Here is a brief introduction of tolling in North America
Toll agencies charge three types of tolls in North America:
First, barrier system. If you pass through the mainline or ramp toll location, you pay toll as if it is a barrier (or a pike). Before the advent of electronic tolling, travelers stopped to pay the pike attendant. If the traffic was light, you stopped to ask the attendant about his son in your local high school team. But now at most locations you don’t even realize that you passed through a barrier toll plaza. Overhead electronic toll collection gantries collect toll at the barrier locations. The gantry reads RFID based transponders installed in your windshield and through a sophisticated IT system deducts tolls based on vehicle characteristics and your profile. For example, toll agencies in Texas and Florida charge barrier tolls based on number of axles. If you are a veteran, if you travel more often, the agency may offer a discount.
Second, ticket system. You pay toll as if you traveled on a subway. You pay tolls based on where you got on (your entry) and where you got off (your exit location). For example, entire length of New Jersey Turnpike) including Pearl Harbor Extension, Pennsylvania Turnpike between Warrendale Main Line Barrier and Neshaminy Falls Main Line Barrier on East-West Main Line and between Mid-County and Wyoming Valley interchanges on Northeast Extension, New York State Thruway between New York Route 17 and Buffalo (including Berkshire Section) and between Buffalo and Pennsylvania State Line (Erie Section), Kansas Turnpike, Ohio Turnpike, Central Florida GreeneWay, Maine Turnpike, Indiana Toll Road between Portage Toll Plaza and Eastpoint Toll Plaza, Florida's Turnpike between Lantana Toll Plaza and Leesburg Toll Plaza and Turner Turnpike and Will Rogers Turnpike in Oklahoma are ticket systems.
Third, distance-based system. You pay toll calculated on how far you traveled on the toll road. For example, ETR-407 north of Toronto charges distance-based tolls. Tolls on 407 ETR and Highway 407 are based on vehicle type (light vehicle, heavy single-unit vehicle and heavy multiple unit vehicle), time-of-day (higher during peak traffic), day-of-week (higher on weekdays), direction of travel, distance between interchanges, payment types (transponder and camera charges (license plate toll)), and zones.
Now that is the theory. In practice, things get interesting.
Now that is the theory. In practice, things get interesting. One agency may use a mix of payment systems. For example, Indiana turnpike and Pennsylvania turnpike tolls are barrier tolls as well as ticket-based tolls. But you are not here to patronize one toll agency. All that you are interested in is traveling to your destination. Say you want to travel from Brampton (north of Toronto) to Boston. Depending on your route, you may travel on ETR-407 (distance-based), New York Thruway (ticket-system) and Mass Pike (barrier system). Tolls on ETR-407 change based on time of day ofyour travel.
Tollguru REST API takes care of all such pesky details. It adds up all the barrier tolls, ticket-based tolls and distance-based tolls on the user routes and returns total toll for the routes for the payment methods you specify. Tollguru REST API also returns your estimated fuel expenses. If you want the fuel costs to be accurate you will need to specify fuel price you paid at the pump and vehicle fuel efficiency (city fuel efficiency and highway fuel efficiency). If you do not specify fuel cost and/or fuel efficiency, REST API will return average values. With Tollguru Toll API taking care of complex toll calculations and intracies of toll payments, you can concentrate on your product: trucking freight operations, transportation modeling, mode choice decision analytics, connected vehicles, rideshare services, billing, or anything where you want to use toll and fuel cost information.
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