Houston Toll Road Passes - The EZ Tag
The EZ Tag is an electronic toll road pass that allows drivers to use designated lanes for paying tolls. It is a convenient option to avoid the hassle of lining up at the toll booth, and it can help you save money on your travel expenses. EZ Tag Houston
The Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) offers EZ Tags in Houston and the entire state of Texas. The tags are issued to drivers through a system that uses automated radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. The EZ Tag is designed to read and transmit the vehicle’s registration number when it passes a roadside toll reader device.
You can open an EZ Tag account online, in person at a nearby EZ TAG store, or over the phone. You can also sign up for an EZ Tag Express account, which takes the hassle out of paying for tolls and allows you to use the designated EZ TAG lanes on all Houston-area toll roads, as well as throughout Texas.
How to Get an EZ TAG
Drivers can get an EZ Tag by visiting the Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) website, or by calling toll road customer service. There are no minimum balance requirements or auto-reload options, and you can pay for tolls with cash, credit cards, or a bank account.
HCTRA offers two toll tags, the TxTag and the EZ Tag. The TxTag requires a $20 down payment and no minimum balance requirement. It can be reloaded whenever your account is below $25, which is an easy way to manage your finances.
Both toll tags are available to residents in Houston, although Harris County’s EZ Tag has a smaller selection of routes and is not as widely used. HCTRA also offers a Cash Reloadable EZ Tag, which can be loaded with cash at H-E-B grocery stores or Corner Store by Valero and reloaded online.
In November 2015, HCTRA added a new version of the EZ Tag to their roster: The EZ Tag by BancPass. Like the standard EZ Tag, it allows you to load your account with cash at major retailers or reload online using a debit or credit card. However, the EZ Tag by BancPass differs from the standard EZ Tag in that it does not automatically reload your balance when it gets low.
How to Use the EZ Tag Mobile App
The EZ Tag mobile app is designed to take the hassle out of paying for tolls in the Houston area and throughout Texas. Simply download, set up your account with your vehicle and payment information, and get on the road!
You can use a free trip calculator to plan your route, estimate the cost of your trip and find out which tolls to pay. It will show you the cheapest, fastest and other optimal routes to your destination. You can even use it to calculate how much fuel you will need based on your route and your vehicle’s weight.
The EZ Tag mobile app also includes an EZ TAG Express account, which takes the hassle out of using the designated EZ TAG lanes on Houston-area toll roads and throughout Texas. It works on all toll roads in the state and is optimized for iOS devices.