The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) has finalized interoperability agreements with partners in Texas, allowing PIKEPASS customers to use their transponder throughout the State of Texas.
“We are excited to announce that PIKEPASS customers will be able to use their transponders in all of Texas,” said Tim Gatz, OTA Executive Director. “The hard work by all agencies to make this happen will benefit not only our customers, but those from other states that will be able to use their transponders in the State of Oklahoma.”
The agreements will allow PIKEPASS customers to use their passes on the Harris County Toll Road Authority turnpikes in the Houston area. In addition, PIKEPASS may be used on roads in the Austin, Texas area operated by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and TxDOT toll roads. As part of the agreement, customers can now also travel Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority highways southwest of Houston.
“Our customers have long, been wanting interoperability and we continue to see the benefit to travelers as agencies work together,” Gatz said.
The OTA has been interoperable with the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) in the Dallas/Ft. Worth-area and the Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA) since 2014.
The new agreements also allow Texas customers with TxTag and EZ Tag’s to be used on the Oklahoma Turnpike system.
Customers who have both a Pikepass and an EZ Tag should call to determine which tag would benefit them the most. Due to the potential of billing on both accounts for the same trip if two tags are located in the same vehicle, OTA recommends users call PIKEPASS Customer Service Center at 1-800-PIKEPASS (1-800-745-3727 to determine the needs of the individual driver. The customer’s PIKEPASS account must be in good standing to qualify for interoperability.
For more information about this project and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, please visit www.PIKEPASS.com
About Oklahoma Turnpike Authority
Oklahoma Turnpike Authority was established in 1947 to construct, operate and maintain Oklahoma turnpikes. Today, Oklahoma turnpikes are the safest and quickest ways to travel across the state. Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is managing multiple renovations throughout the state to maintain and operate the turnpike system to the highest standard. To learn more about the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and recent projects, visit, www.pikepass.com.