August 31st, 2010
SINGLE DRIVER SEEKS FASTER COMMUTEUncategorized, by Catherine Higgins.
Over 6,000 drivers are benefitting by having an Express Pass. What about you? In case you’re trying to decide whether or not to commit, here are a few answers to the most common questions and some links to more information.
Q: How do Express Lanes work?
A: The Express Lanes are divided into four payment zones. Electronic overhead signs show the current price to use each zone. Readers along I-15 detect in-vehicle Express Passes, and a pre-paid account is debited.
UDOT will manage Express Lane use by adjusting the price according to traffic conditions — so when traffic is heavy drivers will pay little more. The new system will allow maximum use of all lanes with the Express Lanes maintaining a speed of 55 mph during peak travel times.
Q: What if I have a pass but decide to carpool now and then?
A: When car pooling, the Express Pass can be easily turned off to prevent a charge for Express Lane use.
Q: If I enter the Express Lanes at the last access point before the next zone begins, will I be charged for two zones?
A: No, drivers will only be charged for the next zone entered.
For more information or to enroll, visit the Express Lanes website.
See UDOT’s video about the Express Pass system:
For news about the new Express Lanes system, read UDOT’s press release about Express Lanes or watch a recent KSL story: