The NC Turnpike Authority says drivers are queuing up for the windshield-mounted transponders that allow tolls to be automatically debited from prepaid accounts through NC Quick Pass.
Since last October, when two Charlotte-area customer service centers opened, 157,000 transponders have been sent out, the authority said.
On the first day the I-77 toll lanes opened, the program issued 1,800 transponders, six times the normal number. On the first business day the lanes were open, June 3, more than 3,100 transponders were issued, a one-day record. More than 30,000 transponders were issued in the first three weeks after the lanes opened.
But many drivers in northern Mecklenburg are emphatically not on board with the toll lanes, insisting that I-77 should have been widened with free lanes. Some commenters on social media have called for a boycott of the new lanes.