North Carolina's first modern toll road, the
, utilizes all-electronic tolling technology, which eliminates the need for drivers to stop to pay a toll.
Instead, drivers travel at highway speeds through "free-flow toll zones" that use high-speed video cameras and overhead gantries with radio frequency readers to identify drivers and
The approach, called open-road tolling, not only eliminates toll booths and allows for free-flowing traffic, it significantly improves the quality of life for travelers and communities.
Other benefits to open-road tolling include:
- Increased driver convenience and safety with nonstop payment
- Improved traffic flow and reduced congestion
- Reduced driver commute time
- Reduced emissions, which are a major cause of pollution
- Reduced operating costs for toll authorities