Monthly Archives: December 2013
Watching the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade tomorrow? If so, keep an eye out for a float sponsored by DigAlert encouraging property owners to use DigAlert’s free underground service before digging so that buried utilities can be identified and do-it-yourself mishaps can be avoided.
This is the first Rose Parade float for DigAlert. It is covered with several types of seeds, grasses and petals, 9,000 roses, 3,000 Bombay dendrobium orchids and a slew of other natural materials.
Visit DigAlert’s Facebook page to view float photos and get the latest news from parade central.
The Toll Roads use DigAlert (also known as Underground Service Alert of Southern California) every day to protect the extensive fiber-optic cabling and utility systems that help manage our 51 miles of roadway. Dozens of DigAlerts for construction projects on and near The Toll Roads are received and reviewed by our engineers every month to prevent damage and we use the DigAlert system to be informed about construction projects that may affect our drivers’ trips on The Toll Roads.
DigAlert has been providing its free public service to Southern California since 1976 and is funded by more than 900 Southern California utilities. Before you dig anywhere contact DigAlert at http://www.digalert.org or call 811.
Look for the DigAlert float in the Rose Parade and have a safe and happy New Year!
For the seventeenth year in a row, The Toll Roads’ employees have helped Santa get presents to families at the Thomas House Family Shelter. Located in Garden Grove, Thomas House provides a safe, supportive environment and the resources necessary for homeless families with children to remain together while empowering them to become independent and self-sufficient.
Through The Toll Roads’ Santa’s Helpers Program, employees select a Thomas House resident to shop for based on that person’s wish list. Employees shop during their off hours using their own money and, in total, usually purchase gifts for 40 to 60 adults and 15 to 20 children.
“This year, I was a Santa’s Helper for a one year old who wanted anything Disney, so I bought a large stuffed Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse sippy cup and fuzzy slippers. I look forward each year to buying a gift for a child who is far less fortunate than my own. When wrapping the gift, I think of the smile on his or her face and the excitement they must feel when opening what I wrapped,” said The Toll Roads employee Bill.
“My family has participated in the Santa’s Helper Program for over six years now. The reward is not only the spirit of giving, but having my grandchildren contribute in, both, the selection of the gift and a contribution of a few coins from their own savings. It’s everyone working together to bring joy,” said The Toll Roads employee Tom.
“I picked a little girl who is four years old and loves Minnie Mouse. She had a Minnie Mouse tea set and anything Minnie Mouse on her wish list. I purchased the tea set and a plush Minnie dressed in pink. I was drawn to this little girl because I recently got a new puppy named Mini!” said The Toll Roads employee Linda.
Each year the Santa’s Helpers Program is spearheaded by The Toll Roads employee Dale. All of Santa’s Helpers count on her to be the lead elf and are thankful for the work she does to get gifts and holiday cheer to those in need.
The Toll Roads have teamed up with Albertsons to make opening a FasTrak® account even more convenient and accessible for Southern California drivers. FasTrak transponders are now available at 30 of Albertsons’ Orange County retail locations and come with up to $9 in free tolls.
Customers can open a new FasTrak account with The Toll Roads and get a transponder at participating Albertsons Orange County stores for $36. Once the transponder is activated on thetollroads.com, $40 in prepaid tolls will be automatically credited to the account. For a limited time, customers will receive an additional $5 in free tolls, amounting to a total of $45 in tolls in their new FasTrak account. As an added bonus, customers who choose to replenish their new FasTrak account using electronic check will be credited a total of $50 in tolls through the holiday season. The promotion is valid through January 14, 2014.
Each new FasTrak transponder package comes with:
- One FasTrak transponder from The Toll Roads
- Information booklet containing
- Registration instructions for establishing an account
- FasTrak License Agreement
- Map of The Toll Roads
- Information about The Toll Roads App
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Mounting strips
“TCA is the creator of FasTrak and was the first toll authority in California to sell transponders in retail stores. The retail program has proven successful and I am thrilled that we are expanding the program to include Albertsons Orange County stores,” said Neil Peterson, CEO of TCA, the public agencies responsible for operating The Toll Roads. “The stature of the Albertsons name will — without a doubt — enable us to expand our reach to potential new customers.”
FasTrak transponders are distributed at Albertsons’ service desk. See Albertsons cashier for information on the holiday promotion.