip out east and was wondering if it could still be used.

They do, I think mine was issued in 2013 and expires in 2021. But not sure what happens when you get to that date. I doubt it'll stop working. So I imagine they will say just keep it.
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« Reply #319 on: May 25, 2017, 05:35:29 PM »

Quick question- Do I-Pass transponders expire? I got one in 2014 for a road trip out east and was wondering if it could still be used.

They do, I think mine was issued in 2013 and expires in 2021. But not sure what happens when you get to that date. I doubt it'll stop working. So I imagine they will say just keep it.

When you're close to the date, ISTHA will send you a letter telling you to exchange it for a new one at one of the service centers or a Jewel-Osco free of charge.  That's what I had to do a couple of years ago when mine (originally gotten in 2003) was ready to expire.
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« Reply #320 on: May 26, 2017, 08:20:22 AM »

My understanding is that the expiration is more a factor of transponder battery life than anything else.
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« Reply #321 on: May 26, 2017, 09:17:32 PM »

My understanding is that the expiration is more a factor of transponder battery life than anything else.

I'm assuming that's the case, because none of the E-ZPass transponders in my part of the country expire.

That being said, I was pleasantly surprised by the condition of the Illinois Tollway system when on it today. Highway-speed toll lanes and pavement was in excellent condition. Compare that to what we have in the northeast (cough...NYSTA and MassDOT...cough) and I actually don't mind paying the toll as much as I do in New York.
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« Reply #322 on: May 27, 2017, 02:08:07 AM »

My understanding is that the expiration is more a factor of transponder battery life than anything else.

I'm assuming that's the case, because none of the E-ZPass transponders in my part of the country expire.

That being said, I was pleasantly surprised by the condition of the Illinois Tollway system when on it today. Highway-speed toll lanes and pavement was in excellent condition. Compare that to what we have in the northeast (cough...NYSTA and MassDOT...cough) and I actually don't mind paying the toll as much as I do in New York.

What's ironic is that the Tollway here used to be the system of highways out of date and in poor condition. However, in the past 10-15 years, that really has changed and they really are the best highways in Illinois, definitely much better than anything maintained by IDOT. The Tollway portion of I-90 in particular is quite nice now. Having driven on a number of the Toll Roads in the NE, I must agree that it is rather amazing they're not in better shape there considering how high the tolls are.
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« Reply #323 on: May 27, 2017, 12:13:15 PM »

My understanding is that the expiration is more a factor of transponder battery life than anything else.

I'm assuming that's the case, because none of the E-ZPass transponders in my part of the country expire.

That being said, I was pleasantly surprised by the condition of the Illinois Tollway system when on it today. Highway-speed toll lanes and pavement was in excellent condition. Compare that to what we have in the northeast (cough...NYSTA and MassDOT...cough) and I actually don't mind paying the toll as much as I do in New York.

What's ironic is that the Tollway here used to be the system of highways out of date and in poor condition. However, in the past 10-15 years, that really has changed and they really are the best highways in Illinois, definitely much better than anything maintained by IDOT. The Tollway portion of I-90 in particular is quite nice now. Having driven on a number of the Toll Roads in the NE, I must agree that it is rather amazing they're not in better shape there considering how high the tolls are.

After Blago and the toll board being all but cleaned out by Lisa Madigan (the one good thing she might have done in this area) and Quinn the tollway itself cleaned up it's act. The biggest thing it did was distant itself away from Springfield money and politics and really just focused on having a clean image and what was best for the surrounding communities.

It also took a heavy approach in build for the future and not just the repair and replace system that it had in place for so many years, including looking at long term pavement options, green tech, proper water drainage and 21st century technology to help improve the roads and communities. This combined with actually improving the roadway itself via expansion and proper interchange relief has really changed the image of the Illinois Tollway itself. I'm sure there are still a few shady dealings going on underneath it all, because face it we are Illinois but overall the turnaround that it has put itself through and results are well worth it.
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« Reply #324 on: May 28, 2017, 09:47:57 PM »

Just imagine what IDOT and Metra could accomplish with some new blood and some addition by subtraction.
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