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The Skyway's New I-Pass-Only, Reversible Express Lane Opens Next Week

By Kelly Bauer | June 24, 2016 8:37am | Updated on June 24, 2016 10:26am
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CHICAGO — The Skyway will soon have express lanes for drivers with an I-Pass.

Starting July 1, the Skyway will open the express lanes  — and have a new lane configuration, according to the Skyway Concession Company.

“We think E-ZPass motorists who travel the Chicago Skyway regularly will appreciate the benefits offered by E-ZPass express lanes and make them their preferred route,” said Fernando Redondo, CEO of the Skyway Concession Company.

The I-Pass express lanes will reverse during the day to go with the dominant flow of traffic, Skyway Concession Company said. Separating I-Pass drivers from everyone else will means they are able to avoid cash and credit lanes, which take longer to pay tolls, and will "improve the overall customer experience."

The lanes will help people figure out "a lot earlier on" that if they have an I-Pass there's a lane they can go through "that's going to move much more quickly," but there will still be a gate and I-Pass drivers will have to slow down for it, said spokeswoman Avis LaVelle. The speed limit on the I-Pass lanes will be the same as on the rest of the lanes.

The changes to the lanes were made possible by demolishing a popular McDonald's, the company said.

Here's a look at the lane changes:


[All images courtesy Skyway Concession Company]



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