Cash toll collections on toll roads in Orange County will be a thing of the past starting tomorrow. Dozens of toll booth workers will be punching in their final time cards today as State Routes 73, 133, 241, and 261 go towards a non-stop, cashless toll system.
Toll booth Supervisor Cheryl Birch has been on the job for 16 years and says "today is bitter sweet. I'll miss seeing all the drivers in the morning and the sunrises along 73." She says now she'll be looking for a new job.
Starting Wednesday, license plate readers will take the place of toll booth attendants. Drivers do not need a transponder but will have to set up an account to pay for tolls online or through the mail.
There's also FasTrack and The Toll Roads app to help drivers manage their accounts.
Current FasTrack drivers should keep their transponders on their windshields to continue to get a discounted rate.
The Transportation Corridor Agency says after 21 years cash toll booths will be shutting down, saving roughly 14 million dollars over the next five years.