SAN DIEGO–FasTrak transponders, which allow motorists to pay tolls electronically while traveling on South Bay Expressway and Interstate 15 Express Lanes, are now available for sale at three Costco locations in Chula Vista and La Mesa.
Bernhard Ostermeier, the first person to register a transponder purchased via Costco, was awarded $50 in free tolls this week. “The purchase was easy and activating/registering online worked just fine,” said Ostermeier, a Chula Vista resident who uses South Bay Expressway to commute to work so he can avoid traffic on Interstate 805.
The transponders are priced at $34.99, but each activated account will receive $40 in pre-paid tolls. Of that amount, $5.01 in free toll credits will be good only for travel on South Bay Expressway. Existing South Bay Expressway customers can add transponders to their account and get the same deal.
Transponders must be registered within three days of use. No deposit for the transponder is necessary with FasTrak accounts set up using a valid credit or debit card.
FasTrak transponders are available at the following Costco locations:
- 895 East H Street, Chula Vista
- 1130 Broadway, Chula Vista
- 8125 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa
FasTrak is the easiest, least expensive, and most convenient way to pay tolls on South Bay Expressway and all other California toll roads and bridges. FasTrak customers enjoy significantly discounted toll rates and special offers. On South Bay Expressway, depending on the length of the trip, FasTrak customers can save up to 80 percent on tolls compared to those who pay with cash or credit. Having a FasTrak transponder mounted on your vehicle allows you to bypass tollbooths without stopping or slowing. The transponder works together with electronic readers installed on the toll roads. When a FasTrak customer is traveling on a toll road, an antenna reads the transponder, and the toll is automatically deducted from the customer’s pre-paid FasTrak account.