New Traffic Payment System Begins at DFW Airport

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013  |  Updated 8:55 AM CDT
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New Traffic Payment System Begins at DFW Airport

An upgraded payment system for drivers leaving Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has begun more than a week after its original start date.
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An upgraded payment system for drivers leaving Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has begun more than a week after its original start date.

Airport officials on Wednesday launched the new automated parking control system that registers vehicles driving in and out of the complex.

The system was to begin Aug. 26 but was delayed amid transition issues. Airport spokesman David Magana said the upgraded system should reduce wait times to enter and exit.

Entry lanes and most exit lanes are now automated. Drivers will be able to quickly process their own transactions with a North Texas Toll Authority TollTag or a credit card as they exit the airport. Transaction times should be less than a second or two for TollTag users and about 10 to 15 seconds for a ticket and credit card, Magana said.

Some drivers complained Wednesday morning about slow lines and narrow lanes, but things were moving quickly by 7 a.m. An NBC 5 crew traveled through the lanes three times got through in about 60 seconds each time.

Several booths will be staffed with cashiers at the north and south airport exit plazas.

NBC 5's Christine Lee contributed to this report.

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