OTA opens PlatePay service on Creek Turnpike

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All Electronic Tolling System Will Replace Cash Tolls

TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) will officially open its PlatePay system to public use this Thursday, January 5. The all-electronic tolling system is installed at the Peoria/Elm interchange on the Creek Turnpike in Jenks, Okla.

“The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority works to provide transportation services that benefit motorists by creating safer, easier and faster ways to travel,” said Tim Gatz, OTA executive director. “OTA’s PlatePay system at the Peoria/Elm interchange will improve safety by reducing traffic congestion and allow for non-stop travel in place of toll plazas.”

PlatePay’s all-electronic tolling technology allows motorists to continue through the Creek Turnpike’s Elm/Peoria toll plazas without stopping to pay a toll, whether they have a PIKEPASS or not. Cameras at these toll plazas take a photo of the vehicle’s license plate as the vehicle passes through. OTA will then mail an invoice to the customer at a higher toll rate than that of PIKEPASS users.

PlatePay toll rates at the Peoria/Elm interchange will be set at $1.60. PIKEPASS remains the most cost effective way to travel Oklahoma’s turnpikes, with account holders’ rates set at $0.75 for those same exits. These rates include the toll increase previously approved by the Authority’s board and will be implemented before the turnpike system’s increase on February 1.

The PlatePay system at the interchange’s on and off-ramps will open on Jan. 5. The eastbound on-ramp will be closed for work on the system from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The westbound off-ramp is under construction and will open at 11 a.m.

For additional information on PlatePay, please visit www.platepay.com.

About Oklahoma Turnpike Authority

Oklahoma Turnpike Authority was established in 1947 to construct, operate and maintain Oklahoma turnpikes. Today, Oklahoma turnpikes are the safest and quickest ways to travel across the state. Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is managing multiple renovations throughout the state to maintain and operate the turnpike system to the highest standard. To learn more about the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and recent projects, visit, www.pikepass.com.

– (published January 13, 2017)

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