IL Tollway Transponders Being Replaced By Stickers: Official

January 11, 2024 0 By JohnValbyNation

ILLINOIS — The days of plastic transponders being affixed to the windshields of Illinois drivers will soon be over. Last year, Illinois Tollway announced it is replacing them with I-PASS stickers in 2024. Officials said Wednesday the stickers will be available by the end of January.

“The Illinois Tollway is continuing to adopt new tolling technology as it evolves, and I-PASS Sticker Tags mark the latest development in toll collection,” said Cassaundra Rouse, Illinois Tollway executive director, in a statement to Patch. “Sticker tags are being adopted by toll agencies across the country and by the Illinois Tollway as they provide a convenient, reliable and less expensive travel experience for our customers.”

The sticker tags, which use radio frequency identification to communicate with toll collection technology, will be available at customer service centers at the Tollway’s headquarters and oases. Officials said they will also be at Jewel-Osco stores and Road Rangers locations (Rockford area) at some point in February. Stickers will also be offered at the Chicago Auto Show (Feb. 10 through Feb. 19).

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Existing transponders will continue to work through their expiration dates, and customers will not be required to switch to the I-PASS sticker tag until then. Officials are asking customers to dispose of old transponders “in an environmentally sound way, not discarded in the trash.”

Officials tell Patch the introduction of the sticker tags is being done in coordination with E-Z Pass agencies to ensure customers have continuity in service when they travel in the 19 states that are part of the E-Z Pass consortium.

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In addition, there will be no deposit fee for the I-PASS Sticker Tags. The $10 transponder deposit will be applied to the I-PASS customer’s account once a new I-PASS Sticker Tag is registered to the account for current transponders.

“When customers receive I-PASS Sticker Tags, they will be able to add the new Sticker Tag number immediately to their new or existing I-PASS account via the Official Tollway App, website or phone,” officials tell Patch. “Once registered to the account, the I-PASS Sticker Tag will be ready for use on the Illinois Tollway and within 24 hours on the Chicago Skyway or other E-ZPass roadway. “

During an October presentation, Illinois Tollway said it was making the move to stickers because they’re “less expensive” and “environmentally friendly.” The sticker tags are currently being used in Atlanta, California, Denver, Louisville and the state of Washington.

Officials also lauded the customer experience for sticker tag users, including:

From a cost-effective standpoint, Illinois Tollway officials noted the following benefits of sticker tags in their presentation:

I-PASS electronic toll collection debuted in November 1993 on the North-South Tollway (I-355).

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