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Motorists reminded of best way to expedite travel

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 12:00am

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) wants to remind travelers and regular commuters at the La. 1 toll road of the best way to expedite travel through the gantry.

"We must continue to communicate with our customers to give them confidence that they are using the machine properly," said Rhett Desselle, DOTD Assistant Secretary of Operations. "We monitor the La. 1 toll daily, so we are on top of any challenges."

The most efficient way to expedite the toll process is for motorists, especially regular commuters, to open a GeauxPass Toll Tag account. Drivers can avoid lines or delays in the dedicated left lane for toll tag users. The advantages of using GeauxPass are no lines at the toll gantry; no scrambling for loose change or dollar bills; no need to open car windows in bad weather; access to non-stop, open toll lane on La. 1; GeauxPass is a snap to install - no tools necessary; and the GeauxPass Toll Tag also works at the Crescent City Connection Bridge.

However, for periodic travelers to the area, a few things they can do to expedite their travel experience on La. 1 are the following:

  • Pay attention to the advance signs along La. 1, leading up to the toll gantry, to pre-determine your vehicle toll classification BEFORE you reach the in-lane cash and charge machine.
  • Have your cash or credit/debit card ready before you reach the in-lane cash and charge machine. If using cash, make sure that bills are in good condition so that the machine will accept.
  • Take your time when approaching the in-lane cash and charge machine, so your vehicle is within arm's reach of the keypad, credit/debit card swiper and bill/coin collectors.
  • Select your vehicle type from the chart posted next to the keypad, remember to press "OK" BEFORE inserting your cash or credit/debit card.

To reduce transaction time, toll customers are encouraged to use a credit/debit card, or use a minimum number of bills for payment if using cash.

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