What Are FasTrak Toll Roads?


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FasTrak toll roads are roads or lanes in California that collect tolls through the FasTrak electronic payment system. Some examples of FasTrak toll roads are the Express Lanes and State Routes 73, 133 and 261 in Orange County; Express Lanes in San Diego County; and the MetroExpress Lanes in Los Angeles County. The Bay Area bridges in San Francisco County, including the Golden Gate bridge, also accept FasTrak payments.

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Toll roads that accept FasTrak payments have gantries located above the road or lane, in place of a toll booth, fitted with receivers that take toll payments electronically through a transponder fixed to a vehicle's windshield. A driver signs up for a FasTrak account with the tolling agency for the area he uses most frequently, pays a deposit for the transponder and pre-pays a set amount to cover initial toll payments. He tops up his account with a credit card, cash or check.

TheTollRoads.com lists the different agencies and provides links to their websites. Although customers purchase a FasTrak account with one agency, they can use the transponder to make toll payments on any toll road, lane or bridge in California that accepts FasTrak.

Drivers can purchase FasTrak accounts online at a toll agency website, in person at a customer service center or by telephone. Some of the agencies also offer a free mobile app that allows drivers to open and manage accounts.

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