AUSTIN - Truck drivers who opt to use toll roads to avoid Interstate 35 in Austin will see an additional cut in toll prices starting Tuesday.
The second phase of TxDOT’s Truck Toll Discount Program begins Nov. 1 and is expected to run until Aug. 31, 2017. During the period, TxDOT said trucks that use SH 130 and SH 45SE between Georgetown and Buda and have a valid TxTag will pay the standard two-axle rate. Trucks without a valid TxTag will pay the standard 3-axle, Pay By Mail rate.
Current rate/Discounted rate
- TxTag: $24.12/$8.04
- Pay By Mail: $32.07/$21.41
Truckers who currently pay by mail will see a 75 percent reduction in rate if they get a TxTag, TxDOT said. The discounted rates are in effect 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday.
“By incentivizing truck drivers to use SH 130 during peak hours, we hope to help ease some of the gridlock we see on I-35 through Austin,” said Texas Department of Transportation Executive Director James Bass. “Diverting these trucks will not only benefit the truck drivers, but also commuters on I-35 who will have less traffic to contend with while trying to reach their destinations.”
“Addressing congestion on I-35, one of the most congested corridors in Texas, will take an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach,” said Sen. Kirk Watson. “Incentivizing trucks to use SH 130 is one part of that effort.”
“When a tractor trailer has an accident on I-35, the city shuts down,” said Rep. Celia Israel. “Last year was one of the most deadly on Texas highways and my hope is this program will mean a safer experience for those who travel I-35.”
The 84th Legislature approved $18.7 million over two years to provide the discounts to large trucks using SH 130 and SH 45SE. Other toll roads in the Austin area (MoPac, SH 45N, 183A, 290 Toll and SH 130 between Mustang Ridge and Sequin) are not included in the program.
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