WBEZ | Illinois Tollway http://www.wbez.org/tags/illinois-tollway Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illinois drivers can update their I-Pass accounts from smartphones and tablets http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-drivers-can-update-their-i-pass-accounts-smartphones-and-tablets-108146 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/IPASS_130722_AY.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">Illinois drivers can now manage their tollway accounts from a smartphone or tablet.</p><p>The Illinois Tollway released <a href="https://www.getipass.com/ipass/MobileLogin.jsp">a new mobile site</a> Monday where customers can update information such as credit card and driver&rsquo;s license numbers.</p><p>Wendy Abrams, the agency&rsquo;s chief of communications, says they developed the site after finding that more than 80 percent of I-Pass customers prefer to manage their account information online.</p><p>She points out 41% of violation notices go to I-Pass customers.</p><p>&ldquo;The ability to prevent that from happening is helpful for us not only because it avoids our customers having the headache of having received a toll violation in the mail, but it also saves our agency time and money,&rdquo; she says.</p><p>The new site just makes life easier for drivers, says Beth Mosher, director of public affairs at AAA Chicago.</p><p>Next year, the agency plans to update the mobile site again so drivers can add money to their I-Pass accounts and order new transponders.</p><p>This comes on the heels of other toll road agencies such as the Transportation Corridor Agencies in Orange County, California.</p><p>Last May, it released a <a href="https://www.thetollroads.com/customerservice/mobile-app.php">free mobile app</a> for paying toll road accounts.</p><p><em>Alan Yu is a WBEZ metro desk intern. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/Alan_Yu039">@Alan_Yu039</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-drivers-can-update-their-i-pass-accounts-smartphones-and-tablets-108146 Illinois Tollway approves $125M for work on I-90 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-tollway-approves-125m-work-i-90-104841 <p><p>DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.&nbsp; &mdash; The Illinois Tollway is approving five construction projects totaling $125 million for work on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, which is part of Interstate 90 in the Chicago area.</p><p>The rebuilding and widening projects are scheduled to take place from 2013 through 2016. The work is part of the Tollway&#39;s 15-year, $12 billion capital program.</p><p>The projects will make I-90 eight lanes from the Kennedy Expressway to Randall Road and six lanes from Randall Road to Interstate 39.</p><p>It will be built to accommodate new transit options and park-and-ride facilities.</p><p>Tollway Director Kristi Lafleur says the congestion relief will save motorists $440 million a year and the work will create more than 11,000 permanent jobs in the Chicago area.</p></p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 07:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-tollway-approves-125m-work-i-90-104841 Illinois Tollway launches new privacy policy http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-tollway-launches-new-privacy-policy-95338 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-06/illinois tollway_flickr_yooperann.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Illinois Tollway has a new policy to protect the privacy of its I-PASS customers.</p><p>The policy complies with a new state law barring the tollway system from releasing drivers' personal information to third parties. The policy took effect Jan. 1.</p><p>The tollway's electronic system collects dates, times and locations of travel, but the tollway system won't disclose that information, except in response to a subpoena or to assist law enforcement.</p><p>Oak Lawn Democrat Rep. Kelly Burke and Chicago Heights Democrat Sen. Toi Hutchinson sponsored the bill, which Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law in August.</p><p>Burke says drivers now can be assured that their personal information, such as the dates, times and places where they travel on the tollway system, will be kept private.</p></p> Fri, 06 Jan 2012 15:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-tollway-launches-new-privacy-policy-95338 Higher tolls and construction loom for Illinois Tollway http://www.wbez.org/story/higher-tolls-and-construction-loom-illinois-tollway-95186 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/archives/images/cityroom/cityroom_20100824_tarnold_731960_Illi_large.png" alt="" /><p><p>The loose change stuck between car seats might not cut it anymore —&nbsp;at least for drivers zipping along the Illinois Tollway system. Drivers on Illinois Tollways will have to pay more to use them starting at midnight Jan. 1.</p><p>Motorists with an I-PASS will pay 35 cents more per toll at a typical toll plaza. But rate hikes will vary by road, toll plaza and ramp.</p><p>One thing that will not change is the discount I-PASS users get. They'll save 50 percent more per toll than customers who pay with cash.</p><p>Money collected from the increased toll rates will help to fund a 15-year road work program. Construction for 2012 will cost $609 million and involve most major toll-roads passing through Chicago.</p><p>The first road work is expected to start in early spring. That will be on I-294, otherwise known as the Tri-State Tollway, as well as I-88, also called the Reagan Memorial Tollway.</p><p>Some frustrated Chicago area drivers say they'll find new routes and tack on extra time to their workday commutes, rather than pay higher tolls on the state's 286-mile Illinois Tollway. An estimated 1.4 million drivers use it daily.</p><p><em>—The Associated Press contributed to this report</em></p></p> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 22:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/higher-tolls-and-construction-loom-illinois-tollway-95186