The Drive: MnPASS transponders can't be used in other states

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 10, 2013 - 9:22 PM

Changes in technology could make that feasible in the next few years

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arspartzFeb. 10, 13 7:15 PM

It would cost that much now, to hang redundant equipment. How much would it have cost to go with the defacto national standard system in the first place?

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reader2580Feb. 10, 13 7:51 PM

Why didn't they put in the equipment to be compatible with EZ Pass in the first place? MN Pass isn't that old.

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MellersFeb. 10, 13 8:28 PM

Because if they did, they would likely be REQUIRED to use someone else's technology, share their funds, and instantly be on a system that isn't very MN-friendly. As the article stated, we don't have toll roads, instantly making our system different from theirs.

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MellersFeb. 10, 13 8:29 PM

By the way, do you or anyone you know want to use an East Coast system? I don't. Why use a system for a dozen people if it costs $$$$$? People would be complaining about having to pay for a system we're not using. Geesh. They can't win.

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supervon2Feb. 10, 13 8:29 PM

Here are the facts: 1. The people selling the technology were major contributors to the DFL. 2. This technology was sold as compatible with tollways in North and South Dakota and Iowa. However, if you purchase an Illinois transponder it will take you all the way through the tollways to the Atlantic Ocean. Good thing we did not offer that convience and politics was more important. BTW-where was the Strib in all this? Can you say asleep at the wheel?

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curiouskgFeb. 10, 13 8:57 PM

Make sure your transponder DOES shut off when out of the clip. Mine didn't - got charged whenever I went through a reading point, regardless if it was in the clip or not.

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tinosaFeb. 10, 13 9:31 PM

Oh and wait until you get a collection notice in the mail that you were in the wrong lane or ran a toll booth. Doesn't matter that you had EZpass in the car and their system didn't work properly. That 25 cent toll will now cost you $120 dollars and nobody wants to listen to your story about their poor equipment.

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mdcastleFeb. 11, 13 8:58 AM

The number of people that drive to Chicagoland is not insignificant. Maybe they'd have more MN PASS users if we could avoid stopping at a toll booth every 20 miles while driving down there

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