Now you can easily and quickly calculate tolls costs for any route in the US & Canada through the Tollsmart app for iPhone & Android as well as on our newly launched website version of the Tollsmart Toll Calculator.
Tollsmart is the only app that calculates tolls costs across all tunnels, bridges and toll roads in the the US & Canada and supports all vehicles from motorcycles to passenger cars and RVs to trucks and semis up to 9-axles. It also factors in transponder discounts from over 50 tolling agencies including E-ZPass, I-PASS, SunPass, TxTag and FasTrak!
This is a 'heads up' for Chicagoans and other Midwesterners planning road trips to Florida this winter to be prepared to encounter new tolls when crossing the Ohio River bridges near Louisville, KY. Beginning on Dec. 30, 2016 new cashless tolling goes into effect on three bridges connecting Indiana and Kentucky, including two which channel I-65 traffic between Chicago and Florida; the Kennedy Memorial Bridge (southbound) and the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge for (northbound).
Toll Rates: For those traveling with an E-ZPass, I-Pass or a new RiverLink transponder, the fee is $2 each way for 2-axle passenger vehicles and motorcycles. Paying in cash is not an option as there are no physical toll booths, so those without a transponder will be charged $4 each way and receive a bill in the mail based on the address associated with the vehicle's license plate (overhead cameras will capture the license plate number).
The fee schedule for additional vehicle sizes, including cars pulling trailers, can be found in the graphic on the right. Additional information can be found on the new RiverLink website at www.riverlink.com.
Cashless tolling, also known as All Electronic Tolling or AET, is rapidly spreading across the US as a means of improving traffic flows and safety, as it does not require travelers to slow down or squeeze into narrow toll booth lanes which can results in accidents, even fatalities. As a result a number of new cashless tolling systems have been introduced in the past year, including the conversions of the Tappan Zee Bridge in upstate NY this past spring and the entire Massachusetts Turnpike in October, and recently the state of New York indicated its intention to convert all of the state's tolling facilities to AET beginning in January with the conversion of two East River tunnels (the Hugh Carey and the Queens Midtown tunnels).
The downside of AET is that it requires infrequent travelers to either get a transponder or pay the additional fees associated with the bill-by-mail service, although some systems provide a hybrid solution where you can register your vehicle in advance and drive through the toll facility without a transponder and pay less than the bill-by-mail rate. The video below provided by RiverLink explains how cashless tolling works for the three new Ohio River bridges, which includes all three payment options.
The team at Tollsmart is excited to announce some new enhancements to the web version of the Tollsmart Toll Caclulator apps for both cars and commercial vehicles like 5-axle trucks. The newest version of these apps now support the ability to enter multiple stops along a route and to print a detailed list of the tolls encountered. These have been the most requested features from users since we launched these desktop versions of Tollsmart so we're excited to introduce them. Find more details below, and stay tuned for news on some more exciting enhancements we'll be launching in the coming months.
You can now enter up to 5 stops and Tollsmart will plot the route using each of the waypoints as a stop.
You can view the toll costs along the entire route or each leg of the route, which helps break down toll costs for different customers.
The new version also supports the ability to print the detailed list of tolls, broken down be each leg of the trip.
A few short months ago we announced that we added support for four Express Lanes in the Tollsmart apps (two in the DC area and two in Seattle) with the goal of rolling out all HOT/Express Lanes in the US. Today we're thrilled to announce we've achieved that goal and that Tollsmart now supports every Express Lane in the US. This means that Tollsmart will alert you to any Express Lanes along your route so you know you'll have an option for avoiding traffic when traveling through metro areas. No other mapping service provides this type of visibility into tolling information. Tollsmart is maps like you've never seen before.
Real Time Pricing for Seattle's I-405 Express Toll Lanes
Equally exciting is that Tollsmart now displays real-time toll rates for the 405 Express Toll Lanes that bypass Seattle from Belleview to Lynnwood, WA. This means that commuters can view the current prices for taking these lanes before hopping in their cars to head to work, thereby making more informed decisions. The pricing feeds are made available by WSDOT (Washington State Department of Transportation) the agency that operates these lanes, and they provided the following comments on why they're making this information publicly available:
We know how important real-time information is to people and want to help drivers make informed choices about their route options. That's why we decided to make I405 express toll lane rates publicly available as a live, open-source data stream. We're happy to see apps using this data and hope that it will give drivers a more predictable trip so that they can take more control over their commute.
We applaud WSDOT's transparency and efforts to educate drivers on how tolling on these new lanes work and encourage other state agencies to take similar steps to make this information broadly available to the traveling public.
To activate the Express Lanes in Tollsmart go the Options menu and tap on the HOT/Express Lanes button. That will display a screen where you can switch on the feature by sliding the button to 'on' (it will turn green). You'll also be prompted to provide the number of occupants, which will determine if you've met the carpool requirements. The app will remember the settings, which you can go back to change at any time.
Now when a route is entered where Express Lanes are an option Tollsmart will display double red lines along that section of the route, or grey lines where they exist but may not be available based on your selected vehicle type, transponder or at the predicted time of crossing. Tapping on the lanes displays additional information such as pricing, transponder information and, when available, a link to the official site of the toll authority that operates the lanes.
Pricing for the +20 Express Lanes now in Tollsmart vary from congestion-based prices to those that change based on time of day. For the latter we include the actual prices based on when you are expected to cross the lanes, and for those based on real-time traffic patterns (with the exception of the 405 lanes) we provide a range of minimum or maximum prices based on distance travelled while we work to get more real time prices added.
Important to note is that Tollsmart does NOT include the prices for Express Lanes in the toll calculation for a route. Also, note that some lanes require a special 'Flex' transponder for those travelers that meet the minimum vehicle occupancy requirements to ride on them for free.
Jim & Leo
This Memorial Day the team at Tollsmart wants to serve those who serve all of us each and every day, so we're providing free access to the Tollsmart Toll Calculator to members of the US Military during the entire summer of 2106. This group loves to travel, and whether it's for a quick family getaway, a PCS or TDY the Tollsmart Toll Calculator will help service members budget for toll costs and find cheaper routes that will save them money.
The Tollsmart Toll Calculator is the only application that calculates tolls across the entire US, and since launching the desktop version a few months ago thousands of users have paid to use it for planning car trips. We're delighted to now make it available for service members for free from Memorial Day through Labor Day, a savings of $15 off the subscription price. But the savings in toll fees could be far beyond that for those traveling through heavily tolled areas like the Northeast US, Upper Midwest, Florida and Texas. Below is additional information and how members of the military can obtain free access.
Tollsmart for the web works just like Google Maps, with an autocomplete feature to make it super simple to look up locations, addresses and places of interest. Simply enter your starting and ending locations and click submit!
Tollsmart will then display up the three route options on a map along with toll costs, travel time and distance for each route so you can quickly and easily compare routes based on cheapest, fastest or shortest.
Tollsmart also displays detailed information on every toll facility you'll encounter along your route, including the transponders that are accepted and cash and transponder prices.
How to Get Free Access
To request free access to the Tollsmart Toll Calculator through Labor Day 2016 send an email to military@Tollsmart.com using your military email account (we'll use this to verify your military status) and within 24 hours you'll receive an email with instructions for logging in to your free account.
The team at Tollsmart wants to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend, as well as a fantastic summer!
Jim & Leo
Recently a number of truckers have been apprehended for toll violations amounting to thousands of dollars in unpaid tolls. Though this seems unbelievable to the average car driver, truckers are very aware of how expensive tolls are and how quickly toll costs for trucks exceed a thousand dollars, even in a single round trip journey. Using our new Toll Calculator for Trucks desktop application we identified the three most expensive toll routes in America. Below are the results assuming a 5-axle truck at 80,000 lbs weight and a minimum trip distance of 200 miles each way.
Mile-for-mile, this is the most expensive trip you can make as a trucker, as you end up spending over $1 in tolls for every mile of your trip. The total toll cost for this 210-mile trip is $248.60, equating to $1.18 per mile. Even with a transponder you'll still end up paying more than one dollar per mile, but at least you'll save yourself over $36 in tolls, not to mention the time waiting in cash toll lanes.
There is an alternate route that is only $203 ($161 transponder rate) and it only adds another 9 minutes to the trip. You can check out the route using our new truck toll calculator.
The second most expensive route you can take as a trucker is Chicago to New York City. Along this 826 mile route you can expect to pay a whopping $439.75 in tolls, so if you don't have a transponder you'd better bring a bid wad of cash! This route will cost truckers $0.53 per mile as it runs through the Chicago Skyway, the Illinois Tollway, the Indiana Toll Road, the Ohio and Pennsylvania Turnpikes and the Holland Tunnel (which alone costs $105).
The good news is that there are a couple of alternative routes that will save you a great deal of money, including one that will also save you a half-hour of driving time. Check out this route using our new desktop toll calculator for trucks.
The third most expensive truck route in the US is Chicago to Atlantic City, NJ, a distance of 821 miles at a total cost of $401.85 in tolls which equates to $0.49 per mile, leaving you little cash for gambling in the Atlantic City casinos.
However there's an alternative route that will save you $177 in tolls and only add 16 minutes of driving time to your trip. Check it out here on our new truck toll calculator.