Virginia now has an app that allows drivers to pay for tolls on their smartphones.
GoToll is the first of its kind in the state. It gives drivers the choice of payment while driving on a dozen toll roads.
Industry leaders believe that such apps can essentially replace toll transponders such as E-ZPass and could become the future of tolling.
Bill Cramer, a spokesman for the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, which represents toll facility owners and operators. said it may be another year or two before real growth is seen in such apps.
Transurban launched the GoToll app last month. It operates the Express Lanes on Interstates 95, 395 and 495 in Northern Virginia. The app targets travelers who aren’t frequent toll-road users and don’t have an E-ZPass.
The app works on toll roads that include express lanes on Interstates 395, 95, 495 and 66, and on the Dulles Toll Road in northern Virginia.
In Hampton Roads, the app works on the I-64 Express Lanes, Chesapeake Expressway, George P. Coleman Bridge, South Norfolk Jordan Bridge, Dominion Boulevard and the Elizabeth River Tunnels (midtown and downtown).