Starting on August 10th, drivers that use PIKEPASS in Oklahoma can also utilize their transponders in north Texas, and TollTag customers in north Texas will have the same convenience on all Oklahoma turnpikes. This is all thanks to an agreement between the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and the North Texas Tollway Authority. "This really allows the customers an ease of use with each other's system," said Jack Damrill, the spokesperson for the OTA. Damrill says that under the new agreement, drivers who drive between Oklahoma and north Texas won't have to worry about getting a bill in the mail and paying it later. The funds will be taken out of a customers' PIKEPASS account.
Furthermore, PIKEPASS users will be charged the TollTag rate instead of the higher ZipCash rate when traveling on NTTA roads. However, the agreement does not cover airport parking. "When this starts on Sunday, PIKEPASS customers will not be able to use there tags at Dallas Love Field or at DFW," explained Damrill. "Those are the only two spots that currently accept a TollTag that will not accept a PIKEPASS." In a similar way, NTTA TollTags will not work at Tulsa International Airport. PIKEPASS will work, however, on all other toll roads throughout the Dallas area, as well as in TEXpress lanes.
As for future efforts in interoperability, Damrill says the next location in Oklahoma's sights is the Sunflower State.
"We are working out the details with Kansas and we'll become interoperable with them later in 2014."
Damrill also said that in the next few years, the OTA is looking into possibly adding Colorado to their agreement, and that other states are going to come on board in the very near future.