For hundreds of years, people all around the world have been paying tolls to use roadways and bridges. The fees have generated revenue for private companies and state and local governments.In the late 1980s, technology was developed that allowed drivers to pay tolls electronically rather than with cash. It was the start of a major transformation of highway travel.
The innovation has had several benefits. 1) It’s convenient for travelers, 2) It has reduced emissions because vehicles aren’t idling while in long lines, 3) There are fewer accidents because drivers don’t have to slow down, go through a toll booth, and then merge back into traffic, and 4) It’s cheaper for states because the collection system is automated.