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CFX Expands Visitor Toll Pass Program At Orlando Airport

The Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) announced has added pick-up and drop-off locations at Orlando International Airport (MCO) for its free Visitor Toll Pass™ solution, which the authority markets as a “smart alternative to costly rental car toll programs.” The temporary transponder can be reserved online in advance and must be picked up and returned in person at one of six locations in the airport. CFX notes that using the pass can save drivers up to 80 percent compared to the cost of toll payment services available through rental car agencies.

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Why Technology Isn't Being Used To Nab Colorado Express Lane Speeders

Colorado Public Radio (CPR) probes the reasons an automated system set up to catch drivers illegally weaving in and out of the state’s tolled express lanes doesn’t also enforce speed limits. The Express Lanes Safety Enforcement Program comes under the jurisdiction of the Colorado Transportation Investment Office (CTIO). Under state statutes outlined in the article, CTIO has no legal authority to enforce traffic regulations on speeding in the express lanes or anywhere else. Colorado DOT, CTIO’s parent agency, recently got authority to use automated cameras for speed enforcement but decided to roll out the technology in work zones. CPR obtained a recent report by Blissway, the vendor contracted to operate the express lanes safety program for CTIO. The company collected data showing “drivers do indeed speed on Colorado’s toll lanes, though not enough to make it an ‘urgent safety concern.’” CPR notes that the report’s finding is at odds with a survey of drivers conducted by CTIO. Nearly a third of the respondents said they don’t feel safe in the express lanes because of tailgating by other drivers traveling at excessive speeds. State regulations that prohibit merging out of the express lanes except at designated areas limits drivers’ ability to yield to faster traffic.

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California AG Issues Consumer Alert About Toll Smishing Scam

In a July 1 California Department of Justice news release, Attorney General Rob Bonta announced a consumer alert “following an uptick in text-based scams claiming consumers owe express lane or toll charges and asking for online payment. ” According to Bonta, “Scammers are often quite literally in our pockets, just a text away. Text-based toll charge scams are on the rise and knowing what to look for is an important way to keep consumers safe against these tactics.” The release noted that FasTrak, the statewide electronic toll collection system, does not use text messaging with links to request payment. It included tips to help the public recognize and handle smishing attempts.

The Orange County Register covers this story.

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These are just some of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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