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Description of Plaza Lane Types

Lane types within a toll plaza environment with some conventional toll plaza lanes.


Lane Type Description
ACM Lane or Unattended Lane (1) A toll lane with an Automatic Coin Machine (ACM) in place of a toll attendant. Generally signed for vehicles to come to a stop but in practice often allow slow roll-through. May include ETC and license plate cameras.
Conventional Lane = Manual Lane = Attended Lane = Full-Service Lane (1) A toll lane wherein a Toll Service Attendant is present to accept cash, card, token or ticket as toll payment from a customer.
Mixed Use Lane (1) A toll plaza lane accepting multiple options for toll payment. Typically modified to include ETC. Generally signed for vehicles to come to a stop but in practice allow slow roll-through for electronic transactions.
Dedicated ETC Lane = ETC Lane (1) A toll plaza lane used to only accept ETC for toll payment and typically allowing roll-through speeds or speeds less than the roadway speed limit. More often with license-plate cameras for toll enforcement, but some toll operators use gates for toll enforcement instead of cameras.
Convertible Lane (1) A toll plaza lane which can operate in more than one mode, for example in a conventional mode with a toll attendant, in an automatic mode with a machine to accept payment, or in a dedicated ETC Lane mode.
Non-Stop Lane (2) A lane designed for ETC customers in a conventional toll plaza, with conventional toll lane widening or changes to safely allow for higher-speed ETC-Only travel. Typically with license plate tolls for enforcement.
ORT Lanes (3) Open-Road Tolling, also called All-Electronic Toll lanes, equivalent to Multi-Lane Free Flow (MLFF) roadways, which allow drivers to pass by without making lane changes or slowing down. Vehicles in these lanes are driving through a highway section with no restrictions or horizontal or vertical clearances or travel speed.