Traffic Talk: States continue to work on Pikepass co-operation

Don Gammill: Toll road riders should remember this term — “interoperability” — as Oklahoma continues to work with Kansas and Texas to improve Pikepass useability.
by Don Gammill Published: July 28, 2014
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“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.

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by Don Gammill
General Assignment Editor and Columnist
Don Gammill is general assignment editor and columnist. A native of Ponca City, he graduated from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma). While in college, he was a sports stringer for The Oklahoma City Times....
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