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Old 12-05-2006, 04:25 PM   #21
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Can anyone tell me what's the deal with the Toll road? I have never seen a motorcycle stopped at the toll booth. I always see them cruise through the EZ Tag lanes. Is this just a horrible coincidence that they all have EZ Tags? Or do we not need them? Or do we just have a city full of riders who just dont give t?

I figure worse case scenario...I could always learn to stand up wheelies through the toll booth. (would make for a nice christmas card picture, yeah?)
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Old 12-05-2006, 04:28 PM   #22
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I mentioned the fact that I have never seen a motorcycle stopped before, and wondered if it was coincidence or they all had EZ TAGS. This IS NOT rocket science here....just simple conversation, and wannabe geniuses pop off with smart remarks....
Do you pay for gas when you filled up your car or bike?
Do you pay for tickets when you watch a game or movie?
Do you pay for food after eating at a restaurant?
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Taylor Carleau from the Harris County Toll Road Authority finally came through with the info,

me:I was wondering what the fine for an initial EZ Tag violation (use of EZ Tag lane without EZ Tag) is? Subsequent violations?

taylor: Dear Mr Cash, In order for violations to occur there there must be a 3rd run through, then we add the admin fees. If you need further assistance please feel free to contact us.

me: This isn't all that important. I don't mean to bother ya'll, but here in the office we were discussing the schedule of fines and were interested in knowing what the fines were and how effective they would be in preventing illegal drive-thrus.
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taylor: Do you live in Houston?

me: Yes.

taylor: Are you a student.sorry

me:Sorry, is there a student rate for violations?
I am not a student I work for the Texas Medical Center

taylor: May ask a question?

me: You may, I'm really just interested in knowing the schedule of fines for EZ Tag violations.

taylor: Oh ok.

me:Is this not the correct avenue to pursue such information?

taylor: Yes sir it is.

me: Any chance of receiving that information?

taylor:Tolls amount $1.25 Depending on what booth you went through these are the amounts.

$0.50 If you go through any e-z tag lane a 3rd time we add $33.00 admin fees

$0.75 $11.00 for each run through adding up to $33.00 per invoice

$0.25


14 emails for some esoteric . I wonder where the line of questioning would have gone?
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Old 12-05-2006, 04:34 PM   #24
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Do you pay for gas when you filled up your car or bike?
Do you pay for tickets when you watch a game or movie?
Do you pay for food after eating at a restaurant?
WHAT IN THE FLYIN IS YOUR DAMNED POINT?!?! DO YOU ALWAYS SPEAK SO INCOHERENTLY? OR JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU HAVE A POINT, IN WHICH CASE YOU REALLY DONT BECAUSE YOU OBVIOUSLY MISUNDERSTOOD MY ORIGINAL QUESTION.
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Old 12-05-2006, 04:34 PM   #25
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My tag is under my seat right above the rear tire. When I go through I ride the white line and put my hand under my subframe and cover the tag up. I been doin that for a long time now and aint never (knock on wood) gotten any tickets in the mail. I just gota be sure there aint no "jellys" waitin on the other side for me.
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I went and got an ez tag for my bike, it is the old and big style, but you can keep it in your jacket, or in the storage compartment, it will read anywhere you have it so you don't have to stick it on your bike. It took all of 5 minutes to get it.
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Old 12-05-2006, 04:43 PM   #27
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WHAT IN THE FLYIN IS YOUR DAMNED POINT?!?! DO YOU ALWAYS SPEAK SO INCOHERENTLY? OR JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU HAVE A POINT, IN WHICH CASE YOU REALLY DONT BECAUSE YOU OBVIOUSLY MISUNDERSTOOD MY ORIGINAL QUESTION.
Most people have their bike registered that is why they can go through the ez lane. I may have misunderstood your comment with that questions.
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Most people have their bike registered that is why they can go through the ez lane. I may have misunderstood your comment with that questions.
By registered, do you mean with the Toll Road Authority or registered with the state?

In my original question, I was referring to the fact that cars/trucks need EZ Tags to go through legally but I was wondering if the same was true for bikes. I only asked because I thought it was rather odd that EVERY bike I have ever seen on the beltway goes through the EZ tag lane. So I concluded that it must either be that they are running it, or they ALL had an EZ Tag, or an EZ Tag is not required for bikes.
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By registered, do you mean with the Toll Road Authority or registered with the state?

In my original question, I was referring to the fact that cars/trucks need EZ Tags to go through legally but I was wondering if the same was true for bikes. I only asked because I thought it was rather odd that EVERY bike I have ever seen on the beltway goes through the EZ tag lane. So I concluded that it must either be that they are running it, or they ALL had an EZ Tag, or an EZ Tag is not required for bikes.
I see where you are coming from. Would almost make you think of it like the HOV lanes. HOV stands for High Occupancy Vehicles, which bikes obviously are not, yet they are allowed in the HOV lane. Any body know why ?
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Taylor Carleau from the Harris County Toll Road Authority finally came through with the info,

me:I was wondering what the fine for an initial EZ Tag violation (use of EZ Tag lane without EZ Tag) is? Subsequent violations?

taylor: Dear Mr Cash, In order for violations to occur there there must be a 3rd run through, then we add the admin fees. If you need further assistance please feel free to contact us.

me: This isn't all that important. I don't mean to bother ya'll, but here in the office we were discussing the schedule of fines and were interested in knowing what the fines were and how effective they would be in preventing illegal drive-thrus.
Thanks

taylor: Do you live in Houston?

me: Yes.

taylor: Are you a student.sorry

me:Sorry, is there a student rate for violations?
I am not a student I work for the Texas Medical Center

taylor: May ask a question?

me: You may, I'm really just interested in knowing the schedule of fines for EZ Tag violations.

taylor: Oh ok.

me:Is this not the correct avenue to pursue such information?

taylor: Yes sir it is.

me: Any chance of receiving that information?

taylor:Tolls amount $1.25 Depending on what booth you went through these are the amounts.

$0.50 If you go through any e-z tag lane a 3rd time we add $33.00 admin fees

$0.75 $11.00 for each run through adding up to $33.00 per invoice

$0.25


14 emails for some esoteric . I wonder where the line of questioning would have gone?
I just learned a new word...thanks Cash
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I see where you are coming from. Would almost make you think of it like the HOV lanes. HOV stands for High Occupancy Vehicles, which bikes obviously are not, yet they are allowed in the HOV lane. Any body know why ?
I've been told that the HOV restriction is lifted for bikes because we are vehicles that are at or over 50% occupancy at all times.

EZTag - get one. Worth it. Not only saves time and hassle, but saves money also. Toll lane - $1.25 / EZTag lane - $1.00

My bikes have always had a tag registered to them, but I've still gotten pulled over because the little red flashing light comes on. I pull over, say my pleases and thank yous, hand over the tag from my jacket pocket, and wait for him to come back and say "thanks, have a safe ride!"
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By registered, do you mean with the Toll Road Authority or registered with the state?

In my original question, I was referring to the fact that cars/trucks need EZ Tags to go through legally but I was wondering if the same was true for bikes. I only asked because I thought it was rather odd that EVERY bike I have ever seen on the beltway goes through the EZ tag lane. So I concluded that it must either be that they are running it, or they ALL had an EZ Tag, or an EZ Tag is not required for bikes.
Registered with Toll Road Authority. Only noobs goes through the ez lane without paying. There was a couple of threads on this forum about the toll tags if you want to learn how to avoid paying fines.
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Registered with Toll Road Authority. Only noobs goes through the ez lane without paying. There was a couple of threads on this forum about the toll tags if you want to learn how to avoid paying fines.
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FYI when they first setup the toll road the center part between the lanes had no sensor. So riding between the lanes on the white line would not pick up a bike. I followed a motorcycle cop down the white line a couple of times not paying like the rest of us. But that changed and they cut in new sensors in the middle and one can no longer ride the toll road for free, trust me I know. So you do need to buy a tag and you have to have a tag for each vehicle. If you have an account but don't have a tag for that vehicle they will not charge your account and they will send a nice photo of your A$$ going through. The charge is 15$ for each violation plus what ever the toll fee is, trust me I know that one as well. Each time you go through they will keep sending you photos with fines so it's just earier to buck up and sign up for tags. Also the motorcycle tags usually don't pick you up as you go through so it does take your pick each time. As long as you have a tag for the vehicle and an account they will match it up and charge your account.

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P.S. If you notice at a particular toll booth no cut in betweeen the lanes which means no sensor-- it's a free ride so go for it.
But I believe they all have been redone.

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if you get a photo ticket it's like $18 fine.

if a cop see's you , pulls you and writes you a tickets it's over $200

you decided whether it's worth it over a essentially free tag.
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the beltway @ I45 north @ 290 and @ westhiemer you can ride the line as well as westpark i run these on a almost daily basis. i carry a broken eztag just in case but never needed it and i never see the flashy light and yes its worth it i run 9 tolls a day thats 9.00 over 365 days thats 3285.dollars saved. ill take a ticket or 5 im still ahead...

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the I45 north tolway the 290 tollway and the westhiemer tollway ...
Pardon my ignorance, but I've never seen a tollway on any of these three roads. Up off 45N, there is the Hardy Toll Rd, abd out near 1093 (Old Westheimer) is the Westpark / Ft Bend County Tollway.
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Pardon my ignorance, but I've never seen a tollway on any of these three roads. Up off 45N, there is the Hardy Toll Rd, abd out near 1093 (Old Westheimer) is the Westpark / Ft Bend County Tollway.

beltway 8 at each of these intersections...ieditteed it so its easier to understand

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Ah. Gotcha.

Oh - and for those that stop and pay at the on/off ramps - make sure you get through the lift gate before it comes back down - it HURTS, even with a helmet. A guy on TWT said he paid and put his glove back on, then got bopped in the head on his way through.
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