In the future, transponders could become obsolete if technology improves so cameras can simply pick up all that's necessary from license plates. When that information is linked with databases, it could mean tolls are deducted automatically from the accounts of registered customers and new customers are billed, said Kristi Lafleur, executive director of the Illinois Tollway.
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Kristi Lafleur, executive director of the Illinois tollway, at the agency's Downers Grove headquarters. Asked if a toll increase is in the offing, Lafleur says, "It's too soon to tell.
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Will we be converting our transponders into coasters? That could be the future of tolling, said Illinois State Toll Highway Authority Executive Director Kristi Lafleur who marked her first anniversary with the agency in April.