“Are we there yet?”
Almost. It won’t be long.
Travel north and south of Oklahoma might just get a little faster in the near future on toll roads.
I know, I know. There are many drivers who would rather take longer, less expensive drives than pay to use a turnpike. I can’t and won’t fault them for that. But for those who do take the money routes, there is good news.
As announced previously, Kansas and Oklahoma have come to an agreement on using each other’s toll passes on the other’s turnpikes. That is expected to occur later this year when all the details are worked out.
Now, Texas officials have announced that beginning Aug. 10, you will be able to use your Pikepass to travel on toll roads, bridges and tunnels in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, those operated by the North Texas Tollway Authority, or NTTA.
There are a few things to be aware of:
You shouldn’t display an NTTA toll tag on any vehicle that has a Pikepass.
NTTA toll charges will be deducted from your Pikepass account.
Your monthly or quarterly Pikepass statement will show which are Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and which are NTTA charges.
NTTA transactions are not qualified for the Pikepass Volume Discount Program.
Still, you can cut your costs a bit and maybe speed up your trip by using Pikepass.
Details on how Texas toll tags will work in Oklahoma and when Pikepass will work elsewhere in Texas (such as in Houston and in Austin) will be announced when those plans are finalized.
By the way ...
The key word is “interoperability.” That’s how things work together.
You can get updates on each state’s progress (and the effort overall) by going online to www.ntta.org, pikepass.com and ksturnpike.com.