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App is available to pay tolls on a dozen roads in Virginia, including in Hampton Roads

Midtown Tunnel between Norfolk and Portsmouth. (WYDaily/Courtesy of SKANSKA)
Midtown Tunnel between Norfolk and Portsmouth. (WYDaily/Courtesy of SKANSKA)

Virginia now has an app that allows drivers to pay for tolls on their smartphones.

GoToll is the first of its kind in the state. It gives drivers the choice of payment while driving on a dozen toll roads.

Industry leaders believe that such apps can essentially replace toll transponders such as E-ZPass and could become the future of tolling.

Bill Cramer, a spokesman for the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, which represents toll facility owners and operators. said it may be another year or two before real growth is seen in such apps.

Transurban launched the GoToll app last month. It operates the Express Lanes on ­Interstates 95, 395 and 495 in Northern Virginia. The app targets travelers who aren’t frequent toll-road users and don’t have an E-ZPass.

The app works on toll roads that include express lanes on Interstates 395, 95, 495 and 66, and on the Dulles Toll Road in northern Virginia.

In Hampton Roads, the app works on the I-64 Express Lanes, Chesapeake Expressway, George P. Coleman Bridge, South Norfolk Jordan Bridge, Dominion Boulevard and the Elizabeth River Tunnels (midtown and downtown).

John Mangalonzohttp://wydaily.com
John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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