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Turnpike Authority approves plan for PikePass use in all of Texas
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Turnpike Authority approves plan for PikePass use in all of Texas

The initiative starts in 2017; OTA hopes other states will be added soon.

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UPDATE (November 2018): Turnpike Authority adds some Texas roads to PikePass system


OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority on Tuesday took action that is expected to allow PikePass holders to use the devices throughout Texas.

A PikePass automatically deducts a toll from a prepaid account when a vehicle passes a detection point.

The OTA already has a reciprocal agreement with the North Texas Tollway Authority, which operates the Dallas North Tollway, the George Bush Turnpike and the Sam Rayburn Tollway.

PikePasses also can be used on Kansas toll roads.

Automatic toll deduction devices from Kansas and some parts of Texas work in Oklahoma, according to the OTA.

The agreement approved Tuesday would extend PikePass usage into Houston and Austin in 2017, said Jack Damrill, an OTA spokesman.

“The reason we are going through this inter-local agreement is so we can reach out and catch the remainder of Texas,” said Tim Stewart, OTA executive director. “Right now, your PikePass will not work in Austin. It will not work in Houston. Under this agreement, once it is implemented, it will work in all of Texas.”

Plans call for agreements with Georgia and Florida so PikePasses could be used on toll roads in those states, said David Machamer, assistant executive director of toll and PikePass.

“That will be a little while out,” Stewart said.

Other states where the PikePass may be able to operate in the near future include Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina, Stewart said.

“It will be a couple of years out before we are able to do that,” Stewart said.

The goal is to make it more convenient for customers, he said.

Eventually, the expectation is PikePasses will work in every state, Stewart said.

Barbara Hoberock 405-528-2465

barbara.hoberock@tulsaworld.com

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