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bugo:
Platepay is the OTA's cashless tolling system for non-Pikepass holders. It uses cameras that take pictures of license plates and mails the toll bill to the owner of the car. The only Platepay-enabled exit in Oklahoma is in Jenks at the Creek Turnpike interchange at Peoria/Elm. Platepay is also a huge ripoff. Here's some proof.

If you have Pikepass, and you get onto the Creek Turnpike at Riverside, cross the river into Jenks and get off at the Peoria exit, it will cost you 35¢. If you don't have Pikepass, and you drive between the same two interchanges, it will set you back a whopping $1.70. This is for a 1.2 mile long stretch of the Creek Turnpike. It includes the Arkansas River bridge, so maybe I should think of it as a toll bridge.

If you get on the Creek at Yale and get off at Peoria, the Pikepass rate is 50¢, while the Platepay system will charge you the same $1.70 that you would be charged if you had gotten on at Riverside. No matter where you get onto the turnpike, if you get off at Peoria, it will charge you a $1.70 flat rate. If you get on at Memorial/US 169/US 64 and get off at Peoria, it will bill your Pikepass at the rate of 75¢, while the Platepay rate is still $1.70. If you use the Creek/Peoria interchange regularly, GET A PIKEPASS! It will save you significant amounts of money. Since Platepay is about to go statewide, these Platepay ripoffs will be all over the state. So you should get a Pikepass if you drive in Oklahoma regularly at all. The Platepay system is rigged against the motorist who doesn't have Pikepass. OTA's revenues are about to go through the roof and a lot of motorists are going to be very angry when they start getting bills in the mail for tolls of $2 instead of the 50¢ that it cost to drive the same section of road when the cash tolls were still there. Rolling Platepay out statewide is nothing more than a cash grab, plain and simple.

This information came straight from pikepass.com.

sprjus4:
I believe the reason for additional costs with toll by plate is due to fees associated with billing, processing, etc.

It has helped that Oklahoma has interoperability with Texas and Kansas tags, however they need to join up with the E-ZPass system sooner than later.

bugo:

--- Quote from: sprjus4 on August 25, 2021, 06:37:56 PM ---I believe the reason for additional costs with toll by plate is due to fees associated with billing, processing, etc.

It has helped that Oklahoma has interoperability with Texas and Kansas tags, however they need to join up with the E-ZPass system sooner than later.

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They can't connect to EZ Pass until EZ Pass modernizes its hardware to use modern passive transponder technology like Pikepass uses. rather than the ancient active transponder technology that EZ Pass uses.

vdeane:

--- Quote from: sprjus4 on August 25, 2021, 06:37:56 PM ---I believe the reason for additional costs with toll by plate is due to fees associated with billing, processing, etc.

It has helped that Oklahoma has interoperability with Texas and Kansas tags, however they need to join up with the E-ZPass system sooner than later.

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I wouldn't hold my breath over that.  There were reports of SunPass and E-ZPass becoming interoperable for ages now (at least half a decade if not a full decade, minimum) and it only JUST happened.  Since nobody has heard rumors of E-ZPass and Texas/Oklahoma/Kansas becoming interoperable, it will likely be even longer.

sprjus4:
^ These articles briefly mentioned the future potential of such interoperability, including one that mentioned as early as 2022.


--- Quote ---Oklahoma’s PikePasses work on turnpikes in Kansas and Texas under an agreement with those states, though several eastern states use the E-Z Pass system. Oklahoma officials say they're working to make the state's PikePass system operable with others in the future.
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https://www.oklahoman.com/story/news/2021/07/20/kilpatrick-turnpike-okc-goes-cashless-sunday/8013081002/


--- Quote --- Those drivers, however, must still stop at toll booths along all turnpikes west of the state and in the growing E-Z Pass hub that is the nation's largest with 43 million accounts spread out over 19 states. Florida last month was among the latest to enter into interoperability agreements with the E-Z Pass hub.

Machamer said a mix of legislative fixes and modernization needs with other states has delayed the central hub from connecting with the E-Z Pass hub and systems in California and elsewhere.

"We're working on an agreement with the western states," Machamer said. "They've had to do some legislation that allows them to share information about customers over state lines."

The E-Z Pass hub consists of more than 30 agencies that have to agree on direction and purchasing.

"They've got a bigger challenge," Machamer said. "They haven't modernized their system in 30 years."

But progress is being made, Machamer said, and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is hoping to implement systems to read E-Z Passes in early 2022.

"That's needed first," Machamer said. "We’re working on getting a sponsor to process our transactions. As an agency you're either a full E-Z Pass member and you pay higher dues and get a seat at the table with all the other agencies, or we have someone sponsor us and pass on our dues and fees."

E-Z Pass is a priority, Damrill said, because with so many trucks on the system it will move them out of cash toll plazas in Oklahoma before it goes totally cashless.

The vision for a cashless, seamless system nationwide is still a ways off. The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is intentionally going slow on getting rid of toll booths while trying to get interoperability done as soon as possible, especially with the Turner and Will Rogers turnpikes that are a part of the heavily traveled Interstate 44 corridor.

“You're concerned about revenue when you go cashless and with our big turnpikes there is a lot more to do," Damrill said. "We want to get E-Z Pass going here before we go with that, so that's another reason why we want to go with Turner and Will Rogers last."
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https://www.oklahoman.com/story/news/2021/06/21/pikepass-cashless-tolls-set-turnpikes-but-wont-work-nationwide-oklahoma/7518132002/

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