Wednesday, March 27, 2013
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE & BAY AREA TOLL AUTHORITY CUT OVER TO ALL ELECTRONIC TOLLING
As the Golden gate Bridge made their final cut-over to ALL ELECTRONIC TOLLING on March 27, 2013, Blackstone’s retailers in the ten county area offered cash payment customers new options through our Touch-n-Buy kiosks at participating retailers. Blackstone’s retailers offer all four toll options: FasTrak reloads and three new Pay-By-Plate options that include License Plate Account, One-Time Payment, and Toll Invoice.
License Plate Accounts are best suited for drivers who choose to “pay as they go” and choose to forgo the benefits of paying FasTrak’s discounted toll rates. Consumers may add up to 5 license plates per account. If using cash, a prepaid toll balance equivalent to a single toll is required, and the toll is deducted from the Account when the vehicle crosses the Bridge.
Making a One-Time Payment is exactly what it sounds like: the consumer makes a toll payment, one payment at a time. One-Time Payments are suggested for customers that want to pay using cash, visitors traveling in their own vehicles from out-of-state or out-of the country, and infrequent bridge crossers. One-Time Payments can be made up to 30 days before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge or within 48 hours after and can be made using a credit card or cash.
If the consumer has not had the time to take action to open a FasTrak Account, open a License Plate Account, or make a One-Time Payment, a Toll Invoice is generated a few days after they cross the Golden Gate Bridge and mailed to the registered own of the vehicle. The Toll Invoice is only for the toll amount due.
Blackstone is proud to include the tolling category in our portfolio of products as “drivers of traffic” to our retail network, and we now process transactions for SunPass in Florida, EZPass in New York, and FasTrak in California.
Established in 1995, Blackstone has successfully managed to bring a complete end-to-end prepaid program to all retailers regardless of their size. Our comprehensive proprietary platform provides complete merchant solutions from credit/debit processing, prepaid products and bill payment solutions through a multitude of interactive touch screen systems. Our unique Point-of-Sale systems have dual prepaid capabilities, which no other company can offer. Blackstone consistently provides merchants with competitive prepaid and processing rates to meet all of their sales and processing needs. For more information about Blackstone and all their products and services, please visit our website www.blackstoneonline.com or contact us at 1-800-639-9590