Posted on April 1, 2013 at 6:25 AM
Monday, Apr 1 at 6:41 AM
AUSTIN -- Toll rates are dropping across parts of Central Texas.
The Texas Department of Transportation is kicking off a pilot program to encourage semi-truck drivers to use the toll roads. Drivers will stop paying the higher truck rate and will instead pay the same price as passenger vehicles.
The discount applies to tolls that stretch between Georgetown and Seguin on State Highway 130 or Southeast State Highway 45. It also applies to the new 41-mile stretch of SH130 from Mustang Ridge to Seguin. TxDOT says truckers will pay no more than $18.
“In just the Austin segment they will pay $11 to travel from State Highway 45 southeast all the way to Georgetown to State Highway 95. That is a 67 percent decrease in what they would normally pay to travel,” said TxDOT spokesman Mark Cross.
The goal is to clear congestion off Interstate 35. According to TxDOT in 2011, more than 17,000 trucks traveled along I-35 in Travis County.
The pilot program will last through March 30, 2014.