Born and raised in Orange County, FasTrak® celebrated its 20th birthday today. Two decades ago, FasTrak was launched by the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) for use on the first 3.2-mile portion of the 241 Toll Road. FasTrak — California’s first and only electronic toll collection system — is now used by five different tolling agencies and more than 3.2 million drivers throughout the state on every tolled bridge, lane, road and structure. TCA alone has more than 863,000 transponders in circulation belonging to 427,505 FasTrak accounts.
As part of the birthday festivities, TCA honored Trabuco Canyon resident Brian Clifton, who has the distinction of being the first FasTrak customer. Clifton opened the very first FasTrak account in August 1993, two months before the road was opened and he continues to drive The Toll Roads on a daily basis.
“It’s been 20 years and my family and I still use FasTrak all the time,” said Brian Clifton. “For us, it has become a way of life and the time savings are critical for getting us to our jobs and the important events throughout Southern California. I can’t imagine what my life would be like without FasTrak and The Toll Roads.”
“When TCA opened the first FasTrak system in the state, our hope was to transform the lives of harried Southern California drivers by using cutting edge technology to save them their most precious commodity: time,” said Orange County Supervisor Patricia Bates, who served on the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency Board of Directors 20 years ago and is a current board member. “We are beyond pleased to see that drivers throughout California see the value of FasTrak, which has become an indispensable part of their daily lives.”