Compatible Toll Systems for US States
Next year, the Kansas Turnpike Authority will be more compatible with more states.
The KTA has entered into an agreement to be part of a hub system that allows for compatibility between the multiple agencies in Texas, as well as the Oklahoma and Kansas turnpike authorities. This partnership, set to begin in 2017, will allow travelers to use one electronic transponder to pay for tolls in the Midwest.
KTA CEO Steve Hewitt said in a statement that customers wanted more convenient travel between states and on other tolling systems. The agreement has been signed by the KTA, but there’s still plenty to be done — namely the completion of the back-office programming of the “hub,” which facilitate transaction communication between seven different tolling authorities in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
Hub participants in Texas hope to have this work completed, and all systems operating together, by early next year. Currently, K-TAG customers can use their tags on all ten of Oklahoma’s facilities.