In recent times, E-ZPass which is an electronic toll collection system that allows road users to pass the toll booths without requiring any actions or stopping by the driver has been noted to work in over 17 states in the United States of America and some Washington DC areas. There are also plans to include more states. Our interest is to know does E-ZPass work in Texas or not, which the following paragraph will consider.
Texas is one of the states in the United States. It has boundaries with Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and the Mexican state of Chihuahua. According to the report in 2020, the state has a population of over 29.1 million, the second most populated state in the United States after California. With this population, it is unfortunate that E-ZPass transponders do not work on the Texas toll roads. However, other automated toll systems work perfectly on Texas roads.
Other automated toll systems that work in Texas:
There are four toll collection system networks that you can use while travelling through Texas. They include:
Txtag is the main automated toll collection system network in Texas controlled by the Texas department of transportation. Like every other toll system, it is an electronic sticker that can mount inside the windshield of vehicles. It has a thin transponder that communicates with an overhead antenna at toll facilities.
How to get a Tx tag
- Online: You can simply signup online via www.txtag.org. Within three (3) to four (4) business days your activation will be mailed to you and ready for immediate installation. After signing up, you are required to fund your account with $25. Each
- By Phone/ In-person: another way to get a Txtag is by calling one of their representatives through the toll-free line 1-888-468-9824, international customers call 001-214-210-0493 during business hours (8 a.m-5 p.m every Monday to Friday) or by visiting any of their customer service center close to you.
- By Mail: Txtag account can also be created through mail by filling the application form after downloading and printing from their website and forwarding it to Txtag customer service center.
TollTag is an electronic toll collection used in the north Texas area controlled by North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA).
How to get a toll tag:
- Online: You can simply signup online via www.ntta.org. Then select the package that suits you.
- Visit a Tolltag Store: Another easy way to register an account with TollTag is by visiting any of their outlet stores from 9 a.m to 5:30p.m Monday – Friday in Plano; 5900 west Plano parkway, Irving; 555 President George Bush Turnpike, Grand Prairie;5244 TX-360, suite 384, Fort worth; 4825 Overton Ridge Blvd., suite 304 and Dallas: 39025 LBJ service Road.
- By Phone: Another way is to contact through phone call.
E-Z tag is an electronic toll collection system that is being used in Houston, a city in Texas.
How to get an E-Z tag
- Online: You can open an E-Z tag account online via www.hctra.org, and get your E-Z tag mailed to you.
- Visit a Tolltag Store: To get an immediate E-ZTag, it is best to visit any of their outlets from Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
It is an automated toll system created by Transcore that offers an interoperability solution to road users in the USA without a need to manage multiple transponders for toll accounts.
How to register an account with National Pass
- Online: the common means of getting registered with NationalPass is through their website; www.nationalpass.net
General requirement to open an automated toll system in Texas
- Personal information: These include your name, address, and your active phone number.
- Drivers’ Licence: You must provide an updated driver’s licence number
- Vehicle’s information: These include the year of purchase, model among others.
- Payment card information: Your credit or debit card information.
Texas is a popular state located in the South-Central region of the United States. It is the second-most populous state in the U.S after California with a population of 29.1 million. However, E-ZPass does not work in Texas, but the other four automated toll systems work perfectly such as National Pass, Tx Tag, Tolltag, and E-ZTag.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- Why is E-ZPass not functional in Texas?
This could be that E-ZPass is yet to partner with the state, but other tolls systems work in the state you can opt for.
- Can I pay my toll through the mail in Texas?
Pay by mail is only attached to drivers who do not have TxTag, TollTag, or EZTag and want to travel on toll roads operated by the Mobility Authority. They can simply drive the road and wait to receive a bill in the mail. There is no need for prepayment or to register.