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PIKEPASS customers face changes May 13

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Customers must have more than $0 balance to travel Texas, Kansas tollways

OKLAHOMA CITY – Starting May 13, Oklahoma pre-paid PIKEPASS customers’ accounts with a $0 or less balance will no longer be able to use their PIKEPASS on North Texas Tollway (NTTA) or Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA) toll roads. 

The change comes as the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority works to become interoperable with all of Texas' tollway system and the Kansas' turnpike system.

"If an account has a negative balance or a $0 balance, the PIKEPASS will no longer be operable with Kansas and north Texas," said Jack Damrill, OTA spokesperson.

"They have a different system that does not allow customers to go into the negative. This is necessary as we start the process to become interoperable with all of Texas by the fall or winter."

The three states will become part of a central hub that handles turnpike and tollway accounts. Oklahoma will join the hub on May 13, Damrill said.

In the past, the OTA guaranteed PIKEPASS accounts, so if a customer with a negative balance traveled the North Texas Tollway Authority, the OTA would be responsible for covering the payment to its neighboring state.

"We had to make this change in order to become interoperable when someone travels through Kansas or Texas," Damrill said

Customers need to be aware that failure to have a balance above $0 prior to and during travel on NTTA and KTA toll roads will either be license plate billed or be required to pay cash at the time of travel. 

It is important that PIKEPASS customers maintain a positive balance in their account at all times, Damrill said.

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