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I just bought an IPASS transponder thing at a Jewel Osco today since I'm visiting the Fiancee's parents for the weekend and I was wondering where you guys mount or put your IPASS. I'm a little worried about attaching the 3M tape to the inside of the windshield and was wondering if there were any nice alternatives... like possibly just leaving it on the dash.

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I-PASS is the Illinois Tollway's Electronic Toll Collection Program. Users of the Tollway are encouraged to open an account that allows them to travel through the toll plazas faster, in many cases without having to stop, and to avoid having to handle cash toll payments.

I-PASS users pay a refundable security deposit ($20.00, or $10 for those choosing automatic replenishment) for the use of the equipment and then prepay their tolls into an account ($40.00 minimum). As the user drives through the toll collection lanes, the individual toll at that location is electronically deducted from their prepaid toll balance. Motorist's who choose, also sign up for automatic replenishment by credit card so that when their account balance falls below $10.00, a $40.00 (minimum) replenishment is credited to their account. This process takes approximately 24 hours.

You can open your I-PASS account using a credit card or check. When you open your account you are issued a small device called a "transponder". This transponder communicates through radio signals with the toll plazas as you drive through them. Account information is sent back and forth between your transponder and the plaza and your prepaid toll balance is debited.

The transponder mounts to your vehicle's windshield, right behind the rearview mirror. It mounts on dualock (velcro like) strips and is removable and can be moved from car to car. Make sure to register all vehicles when establishing your account so you get the correct amount of mounting strips.

The account is set up as a prepaid debit account so you are responsible to maintain a positive balance in your account at all times. The most convenient way to do this is to sign up for automatic replenishment by credit card*** which will automatically charge $40.00 to your credit card whenever your prepaid account balance falls below $10.00. Alternately, you can call in a credit card replenishment at 1-800-824-7277 (1800 UCI-PASS), mail a check to us at I-PASS, P.O. Box 557, Taylorville, IL 62568 or visit our Downers Grove Customer Care Center, to replenish in cash.

Once you mount the transponder on your windshield, you never need to remove it for normal use. There is no interaction between you and the transponder, it all happens electronically! You may, however, want to remove the transponder for safety purposes, as if the transponder is lost or stolen, you are responsible for the security deposit.

When you approach a toll plaza you can use any toll collection lane but in most cases the I-PASS dedicated lanes will be your first choice. There are three types of I-PASS dedicated lanes. The Car I-PASS ONLY lanes are located to the far left in the plaza and are posted for 30MPH. The I-PASS EXPRESS lanes are located in the center of the plaza and are separated from all other toll plaza traffic, allowing patrons in that lane to travel at the posted speed limit. The Truck I-PASS Only lanes where available are located between the manual and automatic lanes and are for trucks only, with a 5 m.p.h. speed limit.

Though we do have many locations where you do not have to stop, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO COME TO A COMPLETE STOP WHEN USING THE MANUAL OR AUTOMATIC LANES.

As you drive through the lanes, you will see a blue light come on. This means your I-PASS transaction has been successfully completed. You may also see a yellow light come on. If you do, this means your account balance has fallen below $10.00 and you need to take steps to replenish your account immediately.

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Yeah that's very cool.....

Remember I live in Canada....... gravel is very common for roads...lol j/k It's not that bad... they did mention taking a toll for adding another bridge to the city here but I don't think it went over very well with the farmers around this area (very big farming state/province here).

Thanks Brad....
 

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I don't use I-Pass, but if I did I would throw it in the door pocket of the car, and then hold it up to the windshield when I rolled through a toll booth. The toll booths aren't that frequent that I would have the thing mounted on my windshield, or even balanced on my dash.
 

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^^Yeah, what I hate is people give me the whole you have 7 heads looks when I say I don't have one. Well, hey we don't it. So whatever. We tend to find roads where you skip the tollways, like go Rt.72 then finally hop on I-90 and no tolls if your headed towards Wisconsin, etc.........
 

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Another thing with the I-Pass is that it saves you alot of money. All tolls are double without the I-pass. Going to a Cub's game in Chicago, I would spend 1.80 at Dixon, 1.80 at dekalb, .80 in Aurora and I think 1 more outside Chicago. Total $5.20. With an I-Pass it would be $2.60. Well worth the extra effort to get it.
 

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lol...might be a little money-saving, but it would take me probably 5 yrs to go through 40 bucks worth of tolls. I don't commute on the tollways, only when I travel somewhere.

Plus, there's the added benefit of not having the government be able to track my travels, which creeps me out.
 

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Like I just found out OnStar tracks you through GPS to see where your at, kinda freaky too. I’m with Amanda on this one, no thank you. But OnStar has a reason to track ya, but still. Yeah, rag on me, I barely found this out. LOL
 

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BASSman said:
Another thing with the I-Pass is that it saves you alot of money. All tolls are double without the I-pass. Going to a Cub's game in Chicago, I would spend 1.80 at Dixon, 1.80 at dekalb, .80 in Aurora and I think 1 more outside Chicago. Total $5.20. With an I-Pass it would be $2.60. Well worth the extra effort to get it.
GOOOOO CUBBIES!!! Anyways I think it cost us a little under $6 every time we go to Chicago so $5.20 sounds right. I like saving money, I always thought you had to be a resident of Illinois to buy an IPASS...
 

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I'm guessing you could be living anywhere in the US and still buy an I-PASS. When I bought mine, I just needed to call their Corporate Telephone Number or something and give them my vehicle information. About 10 minutes after I activated my transponder, it was ready for Tollway use. Quite nice actually [thumb]

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