New ways of paying for commutes

January 17, 2013

More local governments are looking into electronic recurring billing payment options for commuters.

Many Americans go through the motions in the morning – make breakfast, get dressed, hop in the car or on the train and go into work. A number of these people have to pay daily to travel, whether that entails giving a state worker some money at a toll booth or buying a ticket to ride the rails. However, this might change for many commuters in the near future, as more local governments are looking into electronic recurring billing payment options.

According to the Miami Herald, the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority will be rolling out all-electronic tolling in 2014. County officials are advocating for the abandonment of toll plazas, instead placing electronic readers at various places on the 836 ad 112 expressways. Cars that have SunPasses, which are tied into credit, debt or bank accounts, will be charged accordingly. Those who don’t own the devices, including tourists, will be sent a bill in the mail from the Toll-by-Plate system, the Herald explained.

In Chicago, those who commute via the subway will soon be charged differently. The Chicago Tribune reported that this summer, travelers will be able to use a Ventra smart card, which allows commuters to load money into an account electronically, from which fares will be taken.

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