The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s consultant projected there was demand on the expressway for just under 146,000 daily transactions in its first year, though a consultant said there would be a “ramp-up” period when people adjusted to the expressway. That ramp-up projection is for just under 90,000 daily transactions in the first year.
A transaction is when a car or truck passes under one of the seven electronic tolling stations on each side of the highway. So, a 36-mile round trip would count as 14 transactions.
In December — the expressway’s first full month of operation — it averaged 60,000 daily transactions, according to data obtained by WFAE.