I-Pass Coming to Skyway
One of the great benefits of the Chicago's Skyway's 99-year lease agreement with a private group is the implementation of a series of long-needed "duh" improvements to the toll bridge. In February variable rates for trucks were implemented, and starting next month automobile drivers will have three lanes where they can use I-Pass to pay the $2.50 toll, helping to eliminate the inevitable long backups.
It's about freaking time, we think. I-Pass, although relatively poorly implemented compared to other automatic toll paying systems like the East Coast's EZPASS, is a boon to suburban travellers, and makes a significant difference in tollway travel times. Now, what we'd really like to see is for I-Pass to be integrated with the Indiana Toll Road so we can get out to Valparaiso and South Bend without stopping for those ancient paper tickets.
Image via Chicago Skyway Company LLC.