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Turner Turnpike drive between Oklahoma City, Tulsa to go cashless May 1

Oklahoma Turnpike Authority

There will be no more stopping to dig that $5 bill out of your wallet during your drive between Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Travelers will soon be unable to pay cash at a toll booth on the Turner Turnpike.

Instead, drivers will breeze right through and have a picture of their license plate taken to be billed later in the mail. State officials say the move will make traveling on turnpikes safer and help traffic flow more quickly.

The move is thanks to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority’s new PlatePay system, which replaces toll booths.

Drivers with PikePass — the OTA’s existing cashless system — can continue as usual while prices stay the same.

But for drivers switching from cash to a bill in the mail, it will cost $8.75 each way instead of $5 for a two-axle vehicle.

OTA says it plans to have all the state’s turnpikes converted to PlatePay by the end of 2024.

This report was produced by the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange, a collaboration of public media organizations. Help support collaborative journalism by donating at the link at the top of this webpage.

Robby grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma and Fayetteville, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Journalism degree. Robby has reported for several newspapers, including The Roanoke Times in southwest Virginia. He reported for StateImpact Oklahoma from 2019 through 2022, focusing on education.
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